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 […]

Sep 27
Positive Psychology Warts ‘n’ All: Book Review

Unusually for me, my posting for Positive Psychology News this month is a book review, Kate Hefferon and Ilona Boniwell’s Positive Psychology: Theory, Research and Applications. Don’t be put off by the fact that it’s a textbook, in short it’s a highly enjoyable, educational, and engaging read, well worth the £18-£20 it’s currently selling for […]

Sep 4
Measuring the Nation’s Well-Being – A Sceptical Update

A few months ago (see here and here) I wrote about the British government’s intention to measure national well-being. This project came about because of the obvious failing of GDP (gross domestic product) to capture all the nuances of social and economic progress (and more recently, the lack of it). I promised to update you […]

Jul 27
Measuring National Well-Being (again)

Back in February 2011 I looked at the British government’s plans to measure the nation’s well-being. Now the National Statistician, Jil Matheson, has published her Reflections on the National Debate on Measuring National Well-being. Was it worth waiting for?  Have we learnt anything new about well-being?  Was it worth the £2m it cost to conduct […]

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 7
Three Simple Rules for Happiness

Here’s my April 2011 posting for Positive Psychology News Daily in it’s entirety this time. Sorry it’s so much later than usual, hopefully you’ve been able to keep uptodate via PPND. This month I look at the implications of new research on happiness, in particular the roles of fit, motivation and effort in becoming happier. […]

Jun 7
Men’s and women’s smiles do not mean the same thing

Here’s my March 2011 article for Positive Psychology News Daily, in it’s entirety – sorry that it’s so late! This month focuses on new research behind the meaning of smiling, and in particular, the intriguing differences between men’s and women’s smiles. I don’t know what it is about March but for me it’s such an […]

Mar 3
Seligman’s New Well-Being Theory: PERMA

In his forthcoming book, Flourish, Martin Seligman reveals his latest approach to well-being. Readers of his Authentic Happiness (2002), the book which brought Positive Psychology out of the academic closet and into the mainstream, will remember the three pathways to happiness, which were: 1. Positive Emotions  – leading to a pleasurable life 2. Engagement (or […]

Feb 28
Measuring the Nation’s Well-being: Authentic Happiness and Well-being Theory

In this month’s article for Positive Psychology News, I look at the government’s plans to measure the UK’s well-being in 2011, and Martin Seligman’s new Well-being Theory. Stop Press: the Office for National Statistics has now announced the four well-being related questions that will be included in this year’s Integrated Household Survey. They are: • […]

Jan 6
Working from home, switching off, well-being and productivity

The numbers of employees who work from home, so-called teleworkers, has risen dramatically in the past decade or so, enabled by the internet and the availability of high-speed broadband in many areas of the country. In the US it’s the same. According to Fortune Magazine this week, nearly half of U.S.-based companies currently have employees […]

Nov 30
Does it matter whether you live in Hope or in Hell*?

* Hope and Hell are both located in Michigan… One of the aspects of studying positive psychology which really appeals to me is its sheer breadth – the fact that it applies in so many fields of human endeavour and experience.  Positive psychology appears in disciplines as diverse as art and design, education, politics, and […]

Oct 28
Dare We Let Boys Be Boys? Positive Masculinity and Positive Psychology

As the mother of a rapidly-growing boy (aged 8, going on 18), I was very interested to come across the Positive Masculinity Model, and wondered what I could learn from it that would be useful to me as a parent.   Below is my Positive Psychology News Daily article on the subject in full. I probably […]

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