The case for a more balanced approach to clinical assessment which focuses as much on strength as it does on weakness http://tinyurl.com/27gvz5y
Use your strengths–enjoy your job more and be more productive at your job http://tinyurl.com/y9czjcq
Helping children get into a state where they are receptive to learning-using their strengths in school http://tinyurl.com/284t3ss
Do you have these resilience characteristics? Find out-Check out this exercise http://tinyurl.com/2798p6d
Jumping to conclusions and other sink holes. Which of these undermine your resilience http://tinyurl.com/25r3×9o
Some jerk cut you off on the highway- how do you react to this and other adversities. Resilience exercise: http://tinyurl.com/2cuvf75
Interesting combo of topics: Character strengths and social anxiety http://psychology.gmu.edu/kashdan/index.php
Good follow up tool after taking strengths assessment http://www.positiveleadership.com.au/page/via_cards.html
Using strengths in your coaching practice http://www.coachingtowardhappiness.com/archive/peterson.htm
1. Dr. Martin Seligman’s website- good resource for strengths et al http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/Default.aspx
2. Dr. Chris Petersons website- good resource for character strengths and assessment: http://viacharacter.org/
3. Good website for how to apply your character strengths http://tinyurl.com/2b8mrze
9 steps to help you kick a bad habit- from the expert on change: http://tinyurl.com/2g67k34
12 character strengths that play a significant role in the change process http://tinyurl.com/2c27uw5
How many songs can you think of with the title “Change” (without checking itunes!). http://tinyurl.com/2dk7j9k
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Greetings- and welcome to the launch of my new blog: Enter Positive Psychology. I’ll explain the title in a bit but first let me talk about the purpose behind this blog. I returned to school a few years back to get a masters degree in applied positive psychology, the study of well-being and life satisfaction. The key word here is “applied”. I am not a researcher, nor do I consider myself an academic. My interest in this field has to do with applying the principles – all the “stuff” that has been studied and reported on—in my life. That’s why I went back to school. I want to “kick the tires”- see if and how the theories work. Then I want to pass along these learning’s to others—really anyone who has a similar interest in learning and using positive psychology—either personally or professionally (or both).
I think I’m a good candidate for the purpose and goals behind this relatively new science. While I have a good life, I also believe that I could be doing more. And, while I’m a generally happy person, I also have my share of ups and downs—mostly minor events with a few upheavals thrown in now and then. But here again, I think I could be happier.
I’d like to be less judgmental
I’d like to express gratitude and forgiveness more genuinely
I would like more quality relationships in my life.
I’d like to improve the relationships that I have- especially with my siblings
I want to continue personal development—learning and experiencing new things- before my brain starts to fizzle.
I’d like an avocation—something outside of work that could really put me into a state of “flow”
I’d like to switch my brain to the off position—and just relax more often than I do.
I’d like to expand my sphere of giving beyond my current nucleus (basically my family).
So this is where positive psychology enters the picture for me (thus helping to explain the title of my blog). Can the theories behind character strengths, positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning and purpose – and the other principles of positive psychology—help me accomplish some or all of these things? And in the end, will I be happier? Will I lead a more flourishing life?
Well, that’s what we shall see.
Don’t we all want to be happy – and live a fulfilled and contented life? But why then do many of us spend much of our time being unhappy and discontented? Why do we complain about what we don’t have more often than giving thanks for what we do have? Do you find yourself holding on to grudges? Do we really believe that happiness and contentment are just around the corner if only we could get there? If only we could get even? Try a dose of gratitude and forgiveness—you will be amazed at how powerful a medicine these can be especially when you practice offering them every day. This course will introduce you to the simple yet complex theories behind gratitude and forgiveness.
How do people deal with difficult situations that change their lives? The death of a loved one, loss of a job, serious illness, terrorist attacks and other traumatic events: these are all examples of very challenging life experiences. Many people react with strong emotions and a sense of uncertainty. Yet other people generally adapt well over time to life-changing situations and stressful conditions. This course will help you understand the power of resilience and how it can help you cope with the ups and downs of life.
I’ve been trying to put my finger on why my friend and I have such a rocky relationship. The lesson on Positive Relationships helped me to see the possible reasons– and offered some practical suggestions.