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  • How Many Ways Can We Measure Well-Being?

    Reconsidering how we think about the subject.

  • LinkedIn + Positive Psychology: Applying Science To The Way We Work

    A lot of employers like to say that they are focused on employee well-being, but what does this actually look like in practice? LinkedIn, one of the most innovative companies and in-demand employers in the world, has integrated positive psychology into their culture, demonstrating their true focus on their talent.

  • Let’s Start Teaching the Skills that Matter Most

    Dr. Brian Davidson (the Intrinsic Institute) advocates for placing greater focus on developing students’ non-cognitive skills.

  • Is an Optimistic Mind Associated with a Healthy Heart?

    Merely alleviating anxiety and stress don’t necessarily lead to better life outcomes. Positive characteristics, such as optimism, vitality, meaning, and subjective life satisfaction are immensely important in their own right and can lead to better cardiovascular health.

  • Todd Kashdan on Dancing with the Dark Side of Your Personality

    Psychologist Dr. Todd Kashdan shares some unconventional research on how we can harness “negative” psychological characteristics to live whole, successful and fulfilling lives. Topics include the dark triad, emotional experimentation, mindfulness, education, evolution and what it means to live well.

  • Should You Control or Harness Negative Emotions?

    Here's what the recent generation of emotion researchers have uncovered - on their own, negative emotions are neither good nor bad. Emotions provide information. The problem is when they hinder important life goals or when people exert finite time and energy to get rid of these emotions so that fewer resources are available to invest in more meaningful pursuits.

  • Daydreaming and Mental Contrasting for Goal-Fulfillment with Gabriele Oettingen

    Psychologist Gabrielle Oettingen’s research on goal-setting and self-regulation animates discussion of some incredibly practical tools to help with constructive daydreaming, hurdling obstacles, implementation intentions and goal-fulfillment.

  • The Irony of Wishful Thinking

    Positive thinking by itself does neither help the young nor the old, neither college students to get a better grade nor suitors getting a better date. If anything, it keeps people from moving towards the very outcomes they desire.

  • The Surprising Downside Of Looking On The Bright Side

    We love a good story of dreams coming true against all odds, and from a young age we're taught that whatever we believe, we can achieve. But on an individual level, what if this type of incessant positive thinking is exactly what's keeping us from achieving our goals?

  • Words Make our Worlds: Introducing Sisu

    What comes after perseverance? After you’ve reached your limits, exhausted all of your resources and there doesn’t seem to be anything left to tap into? The ability to wield courage in the face of adversity and stay hopeful amidst impossible circumstances has always been crucial for the survival of our species. How we respond to adversity has a significant impact on our well-being, so it makes sense that a deeper understanding of the determinants of resilience is not just ‘good for us’, but is an actual necessity.

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