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the flourishing domain of strengths based approach to psychology
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Flourish Mentoring

Flourish Mentoring | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
A collection of articles on Leadership development utilizing a positive psychology i.e. well-being and strengths based approach to the workplace.  
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Pls consider following my new scoop.it topic 'Flourish Mentoring' as I will be curating workplace and leadership related articles under that topic from now on. I'll be using the 'positive psychology' topic more for basic research in positive psychology and applications to say school settings, but all  applications to workspace settings will now be covered under 'Flourish Mentoring'.  

 

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nathalie chiasson's curator insight, March 9, 7:11 AM

Hi Folks,

Pls consider following my new scoop.it topic 'Flourish Mentoring' as I will be curating workplace and leadership related articles under that topic from now on. I'll be using the 'positive psychology' topic more for basic research in positive psychology and applications to say school settings, but all  applications to workspace settings will now be covered under 'Flourish Mentoring'.  

 

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Sandeep Gautam

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What Psychology Says About Materialism and the Holidays

What Psychology Says About Materialism and the Holidays | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Tim Kasser, PhD, answers questions related to being materialistic, materialism in the world today, compulsive shoppers, psychological research associated with materialism and the affects religious faith has on materialism during the holiday season.
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On materialism and its relationship to happiness!
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How Hope Can Improve Your Life, Backed By Research

How Hope Can Improve Your Life, Backed By Research | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Hope isn't just silly pollyanna optimism. There's a science behind it that can help you overcome challenges and be happier. Here's how to have hope.
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You will hopefully read this article, and benefit in terms of both achievement and happiness.
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What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.
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its not money, or fame, or hard work......relationships matter. Period.
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A good sense of humor is a sign of psychological health

A good sense of humor is a sign of psychological health | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Humor is observed in all cultures and at all ages. But only in recent decades has experimental psychology respected it as an essential, fundamental human behavior. Historically, psychologists framed humor negatively, suggesting it demonstrated superiority, vulgarity, Freudian id conflict, or a defense mechanism to hide one’s true feelings. In this view, an individual used humor t
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don't just be happy, make others happy using your sense of humor:-)
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don't just be happy, make others happy using your sense of humor:-)
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A Smart Sense of Humor Helps People Survive Being Alive

A Smart Sense of Humor Helps People Survive Being Alive | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Especially for women.
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recognizing humor in situations associated with lowered mortality!
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Mental health or Mental illness?

Mental health or Mental illness? | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Today is World Mental Health Day. As pre WHO mandate, World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotio
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Still relevant today #WorldMentalHealthDay lets focus on promoting mental health too, and not just preventing mental illness.
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Barbara Fredrickson: Positive Emotions Open Our Mind

Barbara Fredrickson discusses how positive emotions broaden our awareness of the world, allowing us to become more in tune with the needs of others.
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on the broadening effects of positive emotions.
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It appears that the world is more aware of negative emotions and therefore we are losing touch with the needs of others and becoming polarized.

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Everybody say to be positive. Lets know the reason behind of being positive and overcome negative. http://www.dadabhagwan.org/path-to-happiness/self-help/positive-thinking/why-be-positive-to-remain-happy/
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Your Positive Thinking Could Be Holding You Back

Your Positive Thinking Could Be Holding You Back | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
“Reach for the moon; even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
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there is a difference between optimistic and hopeful action and merely wishful daydreaming; beware of the latter.
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It’s possible to learn to be more optimistic

It’s possible to learn to be more optimistic | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
By Christian Jarrett Optimists have good reason to be optimistic – research tells us that their sunny outlook means that they are likely to live longer, healthier, happier lives compared with others who have a habit of seeing a darker future ahead. This has led positive psychologists to attempt to teach optimism, so that more people might…
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Optimism can be increased!
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How to Find Happiness with Positive Psychology

How to Find Happiness with Positive Psychology | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
1. If money was never an issue, what would you spend your days doing?

