positive psychology

I live in Gratitude…

For all that I have given   and for all that I have received. For the beauty in my life   and for the sorrows I have known. For the challenges I've faced   and for just how far I've come. For my courage and my gifts   and for the wisdom I've acquired. For the journey and experience [...]

Positive Psychology

The most basic assumption that positive psychology urges is that human goodness and excellence are as authentic as disease, disorder and distress.- Chris Peterson, Ph.D. Positive Psychology is the science of human flourishing that emerged in 1998 when Martin Seligman was president of the American Psychological Association. After decades of studying depression Seligman recognized that [...]

Thinking Happy Thoughts at Work a Joke?

The Wall Street Journal ran an article titled Thinking Happy Thoughts at Work on January 27th. Reading the title alone, one might assume that the author, Sue Shellenbarger, sought to trivialize the Positive Psychology movement afoot in corporate America. But while Shellenbarger commented that “critics see Positive Psychology as a way for companies to improve [...]

Employee Strengths: Pure Untapped Potential

I remember hearing a colleague talk about the last performance appraisal she received when working for a large bank. She had made a contribution that year and she felt on top of her game. The colleague recollected how the appraisal began. Just as she had suspected, her leader acknowledged her accomplishments, praised her talents and [...]

Happy Cows? Happy Workplace: The Secret to Success

Do you remember the California Milk Advisory Board commercials from 2002? They highlighted the slogan: "Great cheese comes from happy cows. Happy cows come from California." The ads featured talking and signing cows discussing the pleasures of life in warm and sunny California. The underlying message was that happy cows give better milk. Ironically, the [...]

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