Positive Psychology Program
The Best TED Talks on Happiness

The 13 Best Happiness TED Talks on YouTube

18 Jan 2019
Happiness is universally desired by humans. In general, happiness refers to people’s sense of wellness in their lives – in both thoughts and actions (Diener & Tay, 2017, p. 90). Research studies have confirmed that “being happy” is beneficial on several accounts, from having
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Life Satisfaction Theory and 4 Contributing Factors (Incl. SWLS Scale)

06 Nov 2018
If you’re a bit confused about the many, many terms being thrown around related to happiness, well-being, and life satisfaction, you’re not alone!  There are so many ways to talk about this topic in positive psychology that it’s easy to get bogged down in ambiguity. For laymen and tho
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Pollyanna Principle: On a Constant Quest For What's Right

Pollyanna Principle: The Psychology of Positivity Bias

20 Aug 2018
When you think of “bias” you probably think of it in terms of something negative. For example, you might think of being biased against a group of people and link it to racism, or you may think of the theory of confirmation bias, which states that we often ignore all the evidence that
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parenthood paradox

Why You Should Have Never Had Kids (If You Want To Be Happy, That Is)

22 Aug 2017
Do you think having children makes you happier? If so, think again. Research shows (over and over again) that having children reduces happiness (e.g. Anderson, Russel, & Schumm, 1983 or Campbell, 1981), even though parents think it will make them happier. This phenomenon is known
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A scientific theory of happiness

The PERMA Model: Your Scientific Theory of Happiness

24 Feb 2017
Everyone seems to be in the pursuit of happiness nowadays, but what if we had a model—like the PERMA model—to help guide us? There are many ways to reach happiness, including training your mind for happiness, spending money on others, and following the guidelines presented here for we
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hope and happiness

How “Hope” Can Keep You Happy If You Do It Right

24 Feb 2017
Hope can strengthen and support happiness. The Dalai Lama summed up this idea nicely when he said: “The very purpose of our life is happiness, which is sustained by hope. We have no guarantee about the future, but we exist in the hope of something better. Hope means keeping going, thi
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Happiness & All You Need To Know About The Science Behind It

26 Jan 2017
Happiness has been a human pursuit for as long as we can remember, and positive psychology has taken this concept into the realm of scientific research in hopes of gaining a better understanding of global well-being and meaningful living.  Whether on a global or an individual level, t
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hedonic adaptation treadmill

The Hedonic Treadmill – Are We Forever Chasing Rainbows?

05 Sep 2016
Can you remember the last time you were dreaming of buying a new car, getting a promotion at work, moving into a nicer house or finding a partner to share life with? Do you remember fantasizing about how happy you would be if you attained those things? If you finally did attain one of
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Happiness Positive Psychology

The Subjective Happiness Scale and Other Happiness Measures

29 Aug 2016
Regardless of culture, socioeconomic status or geography, happiness is one of the most sought after dispositions, according to the World Happiness Report.  The human pursuit of happiness still remains an elusive concept with its factors, determinants, and characteristics differing gre
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subjective well-being

Subjective Well-Being: Your Life, Your Happiness

24 Feb 2016
Asking the question, “Am I living a fulfilling life?” is an essential part of being human. The answer to the age-old question is based on one’s subjective well-being (SWB), which is completely particular to the individual in question. There are no set guidelines for
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Life coach using PERMA Model

Happiness & Well-Being Coaching with PERMA

29 Jan 2016
In coaching settings, it can be extremely helpful to work from a theoretical framework or model. These can be used to guide clients through their thought-process and explore the various aspects of the model. These models can also change how coaches relate to the client’s experience, w
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the good life

What Is the “Good Life?” How Positive Psychology Can Create Meaning

14 Dec 2015
A lot has been said and written about the “good life,” and with some 7.3 billion people on this planet, there are quite possibly just as many opinions on what it constitutes. If I have learned one thing in 36 years, it is the fact that “good” is a very subjective word. Positive psycho
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