"Fifteen years after emerging as a major scientific movement, it’s clear that positive psychology -- the study of what brings happiness and meaning in life -- is not just a fad. The field is reaching new levels of breadth and depth: Having established its core themes and principles during its first decade, it is now getting deeper and more precise in its exploration of what it takes to truly flourish in life.
The growth of positive psychology was evident last month at the International Positive Psychology Association’s (IPPA) third bi-annual World Congress on Positive Psychology in downtown Los Angeles.
Here are three of the most striking and practical insights I took away from the Congress:
1. Look to the future for a meaningful life.
2. Detaching from work is a good thing … for most of us.
Feeling unhappy? Learn how increasing your happiness is within your power, and how doing so directly influences your success.
One of the things I love most about my work is that my fascinating, knowledgeable clients teach me things I’m excited to learn.Recently a client shared with me the riveting TED Talk by the world’s leading positive psychology expert and bestselling author Shawn Achor onThe Happy Secret to Better Work.
Shawn is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard, and has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 4 million views, and he has a new lecture airing on PBS called “The Happiness Advantage.”
Hot off the press! The Independent on Sunday has published its annual Happy List (as an antidote to The Times Rich List which was published last Sunday). Have a read of this inspiring list of people and decide which list you would rather appear in.
"Happy ever after: We want it for ourselves, we want it for our kids, and we want it now. But what if everything we know about happiness is a lie? What if the relentless pursuit of pleasure is in fact making us miserable?
We all want to be happy. But we have preconceived notions or beliefs about what needs to happen in our lives before we can be happy. Maybe we need to get that dream job. Or we need to have a million dollars in the bank.
"At the end of every year I have a habit of going back and reviewing things that worked well in my life in the last 365 days. I think it’s useful to explore the actions, mindsets and understandings that have enhanced my well-being and happiness—and recognize those that didn’t, so they can be modified And because a big part of living SMART 365 is staying conscious, awake and aware—this practice might prove valuable for all of us. I’ll start by sharing a few ideas that increased the quality of my life in 2012."
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