Martin Seligman’s Autobiography: The Hope Circuit

Martin Seligman’s Autobiography: The Hope Circuit

A brief history of psychology, the universe and everything. This is truly an auspicious occasion for the Positive Psychology community. Martin Seligman, the iconic founder of Positive Psychology, has finally published his autobiography, The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey
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The 2018 World Happiness Report: the World's Happiest Countries

The 2018 World Happiness Report: the World’s Happiest Countries

The World Happiness Report is published annually by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The report ranks the happiness levels of 156 countries using the Gallup world poll. The poll asks respondents to think of their best possible life (rated at a 10), and the
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7 Reasons it's Been a Positive Year for Positive Psychology

7 Reasons it’s Been a Positive Year for Positive Psychology

“What’s happening in the world today?” How many times have you heard this in 2017? It’s a question we throw around a little too frequently, implying the world is falling apart. It’s not surprising given the news we’re constantly exposed to via the various channels – as a result of the
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September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day: 10th September, 2017

This is how you can save a life Note; this article contains references to suicide which some people may find confronting. If affected please call the lifeline or helpline in your capital city. September the 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. This day is organised by the World Healt
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Wellbeing and First Nations People: Taking Positive Psychology Out of the Ivory Tower

Wellbeing and First Nations People: Taking Positive Psychology Out of the Ivory Tower

Of all the criticisms levelled against Positive Psychology there is one I agree with. There is very little that has as yet been done to take positive psychology out of the “ivory tower” of academic research labs, and into the potentially less salubrious environs of underprivileged com
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The Positive Psychology Of Successful Relationships (Oh, And Sex…)

Here’s the unhappy truth about long-term relationships. Over time, as couples get used to each other, they have less sex. There I said it. Sad but true. In fact, as Sonja Lyubomirsky has noted the amount of time two people have been together as a couple is a better predictor of decrea
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Positive Psychology in Singapore: A Positive Education Initiative

Proponents of positive psychology claim that a strength of the field is in how many different places it can be applied, and one region proving this to be true is Singapore. Several strands of positive psychology are being researched and applied in Singapore, particularly in with schoo
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What Can Positive Psychology Gain From Being Criticized?

As positive psychology is a relatively new field, criticisms have arisen around the extent of its use. This is natural for a burgeoning field as researchers figure out the best uses as well as the limitations of different areas of research. It is crucial to acknowledge these critiques
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Why Positive Psychology is Pioneering in the Psychology Zeitgeist

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it” -Alan Kay When we think of the future, of the impact our lives have had in forming the world we live in. What do you picture? The ideas, philosophies, and emotions that drive us today, become our society’s personal
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The Positive Psychology Movement: It’s Been A Long Time Coming

“The good life is a process, not a state of being.” – Carl Rogers Positive psychology is a scientific field. Unlike positive thinking, happy-ology or self-help, it draws on the scientific method to understand the factors  and conditions that allow people, groups and
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Positive Psychology and Politics: Prioritizing Well-Being and PERMA 51

With the political fortunes of the free world hanging in an ever tightening, if somewhat undignified balance, some of us may be wondering how the governments of the future will support our hopes for better community wellbeing. From the outset, it should be said neither presidential ca
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Positive Psychology Progress: Empirical Validation of Interventions (+PDF)

“As for the future it remains unwritten. Anything can happen, and often we are wrong. The best we can do with the future is to prepare and savor the possibilities of what can be done in the present.” – Todd Kashdan “Positive psychology progress. Empirical valid
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Grit Passion Perseverance Goals

Is Grit the New It? Developing Your Passion and Practicing Perseverance

“Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake. Our fires are damped, our drafts are checked. We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental resources. . .men the world over possess amounts of resource, which only exceptional individuals push to their
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Help for the Helpers: A Caring Kick in the Ass from Louis Alloro

For nearly a decade, I’ve been working as a social entrepreneur in bringing positive psychology to the world – a practitioner in different iterations from an individual coach and organizational/leadership consultant, to working in a boutique firm with other coaches and consultants, as
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Martin Seligman

Seligman’s Response to Shaw’s ‘The Psychologists Take Power’

In her defamatory article, ‘The Psychologists Take Power’, Tamsin Shaw seeks to portray me as aiding and abetting torture. I strongly disapprove of torture and I have never and would never aid, abet or provide any assistance in its process. I have spent my life trying to c
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The great Positive Psychology conspiracy

The Great Positive Psychology Conspiracy: A Response to Shaw

In 1789 the French physician Joseph-Ignace Guillotin famously opposed the death penalty citing the brutal and often botched methods of execution of his day. He called for a more humane approach, with the long term hope of abolishing the death penalty altogether. Just imagine his horro
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