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Learning to be Optimistic

Learning to be Optimistic

As a human species, do you think we are more naturally pessimistic or more naturally optimistic? Interestingly, Seligman and others in the field of positive psychology argue that we are naturally more ...
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Self-Efficacy - How We Can, Not Why We Can't

Self-Efficacy – How We Can, Not Why We Can’t

The title of this blog post comes from a Ted Talk by Peter Sage. I'll link to the video below so you can watch it yourself. In the video, Sage talks about ...
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Character Strengths and the Virtuous Life

Character Strengths and the Virtuous Life

The ultimate goal in positive psychology is to help individuals and communities thrive. We thrive by maximizing our character strengths in pursuit of well-being. Read my post on Well-Being and the Five ...
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Grit - Passion and Perseverance

Grit – Passion and Perseverance

What makes someone successful? Is it intellect? Education? Physical health? Talent? Maybe luck? According to Dr. Angela Duckworth from the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, it is none of ...
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Building Psychological Capital (Hope, Efficacy, Resilience, Optimism)

Building Psychological Capital (Hope, Efficacy, Resilience, Optimism)

You Can Bank On it Psychological capital in many ways is like a savings account for our well-being. Just as it is good to save money for a rainy day, it is ...
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The Real World Benefits of Expressing Gratitude

The Real World Benefits of Expressing Gratitude

Gratitude: As Old as Animal Kind Gratitude may be an evolutionary component of human development, passed down for thousands of years according to sociologist Georg Simmel (Greater Good Magazine, n.d.). While we ...
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The Fading Affect Bias in Pursuit of the Pleasant Life

The Fading Affect Bias in Pursuit of the Pleasant Life

Fading Affect Bias (FAB) The Fading Affect Bias, or FAB for short, refers to the cognitive phenomenon supported by research showing that memories associated with negative emotions tend to fade faster than ...
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Brief History of Positive Psychology (Part 2)

Brief History of Positive Psychology (Part 2)

Continued From Part 1... But Wait, There is Good News Remember, Csikszentmihalyi found that teenagers can be unhappy and can see life through their suffering, but he also found an interesting exception ...
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Well-Being and the Five 'Happy' Lives

Well-Being and the Five ‘Happy’ Lives

Well-Being and The PERMA Model Seligman (2011) argues that well-being is enhanced through thriving in one or more pillars of well-being. His model, often referred to as the PERMA Model, consists of ...
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Brief History of Positive Psychology (Part 1)

Brief History of Positive Psychology (Part 1)

It Didn't Start Off Very Positive I could not think of a better or more ironic way to start a paper on the history of positive psychology than with a quote on ...
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