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Small Acts That Change the World | KindSpring.org

Small Acts That Change the World | KindSpring.org | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
A place to practice small acts of kindness. For over a decade the KindSpring community has focused on inner transformation, while collectively changing the world with generosity, gratitude, and trust.
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A great website that encourages us to help others and spread kindness. They have "smile" cards you can leave behind when you do something nice for someone...encouraging them to pay it forward. Enjoy!

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H(app)athon Workshop in Reading, PA a Rousing Success! - H(app)athon

H(app)athon Workshop in Reading, PA a Rousing Success! - H(app)athon | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
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I've joined in the individual research program where you assess how well you lived out your values each day. I'm also intrigued with the idea of hosting a workshop in which we develop more ideas for ways to increase wellbeing where we live and work along with ideas for how to assess our wellbeing. What you focus on becomes your reality, yes? 

 

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This Guy Was Really Nice To A Homeless Little Girl And Got The Best Reward Ever In Return

This Guy Was Really Nice To A Homeless Little Girl And Got The Best Reward Ever In Return | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
Yep. I'm crying.
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There have always been "feel good" or "tug at your heartstrings" types of commercials, but it's interesting that we're seeing a new wave of activity given the recent media attention on positive psychology. I like this one for Thai Insurance. Not sure it would make me buy their insurance, but I enjoyed and resonated with the video.

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A Question That Can Change Your Life

A Question That Can Change Your Life | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
Your time is limited. Your impact is not.
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You only have the moment. What will you do with it? I appreciate this article with its indirect focus on being mindful throughout your day. Even if you only pause down a few times to ask yourself "the question that can change your life" (no spoiler here!), your impact and productivity could dramatically increase.

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Alphabet of Happiness: 'L' - Huffington Post

Alphabet of Happiness: 'L' - Huffington Post | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
Alphabet of Happiness: 'L'
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How many ways does happiness show up in your life, and what are the strategies to experience more of it? Happiness, meaning and connection are close at hand.
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Want a little more happiness in life?  Live these lessons...

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Ok, I Took the StrengthsFinder 2.0 Assessment. Now what?

As an enthusiastic proponent of strengths-based leadership, I often recommend to my colleagues that they take the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment. I also try to encourage them to learn more about th...
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Quick tips on using your StrengthsQuest or StrengthsFinder results at work.

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Unhappy at Work? Change Your Job While Still In It

Unhappy at Work?  Change Your Job While Still In It | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
When we are dissatisfied with our jobs, often our first instinct is to say, “Get out!” The very next thought is, “I can’t!” Then we feel stuck, and the emotional downward spiral begins.
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Short, but sweet article with some practical tips on increasing your satisfaction and eventually, happiness, at work.

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How To Make Your Life Better By Sending Five Simple Emails

How To Make Your Life Better By Sending Five Simple Emails | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
Ever ask how to make your life better? Here's a research backed method on how to improve 5 key areas of life by sending just 5 emails.
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I talk about sending a positive email first thing in the morning. It's a way to start your day off in a positive way and it helps someone else do the same, all while making the relationship between you stronger. The additional suggestions here are all very worthwhile as well!

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10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees

10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
Good bosses care about getting important things done. Exceptional bosses care about their people.
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This list keeps it simple, but it is still challenging to ensure you're doing these things consistently. Focus on one of these behaviors for a couple of weeks and see how it makes a difference with your team.

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10 Ways to Get Ahead through Giving

10 Ways to Get Ahead through Giving | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
Adam Grant's research shows that "givers" rise to the top of the success ladder. Here's how you can make giving a way of life.
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I've recently begun working on "Encouraging the Heart" with my team and colleagues at work. I really like some of the suggestions they make in this article from the Greater Good Science Center. Give it a try yourself!

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Here are 10 research-tested actions you can take to become a #successful giver at your work or in your life: Test Your Giver Quotient, Run a Reciprocity Ring,Craft Yours to Incorporate More Giving, Start a Love Machine and more !

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Brene Brown

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Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of HoustonGraduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.
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If you haven't seen her TED talk on vulnerability, search for it now. A fantastic summary of her research and her personal journey in studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Truly interesting implications for human relations in the world.

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Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated, and Successful - No Matter What: Srikumar Rao: 9780071664325: Amazon.com: Books

Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated, and Successful - No Matter What

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Great stories, engaging reading with practical suggestions for improving happiness everywhere, including work! One of my favorite books so far.

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Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment: Tal Ben-Shahar, Jeff Woodman: Amazon.com: Books

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Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment [Tal Ben-Shahar, Jeff Woodman] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Can we really learn to be happy? Yes, we can.
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Practical advice, an easy, interesting read full of suggestions you can make use of today.

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The Science of Happiness

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I'm excited about this class! I've been a big fan of the Greater Good at Berkeley, so I'm registering for the class to be taught by some of their experts in the field of positive psychology. It's free, so anyone interested can also attend.

