Do you keep up with the news? If you’re like me, you find that your well-being takes a nosedive after a dose of the news. Nonetheless, I don’t think we should avoid it. A strong democracy requires us to be informed citizens. That’s what led me to study the question: What can we do to keep informed without a major cost to our well-being?
This is the last call for Michelle McQuaid’s outstanding course, Show Up, Shine, and Succeed since registration ends on Sunday, March 13. It’s also the announcement of a new movie for exploring what positive psychology is and what it brings to the world.
For years, the thought of joining Twitter filled me with dread. I was convinced it would upset the balance of life. My privacy would go out the window, and, worse still, I’d probably be judged, abused or ridiculed for saying the wrong thing.
I was wrong.
It turns out that Twitter is so much more than I realized. I had a pleasant surprise in store. It fuels, nay turbocharges, one of my greatest passions: learning.
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Hurricane Sandy, Utoya, Homelessness: Constructive News out of Loss
It is possible to create constructive news stories, even when horrible events occur. It’s being done in a growing number of conventional newsrooms. News can leave the audience with inspiration, hope, and solutions that were already there in the situation. As reporters, we need to look for them to see them. Here are some of the Positive Psychology tools that lead to constructive journalism.
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Measuring the Nation’s Well-Being – A Skeptical Update
A few months ago I wrote about the British government’s intention to measure national well-being. This project came about because of the obvious failing of GDP (gross domestic product) to capture all the nuances of social and economic progress (and lack of it). I promised to update you on this project’s progress, and at the end of July 2011, a series of reports was issued by the Office for National Statistics.
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IPPA Fellows at the Opening Night
The opening night at the IPPA World Congress included naming 6 new IPPA fellows, followed by addresses from three exceptional men. Ed Diener on 5 research findings, Chris Peterson on 6 directions that positive psychology is moving, and Martin Seligman on measuring and extending well-being.
Have you seen any good movies lately? If not, you’re in luck! Announcing the second annual positive psychology movie awards! Here are 10 of the best positive psychology films of 2010. Whether or not they are snubbed by the actual Academy Awards ceremony, each of these films has its merits from a specific positive psychology lens and is worthy of your viewing time.
When I stumbled upon research about the effects of the economic crisis on well-being, I was primed to be curious because I had just read Louisa Jewell’s critique of Bright-Sided…
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Inception: Finding Positive Psychology in a Movie
The film, Inception, explores the phenomenon of ideas. Where do they start? How are they influenced? Can we extract ideas from each other, and when we do, to whom do they belong? Can we cause others to incept (take in) ideas by influencing them to think what we want them to think? The film shows how these powers can be used for good as well as evil.
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It’s Not You… When Your Teen is Right and School is Wrong– The Myths of Education™ (Part 3)
In a recent study, I found that a child’s gifts may actually be at odds with the way he is expected to learn: the very gifts that will help him in life, hurt him in school. The conflict between teens’ gifts and school demands is a good reason to question whether our approach to education is best for teens. Yet there is an even more fundamental reason to re-think this myth.
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What Do You Wish For?
Wishes touch on so many aspects of positive psychology. That is because wishes tell us something about what it means to be human. They frame for us our vision of what is important – both those things that are “big I” Important that give us meaning and purpose, as well as the little pleasures and comforts that ease and aide us in our enjoyment of life. Wishes help us define a vision of what is possible and show us what life could be.
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Me, and Six Billion Others
How can our children develop these sort of empathic bonds with others if their interactions are with a screen rather than real-life, flesh-and-blood people? Photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand had an idea. While stranded in Mali in the 1980’s, Arthus-Bertrand spent an evening listening to another man’s life story. […]
Remember habits? In his “Talks to Students,” William James states that “action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.”
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Positive Psychology – It’s So Much More Than Happiness!
Positive Psychology Detractor Exorcised by Big Leap In his new book Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholia, Eric G. Wilson blends his experience as a sufferer of chronic sadness and…
In the mid-1980’s, Howard Jones crooned on the radio: “What is love anyway? Does anybody love anybody anyway?” Here, two days before Valentine’s Day, I thought I would explore the…
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Why Seeing “The Bucket List” Might Change Your Life & Make You Happy
Imagine this: A corporate billionaire and a working class mechanic have nothing in common until they share a hospital room and realize that they both share a burning desire to spend the time that they do have left to accomplish unfulfilled dreams until they “kick the bucket.”
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Happiness at Work
What can Positive Psychology say about being happy at work? Are there some people for whom happiness at work is easier? Are there actual ways to increase happiness at work? Yesterday, a few of us answered questions on a radio show with host and best-selling author, Karen Salmansohn.
Jeff Peters “has been engaged in as many schemes for making money as there are recipes for cooking rice in Charleston, S.C.” When told by a constable that the next…
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Does TV Make Us Happy?
Watching television is probably the most common pastime in the world. On average Americans spend about five hours per day watching TV, while Europeans are glued to the box for over three and a half hours daily.
But not without a little guilt. Most of us realize that the good life doesn’t involve daily doses of Big Brother. Now University of Zurich researcher Bruno Frey has confirmed that sneaking suspicion: watching TV makes us less happy.
A pervasive belief in American society is that money is the answer to all of our prayers. Many Americans believe that if they only had money, they would be able…