Nov 22
Getting to Grips with the UK’s Well-being

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Jan 5
New Book: Positive Psychology – A Practical Guide

My new book, Positive Psychology – A Practical Guide, is published today by Icon Books (£6.99) Based on the most up-to-date research, theories and science and covering over 20 of the key concepts within Positive Psychology in a clear, concise and easy-to-read style, this book gives you proven techniques to improve your well-being and put […]

Jan 1
Beyond SMART: 3 Top Tips for Successful Goal-Setting and Achievement

Happy New Year! As this is often a time when we reflect on our past achievements and set new goals for the future, I’d like to share with you some of the latest positive psychology research which you may find helpful. Focus on creating approach goals According to psychology research, avoidance goals (those with negative […]

Dec 19
Positive Psychology: Fit for Purpose?

Do Positive Interventions Ever Backfire? A few weeks ago someone started an interesting discussion on the ‘Friends of Positive Psychology’ Listserv by asking if using a gratitude activity had ever backfired. The question may have been prompted by a recently published study by Susan Sergeant and Myriam Mongrain in which a gratitude exercise not only […]

Oct 17
International Journal of Well-being – Vol 1 No 3 – Just published

The latest quarterly edition of the open-access International Journal of Well-being has just been published.  No. 3 includes some new research by Nathaniel Lambert, A. Marlea Gwinn, Tyler Stillman and Frank Fincham on how sharing positive experiences can boost your vitality and help you overcome tiredness, An interview with Barbara Fredrickson (famous for the broaden-and-build […]

Aug 18
Does the World Need Positive Psychology?

One of the very first pieces I wrote for Positive Psychology News Daily back in 2007 focused on the application of strengths – whether strengths as defined in positive psychology are always positive and how we know which strength to apply in any given situation. This was inspired by a great article by Barry Schwartz […]

Jul 2
Issue 2: The International Journal of Well-Being

Issue 2 of the open access positive psychology journal, the International Journal of Well-Being has just been published. It focuses on ‘felicitators’ or producers of happiness, that is the people, places,  ideas and institutions that have made and can make the world a happier place.  People familiar with pos psych research may find the subjects […]

Jun 28
Needs and Subjective Well-Being Across the World

Most people with an interest in psychology have heard of Maslow’s theory of motivation and hierarchy of needs, which suggest that we’re driven to satisfy basic physiological needs (such as for food and shelter) first, then to satisfy our needs for safety, love and belonging, self-esteem and lastly self-actualization. For those interested in positive psychology, […]

Sep 13
Daniel Pink on Motivation: Why PRP Doesn’t Work!

Here’s a great animated video supporting Daniel Pink’s presentation on intrinsic motivation and why profit-related pay (PRP) doesn’t actually motivate people to work harder. According to Pink, psychology research shows that economists have got it all wrong. If you want to motivate and engage people, and get them work harder, they need to experience the […]

Aug 26
How the economic crisis affects well-being

In this month’s posting for Positive Psychology News Daily, I reviewed some brand new research from Professor Carol Graham, Soumya Chattopadhyay, and Mario Picon (all from the University of Maryland). Their objective was to better understand the effects of the US economic crisis on well-being and to determine if individuals adapt both to the bad […]

Aug 3
More FREE Positive Psychology Resources

Anyone who takes their positive psychology research seriously will know how difficult it is to get hold of quality academic papers if you don’t have access to a university library or piles of cash to pay for a journal subscription. Sometimes you can find stuff on the web (often the researcher’s website is a good […]

Jul 12
Open Source Positive Psychology Journal

I’ve just heard that Aaron Jarden, lecturer in psychology at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and  president of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology is about to launch an open source journal for the study of well-being. According to the website, the International Journal of Well-being is a “blind peer-reviewed journal that publishes […]

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