Jun 7
Book Review: Positive Psychologists on Positive Psychology

Aaron Jarden has written a 130-page e-book, Positive Psychologists on Positive Psychology that explores topics that all positive psychologists, experienced or novice, researcher or practitioner, will find interesting. Not only does the book provide answers to basic questions, such as “What is positive psychology?”, it also addresses more challenging ones, such as When, where and […]

Nov 2
Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach well-being…?

My latest article for Positive Psychology News Daily is a review of a new Positive Psychology-based book by ed psych and consultant Sue Roffey, called Changing Behaviour in Schools: Promoting Positive Relationships and Well-being. One of the great strengths of this book is its breadth, not just in terms of aims but also its evidence […]

May 31
Martin Seligman: The Power of a Positive Thinker

“His goal is to advance the well-being of the world – one sector at a time”. An interesting (and revealing) article from Stacey Burling at The Philadelphia Inquirer on Professor Martin Seligman, often quoted as the founding father of Positive Psychology. Image courtesy of the US Army …

Mar 2
FREE Positive Psychology Journal

It’s not often that you get something for nothing, particularly top quality scientific papers. However, you can now download ten Dec 2009 papers from some of the best-known Positive Psychology researchers including Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ed Diener, Antonella Della Fave and the UK’s Stephen Joseph. See the Table of Contents below. Thanks to Ingrid Brdar for […]

Feb 1
Science of Happiness – Short Documentary

Here’s a great 25 minute documentary about the science of happiness, featuring Harvard’s Dr Daniel Gilbert (“Stumbling on Happiness”), Dr Angela Clow from the University of Westminster and my favourite,  Newcastle University’s Dr Daniel Nettle (“Happiness – The Science behind your Smile”). Thanks to CoachFu for the link …

Dec 12
Das große Glück für Anfänger: In 100 Schritten zum Happy End

Just to update you all – Ilona and I are delighted to see that The Happiness Equation has been published in German. According to my MAPP colleagues, Drs Marina Fiedler and Lars Fend, there are two books on the topic of happiness and well-being in the top ten at the moment – let’s hope The […]

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 […]

Oct 18
Employee Well-being Forum – October 21st

If you happen to be in London on Wednesday 21st October, the Employee Well-being Forum might be worth a visit. The programme boasts that “at this event you will hear a wealth of best practice case studies offering practical advice to improve wellness strategies and decrease absence and stress in the workplace through the recession”. […]

Aug 31
Wealth, Happiness and Life Satisfaction

Here’s my latest article on Positive Psychology News Daily on that age-old subject of wealth and happiness. It seems to have caused a bit of a stir with some readers, judging from the number of comments (32 as of today), although maybe not for the right reasons! Never mind, I’m sure you’ll find the recent […]

Jun 25
Positive Psychology and Politics

A great article from The Guardian yesterday about the plans of Lord Layard, the so-called ‘Happiness Tsar’, to bring happiness to the UK masses. As an economist, his epiphany was the realisation that above a certain point, money and happiness aren’t correlated. Putting aside the argument about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and depression (which is one […]

May 28
Iceland – the Happiest Country?

As with any happiness or life satisfaction league table, who comes top depends on exactly what’s being measured and how. In this article by The Observer journalist John Carlin, Iceland is referred to as the happiest country in the world. How can this be? We all know that it’s Denmark! Carlin’s conclusion is based on […]

Mar 20
Money can buy you happiness…

…but not in the way you might think. Positive Psychologists are often quoted as saying that after a certain point, more money can’t make you significantly happier, implying that there’s no point in busting a gut to get that next bonus or promotion. This article however reports the findings of a recent study by the […]

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