First steps
By Alicia Assad  
October 19, 2016 – 5:10 pm | 3 Comments

My rainbow baby writer’s block serves as a reminder that sometimes we need to sit back and let life unfold while maintaining self-compassion in our passive state.

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Of Research and Rigor: Building Your Career in Positive Psychology
By Orin Davis  
October 12, 2016 – 2:05 pm | 2 Comments
Heads-on research

If you were to ask me whether to get a Ph.D., or do research, or go into positive psychology, here are seven questions I would ask you. From the answers to these questions, you will likely know where you belong. After that, it’s up to you to understand the vagaries of the field (and job market!) and to find mentors to train, advise, and advocate for you so that you can make your own mark in the field.

Money is an Imperfect Incentive, Not Just at Wells Fargo
By Robert Rosales  
September 27, 2016 – 12:50 pm | 15 Comments
Is it worth sacrificing time with friends?

In the end, money matters.

Wisdom and people matter most.

Respect at Work: Invitation to a Webinar this Thursday
By Editor K.H.B.  
September 19, 2016 – 7:37 pm | No Comment
Dr. Kristie Rogers

We are experimenting with ways to get the word out about interesting webinars that are open to the public. There isn’t much warning for this webinar, so act fast if interested.

Write a Happiness-boosting Progress Report (@ScottCrab)
By Scott Crabtree  
September 13, 2016 – 12:08 pm | 2 Comments
Visualizing progress

Like any business leader, I wanted to be informed of what my employees were up to, so I requested that all of us write status reports. But status reports can become boring and sometimes feel pointless. What does science tell us about making them both a joy to write and a joy to read?

Second Stop on Positive Psychology Summer 2016 World Tour: Europe
By Lisa Buksbaum  
September 6, 2016 – 12:31 pm | No Comment
You know we're in France...

The lovely city of Angers, France hosted the eighth European Conference on Positive Psychology (ECPP). Angers has been voted the “happiest city in France.” It was certainly easy for conference attendees to be happy in Angers. Happy and stimulated, we learned about red-cape and green-cape interventions, about heroism and heroic leadership, and much much more.

First Stop on a Positive Psychology Summer 2016 World Tour (#CPPA2016)
By Lisa Buksbaum  
August 26, 2016 – 10:21 am | 2 Comments
Sajel Bellon (right) with Lisa and Kathryn Britton

In this series, I take you on a four-conference tour, starting with a conference at Niagara-on-the-Lake in Canada.

The Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA) Conference had me at its title: I got to Exhilarate! for two days with hundreds of positive Canadians.

Hope and Optimism in Peruvian Executives
By Jorge Luis Aurich Cornejo  
August 23, 2016 – 1:15 pm | 2 Comments
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The day begins. It’s time to make decisions. Recruiting staff, opening a factory, launching a new product, reaching a sales goal, dealing with the new chief, or integrating another team are among many topics that require focused attention and efficiency from executives to meet the economic results expected by the board and owners.

How do hope and optimism vary among executives facing these challenges?

Saving the Best for Last?
By Robert Rosales  
August 19, 2016 – 10:21 am | 8 Comments
Grand Central Station

I confess I have not always been a fan of saving the best for last. I certainly would have failed the famous marshmallow test. With time, I have come to recognize and value this conventional wisdom in practice. In sports, in business, or in our relationships, the winners are declared only at the end.

Language and Cross-cultural Well-being
By Marta Velázquez  
August 4, 2016 – 10:11 pm | 6 Comments
Cultural diversity

Is it possible that understanding the concepts of joy and well-being from other cultures can help us give a new shape to our own? According to Lomas, the study of emotional vocabulary of a culture may provide a window into how its people see the world: the things they value, their traditions, the way they build happiness or things they recognize as important.

You Inspire Hope, Shane
By Senia Maymin and Kathryn Britton  
July 29, 2016 – 7:35 am | 19 Comments
Shane Lopez with books

We invite the readers of Positive Psychology News to add their memories as we honor the life of Shane Lopez, who contributed so much to our understanding of Hope and positive psychology in general.