Dec 5
Honda and the Joy of Engineering
  I recently had the privilege of attending an Open University Business School ‘Business Perspectives’ Masterclass at which Ken Keir OBE,  the Executive Vice President of Honda Motor Europe, talked about the way innovation, the  lifeblood of the Honda company, drives its success. Even though he focused on Honda’s R&D philosophy, explaining for example how, in recessionary times, the company goes ...
Nov 22
Getting to Grips with the UK’s Well-being
Yesterday, the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) published its first Annual Report on Measuring National Well-being (MNW). The MNW programme was set up in October 2010 in response to the acknowledgement that traditional economic measures of progress such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) do not provide a complete picture of how society is doing. The stated aim of the MNW programme is to “develop and publi...
Sep 17
Should You Play to Your Signature Strengths or Not?
When I first came across the VIA Inventory of Character Strengths back in my 2007 MAPP class, I was curious to know whether all 24 strengths are the same in terms of their relationship to well-being. We’d read the 2005 research paper by Seligman and colleagues that suggests that using your strengths in new ways is an effective way to lastingly increase your well-being and alleviate depression. Then we were d...
Sep 17
2012 London Olympic Games: The Optimism Legacy
During the recent London 2012 Olympic Games an unparalleled mood of optimism and hope swept across the United Kingdom. Even people who don’t love sports could not help being drawn into the anticipation and excitement, sharing the heroism of the medal winners and the heart-break of those who missed out, whether by a millimetre or a mile. Who could not be impressed by the sight of beaming Mo Farah winning gold in ...
Jun 7
Book Review: Personal Well-being Lessons for Secondary Schools
Instinctively, a good teacher knows that a happy child learns more easily and bounces back more quickly from disappointments than an unhappy child.  It’s common sense that a happy teacher performs better than an unhappy one, and this has now been borne out by research at Birkbeck College at the University of London, which suggests that there is a link between teacher well-being and student attainment. But t...
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 how did positive psychology...
Apr 24
Positive Psychology: A Practical Guide in the news
Journalist Charlotte Shepherd has written a fabulous piece about my new book, Positive Psychology: A Practical Guide, in the Wiltshire & Gloucestershire Standard this week. Positive Psychology A Practical Guide Wilts and Glos Standard 19-04-2012 ...
Mar 21
7 Highly Effective Habits of Happy People
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Feb 27
Praise for ‘Introducing Positive Psychology: A Practical Guide’
I’m delighted to tell you that my new book Introducing Positive Psychology: A Practical Guide (Icon Books, 2012) has received endorsements from several academics and professional coach/trainers this month, including the following: Introducing Positive Psychology – A Practical Guide “Excellent – I couldn’t put it down … covers all the essential elements of positive psychology in practice, str...
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.   Introducing Positive Psychology – A Practical Guide   ...
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 consultancy FranklinCovey found that 35% of respondents break their resolutions by the end of January. Actually,...
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). Bird Watching Stella is a real inspiration – she‘s in her late 70s, happily divorced with three grown-up ch...

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