Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness. Shakti Gawain The word “authentic” emerges as…
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4th ECPP (Part 2/3): Three Distinct Lessons I’ve learnt
A couple of weeks ago, at the 4th European Conference of Positive Psychology conference in Croatia, I presented a study on the impact of Job Design and Team Structure on…
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4th ECPP (Part 1/3): Croatia Delivers Fabulous Conference
(Special thanks to Elaine O’Brien for her contribution to this article) The city of Opatija, Croatia is a seaside gem with beautiful landscapes, architecture, and design. The breathtaking sceneries are…
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Interview with Alex Linley: Amplification of Positive Psychology (Part 2 of 2)
I urge all positive psychologists – especially the younger generation – to investigate this and to build greater communion and understanding between the traditions of thought in the East and the West. ~ Alex Linley. In Part 2 of the interview, we try to learn more from the experience of Alex Linley on how to promote, apply, and amplify positive psychology in a widened sense.
Interview with Alex Linley: Strengthening the World (Part 1 of 2)
“Realizing strengths, in my view, is the smallest thing that you can do to make the biggest difference.”
~ Alex Linley
I first met Alex when he gave a speech in my positive psychology class in Aston Business School. Since he is the one who led me to the world of Positive Psychology, this interview has special meaning.
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Lesson from the Earthquake: Altruism and Selfless Love
Last Monday’s catastrophic earthquake measuring a 7.8 on the Richter Scale in Wenchuan County of China’s Sichuan province jolted not only the region, but also many of our hearts. Disasters might trigger the most magnificent qualities of humanity – which includes love, courage, unity, and the perseverance to survive.
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Where Has Our Birthday Wish Gone? From Wishes and Goals to the Journey of a Flourishing Life
A birthday is a special day for many of us. We all make wishes on our birthdays. It has been said that fewer than 15 per cent of birthday wishes are realized: most are broken within two weeks. We may start wondering why our birthday wishes would make us so miserable. Aren’t they supposed to make us hopeful and anticipative of our future?
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On Graduation Day… Reflection on the Importance of Praise and Appreciation
Today is my graduation ceremony for my Master degree, a big and significant day. In this sweet and warm moment, I could not stop myself from reflecting on my life as a Masters’ student over the past year. This day makes me think of Praise and Appreciation, which I have learnt from my supervisor, Professor Michael West, Dean of the Aston Business School; which is so important to me, and of course also important to positive psychology and to one’s happiness.
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“Positive Abnormality” – Be a GENIUS by discovering your Speciality, Uniqueness, and Meaning
“Am I abnormal?” People sometimes ask me this question when they know I am a psychologist. I am not in a very good position to answer this question, yet this leaves me in rumination over another interesting question, “Why do people try to be normal but not someone special? Why not be Positively Abnormal?”
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Flourishing or Soulless Work?
According to Martin Seligman, the life satisfaction formula consists of Pleasure + Engagement + Meaning. Given this definition, if we are to live a flourishing life, one of the key questions that we have to address is “What is the meaning to me of choosing this career and devoting my time and hard work to this particular industry?”
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Glamour, Prestige, Money: Why Are Lawyers Still Unhappy?
Newly qualified solicitors can earn as much as 50,000 pounds in their early 20s. Despite such lucrative prospects, cumulative research over the past 10 years indicates that lawyers are among professionals most likely to suffer from stress, depression, and alcohol abuse. If status, reputation, material rewards, and bright prospects cannot offer happiness, what would?
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Engagement vs. Hierarchy – Well-Being in Chinese Workplaces
Workplace hierarchy has been shown to have negative impact on an employment relationships. Hierarchy also kills communication, demotivates, and hinders employee performance. Even though workplace hierarchy is the usual practice in Chinese organizations, this by no means implies that we can do nothing with it.
After attending the 1st Applied Positive Psychology Conference last week hosted by the Center for Applied Positive Psychology in the UK (CAPP), I realized that I came away with three strong lessons. The 3-day conference turned out to be a great success, and I learned much more than I expected.
Timothy T.C. So is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and a PhD Candidate in Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, awarded with full scholarship. He recently received the…