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Gratitude Is the New Willpower

Gratitude Is the New Willpower | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
New findings suggest that feeling grateful fosters long-term thinking.
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Interesting prelude to research showing that gratefulness might help us be more patient, delaying gratification longer for our future good. 

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What Is Happiness, Anyway? - Definition of Happiness

What Is Happiness, Anyway? - Definition of Happiness | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
What is happiness—and what is it not? People have agonized over this question for centuries, but only recently has science begun to weigh in on the debate.
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This article is from Happify, a great online program that encourages users to practice a wide variety of positive habits aimed at increasing overall wellbeing. Basic access to Happify is free, but you can get more activities if you pay a few dollars a month. You choose a "track" on a specific topic area to work through and then are assigned different activities to complete. Some are quizzes, relaxation exercises etc...but most are ones that ask you to apply a concept in your every day life and then report about it. There's a great community of users that will support your efforts as well. The interface is easy to manage and yes, there's a smartphone app as well. I've been a fan and am now even a bigger fan since they've started developing tracks based on positive psychology's most successful authors such as Shawn Achor and Gretchen Rubin. They  have a tracks about finance, social connections, relationships, stress management, raising resilient kids, physical health and more. I'm very happy with Happify!

 

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Enliven Your Work with Mindfulness

Enliven Your Work with Mindfulness | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
Ellen Langer, professor of psychology at Harvard University, explains why we need to stop operating on auto-pilot.
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"We are often in error, but rarely in doubt," Ellen Langer....great quote...watch the video to understand the context of it. Being there versus not being there....which would you rather be? 
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Marcus Buckingham presents the Business Case for Strengths

Marcus Buckingham explains how the correlation of key business metrics to employee survey data points to individual strengths as the key to unlocking the pot...
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Great clip of Marcus showing us evidence that building a career around strengths leads to more successful outcomes for both the individual and the organization.

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Using Assessment Tools, Like StrengthsFinder, In Your Business | Cory Miller's Startup Sofa

Using Assessment Tools, Like StrengthsFinder, In Your Business | Cory Miller's Startup Sofa | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
One of the most helpful tools we've used for our workplace is the Gallup-backed StrengthsFinder.com assessment tool to understand each of our team member's
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Using your strengths at work can benefit not only you, but also your team!

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Benefits of Meditation – Why You Should Meditate

Benefits of Meditation – Why You Should Meditate | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
Can meditation really make everything better? It used to feel like something reserved for yoga addicts, but growing research is showing benefits for the mind and body that every one of us could use.
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George Saunders's Advice to Graduates

George Saunders's Advice to Graduates | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
George Saunders shared with us his notes for a speech he gave at Syracuse University, in which he shares how one of his biggest regrets sprang from something very small.
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The need for kindness to be received and given...something none of us ever outgrow.

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Famous Illustrator To Design Neil Gaiman's 'Make Good Art' Speech

Famous Illustrator To Design Neil Gaiman's 'Make Good Art' Speech | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
Neil Gaiman melted more than a few hearts when he delivered the inspirational "Make Good Art" commencement speech at Philadelphia’s the University of the Arts this past May.
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Even if  you aren't an arts major, Neil's speech still resonates as he encourages the heart and soul of the individual. He speaks to the need for purpose, tenacity, creativity, and happiness. One of my favorite quotes, " if  you don't know it's impossible, it's easier to do" hits home in supporting the notion that sometimes rules are useful and other times, they just get in the way of growth and evolution. And regardless of what else you do, "make good art." So whatever your "art" is...keep doing it because you love it and not because someone pays you for it.

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Why The Happiest People Have The Hardest Jobs | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Why The Happiest People Have The Hardest Jobs | Fast Company | Business + Innovation | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
Happiness is not about working the hardest it's about having the most challenging work. Harvard prof Rosabeth Moss Kanter explains.
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Overall happiness is related to the meaning derived from work, and in these cases the work is deeply meaningful and therefore engages and motivates the individual to work diligently even if the odds are against them.

 

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Good Think Inc | A Positive Psychology Consulting Firm

Good Think Inc | A Positive Psychology Consulting Firm | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
Good Think is a global consulting firm who mission is to teach the principles of positive psychology in order to transform organizations and individuals by reversing the formula for success.
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Shawn Achor's consulting site. He's the author of the Happiness Advantage, a solid book that highlights interesting research about how happiness helps us in our other endeavors....watch his TED talk if you want the summary version of the book.

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SoulPancake

SoulPancake | Positive Psychology Press | Scoop.it
Our brain batter of art, culture, science, philosophy, spirituality and humor is designed to open your mind, challenge your friends, and feel damn good.
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This website is a little bit of everything, but I've loved it ever since I stumbled upon it a while back. It's got to be upbeat if Kid President is part of it, right? Enjoy....

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