Feb 19
How Coke spreads a little happiness…

Thanks to http://twitter.com/dannyfine for the link …

Dec 8
Changing behaviour using Fun Theory

Can you change people’s behaviour for the better by making tasks more enjoyable? Car manufacturer Volkswagen seems to think so – they’ve been running a competition looking for new designs or inventions which prove the ‘Fun Theory‘, i.e. that having fun is the easiest way to get people to do the right thing. Examples include  […]

Oct 26
Positive psychology, positive thinking, health and the economy

Here’s a link to a US radio show ‘To the point’, featuring Barbara Ehrenreich, author of  ‘Bright-sided: How the relentless promotion of positive thinking has undermined America‘ and Robert Biswas-Diener, a psychology instructor at Portland State University; they discuss the connections between Positive Psychology, happiness and positive thinking and health and the economy (you need […]

Jun 26
Fun, Friends and Fulfilment

Here’s a link to my article on Positive Psychology News Daily this month, about  the benefits associated with eating together. If you’d like to comment, feel free to do that here or on the PPND website. Thanks! Image: courtesy of sunface13 …

Mar 26
Emotions at Work

Here’s a link to my posting to Positive Psychology News Daily this month, in which I discuss ways of applying Fredrickson’s “Broaden and Build” theory of positive emotions in ways that organisations will find acceptable, as well as useful. Your comments and thoughts are welcome here, and on the PPND website. Image: Thanks to Joe […]

Feb 9
Positive Psychology Songs

I’ve been reading a lot about Twitter over the past 12 months or so, and have finally succumbed. A simple search of Pos Psych today unearthed plenty of old stuff about Seligman, using strengths and stuff like that, and then I came across this list of Pos Psych songs by Dr John Schinnerer. Not sure […]

Sep 28
Positive Emotions – Quantity vs Quality?

In my September Positive Psychology News Daily post, I look at the question of quantity versus quality of positive emotion, and which has the greater impact on well-being. Research suggests that different nations expereince the same emotions differently, which means that context is more important than we might think. On a more light-hearted note, you […]

May 26
Positive Psychology, Music and Song

In this month’s Positive Psychology News Daily article we explore the links between Positive Psychology, making music and singing in unison. Not only are they both good for your physical health, scientists like Professor Stephen Clift of the Sidney de Haan Centre for Arts and Health are now investigating the benefits for psychological well-being, including […]

Mar 13
Happiness Lessons in Schools

Here’s an interesting article from the Guardian about the argument for and against teaching happiness lessons in schools. You can see why Anthony Seldon, head of Wellington College (one of the most elite schools in the UK) is so keen that kids get something more than the National Curriculum, since it will hardly prepare them […]

Feb 26
Positive Psychology News Daily – Space and Well-being

This month’s posting for Positive Psychology News Daily focuses the importance of space in the development of well-being in children, and what this means for the rest of us. …

Jan 5
The Benefit of Saying Thank You

Have you written your thank-you letters for all the gifts you received this Christmas? You might be interested to know that there’s been a great deal of research into the benefits of gratitude; grateful people, for example, report higher levels of life satisfaction, vitality, optimism and positive emotions, as well as lower levels of depression […]

Dec 22
Positive Psychology – science or psychobabble?

In Wednesday’s HARDTalk programme, BBC journalist, Stephen Sackur, interviewed Professor Martin Seligman, founder of positive psychology, about such questions as whether positive psychology is truly scientific or mere psychobabble, whether or not well-being should be a political issue, and whether it would be better to put our efforts into alleviating mental illness instead. If you […]

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