2. What is your biggest regret so far in life?

3. If you were going to die at midnight, how would you spend the rest of your day?

4. If your world came crashing down today, who would you run to?

5. What is the one statement you would like to make when you’ve grown old and are coming to the end of your time here?

6. If the 10 year old version of yourself asked you what they’d grow up to be, would you be happy telling them?

7. What are 5 Things You Love about yourself?

8. What are 5 things about yourself you’d like to improve?

9. If you died today, what would your best friend say about you at your funeral?

10. If you could get up and just leave today, where would you go?

11. Is there one small thing you know you could do today that would make someones life better?

12. What’s the one skill you wish you had taken the time ti learn?

13. When was the last time you told the 3 people closest to you, what they mean to you?

14. How would you live in a world where judgement didn’t exist?

15. Of you could ask 1 person 1 question that they had to answer, who would they be and what would you ask?–

16. What is the biggest thing from the past that you are still holding onto

17. Is what you’re holding onto benefitting your life now in anyway?

18. How do you celebrate all the good things you have in your life?–

19. What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?

20. Did you take it?

21. In your eyes, what are the differences between living and existing?

22. What is your motivation?

23. What is your inspiration?

24. What is the last thing you did that would be worthy of a ‘Good News Write Up’

25. You have been granted 3 wishes, what would they be?

26. What did you want to be as a child?

27. What has been the biggest adventure of your life?

28. Honestly, how happy are you right now on a scale of 1 (Saddest) – 10 (Happiest)?
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good writeup on #PosPsy and how to use it to become happier.
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Measuring different types of Well-being

Measuring different types of Well-being | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Well-being is a very broad construct. Any good measure of well-being is likely to be multi-dimensional and consist of many factors or scales. A recent review of
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you can only control what you measure; hence measuring the 'right' well-being is very important.
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Why You Shouldn’t Want To Always Be Happy

Why You Shouldn’t Want To Always Be Happy | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
In the 1990s, a psychologist named Martin Seligman led the positive psychology movement, which placed the study of human happiness squarely at the center…
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good write-up on happiness and how to reconcile with the fact of limited happiness in our lives.
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Feeling Awe May Be the Secret to Health and Happiness

Feeling Awe May Be the Secret to Health and Happiness | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
The hike, in a narrow box canyon, wasn’t going so well. Stacy Bare and his brother were arguing, for one thing. High sandstone walls hid any view, even from the 6-foot-7 Bare. After a second Army deployment, in Iraq, he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): drinking too much, suicidal and struggling to find [...]
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the power of awe to heal and make happy!
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Positive news stories bring people together, study finds

Positive news stories bring people together, study finds | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Consuming positive news can lead to an increased acceptance of others, a feeling of community and motivation to contribute to social change, new research shows
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More power to the positive news movement. Share some positive news today on your FB/ twitter feed!
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Happier @ Work

Happier @ Work | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
I maintain a separate blog at Flourish Mentoring, which is dedicated to positive psychology based leadership and educational engagement topics. There I recently
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Finished posting all 10 mini-lessons on how to be happier @ work. Hope you find it useful!
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16 of history's greatest philosophers reveal the secret to happiness

16 of history's greatest philosophers reveal the secret to happiness | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder
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This Is How To Unlock Meaning In Life: 4 Proven Secrets

This Is How To Unlock Meaning In Life: 4 Proven Secrets | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
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Tips on increasing meaning in one's life!
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ABCD and the Existential Givens

ABCD and the Existential Givens | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Long-time readers of this blog will be familiar with my ABCD model of psychology whereby I parse phenomena along 4 dimensions- Affective, Behavioral, Cognitive
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on the marriage of existentialism and positive psychology!
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Barbara Fredrickson: The Positivity Ratio

Barbara Fredrickson shares her research on the ideal ratio of positive to negative emotions, and offers suggestions for how to flourish in life.
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although the positivity ratio (the exact figure of 3:1 ) has been recalled, this is an excellent video touching on important concepts.
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Barbara Fredrickson: Positive Emotions Transform Us

Barbara Fredrickson suggests that positive emotions make us more resilient to setbacks, improve our relationships, and may even change our biological makeup.
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On the transforming power of positive emotions.
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India’s happiness is on a downward roll

India’s happiness is on a downward roll | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
I know I am late to the party, but I happened to read the World Happiness Report 2016 update [pdf] issued by the UN today only. I hadn’t expected India to have come near the top, since the pu…
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Grim outlook for India's happiness.
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How To Build Your Resilience And Heal From Abuse

How To Build Your Resilience And Heal From Abuse | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Resilience is an ordinary human trait. You have it in you. Be willing to tap into it and work on building it. Learn the 7 steps to build resilience.
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how to be resilient in the face of trauma.
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What Should You Choose: Time or Money?

What Should You Choose: Time or Money? | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
If you picked time, chances are, you’re a happier person for it.
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choosing time over money!
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Are Authentic People More Self-Interested?

Are Authentic People More Self-Interested? | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
Are authentic people more selfish, aggressive and out for themselves. Research suggests otherwise and that authenticity may actually be for the common good.
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Authentic people are not more self-interested or selfish than others!
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Getting serious about funny: Psychologists see humor as a character strength

Getting serious about funny: Psychologists see humor as a character strength | Positive Psychology | Scoop.it
No longer dismissed as an undesirable negative trait to be avoided, humor is having a heyday among experimental psychologists.
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About the strength of humor!
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About the strength of humor!