Feb 17
National Press Covers ‘Introducing Positive Psychology: A Practical Guide’

My new book Introducing Positive Psychology: A Practical Guide (Icon Books, 2012) features in the Daily Express today.     …

Feb 5
Goal Commitment

Yesterday I wrote about secrets of goal setting. Today I’m following up with a few factors that affect maintaining goal commitment. Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions on 31 Dec 2011 and if so, are you still sticking with them or have you already given up? A survey conducted a few years ago by […]

Feb 1
Goal-Setting Secrets

It’s the end of January already! “Where has the time gone?” my elderly neighbour Stella asked this morning as we chatted about the weather, our families, and which birds we had  spotted in our gardens (the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is doing a nationwide Bird Watch this weekend). Stella is a real […]

Mar 5
How Positive Psychology Can Boost Your Business

Here’s a great article on the value of Positive Psychology to business, covering all the basics from the benefits of positive emotions (e.g enhancing creativity and problem-solving) to hiring people on their strengths not their CVs. Plus it mentions the work of two of my Positive Psychology News Daily colleagues, David J Pollay and Senia […]

Feb 14
Positive Psychology and Coaching

My MAPP colleagues and I were discussing the number of books on happiness being published at the moment: Lyubomirsky’s “The How of Happiness” is the latest. Great book, shame about the sunny yellow cover… Is it possible, we wondered, to broadcast the important positive psychology research findings, i.e. the ones that might make a difference […]

Nov 21
Life Lists: Goal Achievement and Happiness

As we mentioned in this post, it seems that Seligman’s 3 pillars of happiness and well-being (positive emotion, engagement and meaning) may soon be joined by two more, namely positive relationships and positive achievement. I doubt many would argue about positive relationships being a corner-stone of happiness and well-being, although you might be interested to […]

Oct 20
Standard Chartered’s business case for focusing on employee strengths

According to Debbie Whitaker, Standard Chartered’s Head of Sustainability, ‘everyone has talents that we wish to leverage’. This is a bold statement, considering Standard Chartered is a bank with over 60,000 employees in 56 countries. Their reasons for focusing on talent are fourfold: i) greater growth potential ii) better people performanceiii) increased employee engagement and […]

Oct 20
Standard Chartered’s business case for focusing on employee strengths

According to Debbie Whitaker, Standard Chartered’s Head of Sustainability, ‘everyone has talents that we wish to leverage’. This is a bold statement, considering Standard Chartered is a bank with over 60,000 employees in 56 countries. Their reasons for focusing on talent are fourfold: i) greater growth potential ii) better people performanceiii) increased employee engagement and […]

Oct 20
Standard Chartered’s business case for focusing on employee strengths

According to Debbie Whitaker, Standard Chartered’s Head of Sustainability, ‘everyone has talents that we wish to leverage’. This is a bold statement, considering Standard Chartered is a bank with over 60,000 employees in 56 countries. Their reasons for focusing on talent are fourfold: i) greater growth potential ii) better people performanceiii) increased employee engagement and […]

Sep 20
Seligman at Positive Psychology Conference 8th Nov

You’ll be delighted to know that Martin Seligman is the keynote speaker at UEL’s one day Positive Psychology Conference on Thursday 8th November. Also speaking are Dr Susan David, an Emotional Intelligence expert, Dr Alex Linley, founder and Director of the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology, Dr Gurnek Bains, CEO of corporate psychology consultancy YSC […]

Aug 21
The Benefit of Positive Emotions at Work

Have you ever thought that emotion has no place in the world of business? Well here’s some research that might cause you to stop and think. Do you want to see quickly and easily how positive or negative emotion impacts your current thinking style? Take a look at these four groups of shapes – for […]

Aug 8
Now Discover Your Strengths…Then What?

How to Use Your Character Strengths in New Ways – Part 1 Have you completed the VIA-IS online character strengths survey yet? We find it an excellent starting point for coaching conversations since many people are completely unaware of their strengths, so it can be an instant confidence boost, as well as providing insight into […]

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