This article is part of the course THRIVE 102: Psychological Capital or How to Be a Hero. Jump to Course 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 pessimistic. From a…

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This article is part of the course THRIVE 103: Activating Strengths in Pursuit of Well-Being Jump to Course 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 ‘Happy’ Lives to learn more…

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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 those things. In her 2016 bestselling book – Grit – she interviewed successful people in a wide variety of professions – business, sports,…

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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 may think of it as something personal and internal, it is also considered an important social skill that helps humans interact with each…

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This article is part of the course THRIVE 103: Activating Strengths in Pursuit of Well-Being Jump to Course 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 Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning,…

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If you go to get a doctoral degree in psychology, you spend five years reading a bunch of psychology studies. Or so I’m told. I’ve never gotten a psychology doctorate. But I have done something more fun – I’ve written the AllPsych blog for five years. Fifty-five months is about 240 weeks, times three posts…

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Resilience, or being able to bounce back from adverse events, is a useful skill to have – if we didn’t already know that, 2020 has certainly driven the point home! Psychologists know that resilient people tend to share certain traits, such as finding meaning in events and trusting their ability to navigate challenging situations. And…

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Finding activities that bring positive emotions into your life has always been important, but it gained a new urgency when daily life was turned upside down by the pandemic. With lockdowns going into effect, everyday activities like working and socializing started to look different than they had before for many people. And some entirely new,…

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