Positive Psychology Essential Reads

Refining the Definition of Synchronicity

Our cosmos is finely tuned by numerous constants without which life on Earth would not be. Some of these coincidences have probabilities much lower than any personal coincidence.

Done and Dusted

By Bruce Grierson on September 13, 2017 in The Carpe Diem Project
How do you spell relief? Closing the file on a half-finished job.
Amelia Watkins, used with permission

The Educational Surprise of My Life: Community College

My first year of college was substantially different than I had anticipated, in ways both good and bad.

Keep Daydreaming: Why Only Dreamers Create Consciously

Understand the concept of unintentional creation of reality: Worrying vs. daydreaming.

Is Our Western Happiness Fetish Causing Depression?

By Brock Bastian Ph.D. on August 02, 2017 in The Other Side
In a series of experiments, we showed the high value we place on happiness is not only associated with increased levels of depression, it may actually be the underlying factor.

What's Precious to You?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on July 31, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Try to identify what is sacred to you. Maybe you already know. You could also find a place or time that is peaceful or meaningful. Different answers come to different people.

Why Are Our Workplaces Getting Ruder?

Incivility is costing us personally and professionally. So what can we do to deal with it?

Are You High in Moral Development? Do You Love?

Is the field of moral development as morally developed as it should be? If not, maybe you are under-striving to be the most highly developed person you can be. See where you stand.

Why Meticulously Made Decisions Motivate Us to Persist

Decision effort signals the task's worth, raises confidence & increases chances of succeeding.

The Cure for Self Loathing? Self-Forgiveness

Self-loathing can take its toll on a person, robbing the self of vitality and happiness. Self-forgiveness can restore that vitality and set you free from the bondage of your past.

No, Empathy Isn’t a Universal Value

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in The Empathy Gap
Which countries score the highest on empathy?

The Sense of Wonder

By Karin Arndt, Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in A Hut of Her Own
Feeling lonely, alienated, or disconnected? Reviving a childlike sense of wonder may be the key to recovery.

How Do You Measure Your Self-Worth?

Basing your self-worth on the wrong things is like building your house on an unsteady foundation. Pay attention to how you measure your value.

Five Ways to Remove the Stigma Associated with Mental Health

Mental health issues impact millions in the U.S., and there are ways we can help.

Trump and Putin Do a Scene from a TV Series at G20 Summit

Artists unknowingly predict and sometimes create the future through their work. These coincidences point to a greater mind of which we are all a part.
The Difficult Ones Are Everywhere!

The Difficult Ones Are Everywhere!

Learn to deal with difficult people and move to a stronger place when dealing with them with these FIVE steps!

What We Know About Gratitude And Giving Back

There is no question that gratitude is good for you. But is it good for society too?

Anxiety as Depression Waiting to Happen

Why does anxiety often lead to depression, and even create further anxiety? This article provides an answer, and discusses a key factor in overcoming the comorbidity.

Are You Stressed Or Upset?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
We move back and forth between Green and Red, which our ancestors evolved to survive and pass on to us in their genes.

Psychology of Peak Performance, Continued

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on June 02, 2017 in Boundless
Endurance athletes teach lessons about mental toughness for everyone.

What's Changing?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on May 29, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Nothing about opening to the changing nature of both internal experiences and external conditions means that we should pursue wholesome ends and means any less wholeheartedly.

Finding Sanity in Today's Political Chaos

By Kimberly Key on May 23, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Research shows that recurring negative stories (on TV or engaging in repeated negative discourse with friends) can have a deleterious effect on our mental and physical health.
T. Mairunteregger

Seligman on Tour

Is "prospection" the newest and holiest of grails in psychology? Seligman: "Yes." We: "No."

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Cheerleading

You can cheerlead for a loved one with encouragement, logistical, or material support. In showing love by expressing priorities, you helping them respect and love themselves.

When It’s Hard to Forgive: Five Suggestions for You

Do not quickly abandon the forgiveness process once you begin. Consider these ideas for your healing.

Exactly How to Have More Fun on Vacation

By Andrea Bartz on May 16, 2017 in The Wandering Mind
For maximum enjoyment, just add THIS.

Why Being Yourself Is Not Good Advice

It seems like a great idea to be yourself. But what does it actually mean to lead an authentic life? There are three parts to authenticity.

Are We Evolved for Happiness?

A naive take on life suggests that happiness is an end goal. It’s not, and evolutionary psychology tells us why.
ReflectedSerendipity/flickr

Upward Spirals of Support for College Students

By Ross E O'Hara, Ph.D. on May 02, 2017 in Nudging Ahead
How can we get college students to adopt new behaviors to succeed in school? Lessons from positive psychology suggest a new approach.

High Quality Teaching Boosts Learning in Young Athletes

“In the end, it’s about teaching . . . Teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me.” John Wooden, legendary UCLA basketball coach