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Kennon M. Sheldon


Kennon M. Sheldon, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Missouri–Columbia

e-mail: SheldonK[at]missouri.edu

RESEARCH INTERESTS: positive psychology, goal-striving, self-concordance model, development, need-satisfaction, well-being.

TEACHING: Professor Sheldon teaches Social Psychology at University of Missouri–Columbia undergraduate psychology program. Read the full story

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Tweeting the Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology


This is the collection of tweets for every entry in the Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology (EoPP). In a nutshell, I started it back in 2009, stopped for a while, and now I am back onto it.

here are the latest tweets under the hash tag #EoPP

The list will be updated as I tweet new entries.
(The order is both alphabetical and by tweet date with a couple of hickups inbetween. ) Read the full story

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The Strengthspotting Scale


The Strengthspotting Scale measures your ability, frequency, and motivation to identify other people’s strengths, helping others with the application of their strengths, and the emotional satisfaction of doing so. There are twenty questions, four for each of the five categories, that have to be rated on a scale from 1 (Strongly Disagree) to 7 (Strongly Agree).

  • ability – to identify strengths in others
  • emotional – satisfaction of identifying strengths in others
  • frequency – of identifying strengths in others
  • motivation – to identify strengths in others
  • application – helping others to utilize their strengths

You can get a hold of The Strengthspotting Scale in The Strengths Book: Be Confident, Be Successful, and Enjoy Better Relationships by Realising the Best of You, where it is included as part of the book to be released on April 28th, 2010. For research purposes The Strengthspotting Scale is freely available (upon request, no link yet) but understandably not for commercial purposes since it is copyrighted.

The only official link for The Strengths Book is on the CAPPEU site (if I find a link to the PDF I’ll post it).

References:

Linley, A., Willars, J., & Biswas-Diener, R. (2010). The strengthspotting scale. In The strengths book: Be confident, be successful, and enjoy better relationships by realising the best of you. Coventry, UK: CAPP Press.

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10 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude & Become Happier


Gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to improve your well-being and among other things, increasing your happiness. Within positive psychology inquiries, gratitude interventions have proven to be among the most effective, as world expert on gratitude Robert A. Emmons and other researchers have found. Among the wide ranging benefits, researchers have found that “gratitude is positively related to such critical outcomes as life satisfaction, vitality, happiness, self-esteem, optimism, hope, empathy, and the willingness to provide emotional and tangible support for other people, whereas being ungrateful is related to anxiety, depression, envy, materialism and loneliness.” (p. 186)

“A person with the disposition to feel grateful has established a worldview that says, in effect, that all of life is a gift, gratuitously given. Although we cannot in any direct way be grateful, we can cultivate gratefulness by structuring our lives, our minds, and our words in such a way as to facilitate awareness of gratitude-inducing experiences and labeling them as such.” (p. 187) In other words “gratitude is a way of life.” (p. 186)

(Gratitude is one of the 24 Character Strengths included in the VIA Survey of Character Strengths which is a scientifically validated measurement designed to identify what your top signature strengths are.)

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Robert A. Emmons


Robert A. Emmons, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology (Social-Personality)
University of California, Davis

e-mail: raemmons[at]ucdavis.edu

RESEARCH INTERESTS: gratitude, positive psychology,

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Tal Ben-Shahar – Quotes


The average is indicative of a trend, not of a necessity or of a universal truth. Often, it is those outside the norm, the exceptional ones, who point to the truth of what is possible.” (Ben-Shahar, 2007, p. 138)

Ben-Shahar, T. (2007). Happier: Learn the secrets of daily joy and lasting fulfillment. New York: McGraw-Hill.

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VIA Survey of Character Strengths


The VIA Survey of Character Strengths is a scientifically validated measurement designed to identify what your top signature strengths are. It was developed from and is based on the multi-year work of Chris Peterson and Marty Seligman. They have identified, with a team of professionals, 24 Virtues and Character Strengths that are found across cultures.

Character Strengths

If you are interested to learn more about how it came about, you can find the culmination of their work in their book called Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification, which is sometimes referred to as the un-dsm manual or more accurately it provides a counter balance to the DSM. Read the full story

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The Beginning of Positive Psychology


The modern positive psychology movement began with Martin Seligman’s American Psychological Association’s (APA) Presidential address at the yearly conference in San Francisco, California. His speech was entitle Building Human Strength: Psychology’s Forgotten Mission (Seligman, 1998) and since then he has come to be known as the father of positive psychology with Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi. (Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000)

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Sonja Lyubomirsky


Sonja LyubomirskySonja Lyubomirsky, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology (Social)
University of California, Riverside

e-mail: sonja.lyubomirsky[at]ucr.edu

RESEARCH INTERESTS: happiness, positive psychology, Read the full story

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Positive Psychology Lecture 1 by Tal Ben-Shahar


Harvard's Positive Psychology Course by Tal Ben-Shahar

This is Lecture #1 of the famous Positive Psychology course taught at Harvard University by professor Tal Ben-Shahar. These are my original notes, with a little editing, from Lecture #1 while I took Tal Ben-Shahar’s Positive Psychology class through Harvard’s Extension School. Thanks to someone who has uploaded the actual lecture, you can what it below. Here’s also a past Syllabus from the 2007-08 course. Read the full story

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The Surprising Power of Neighborly Advice


Research

“Our neighbor’s experience can provide greater insight than our own best guess.” (Gilbert, Killingsworth, Eyre, & Wilson, 2009, p. 1619) In other words, another person sharing their first hand experiences (surrogation), helps us to make better predictions than our own best guess (simulation) of how we will feel when experiencing the same event. At the same time,  all participants believed that simulation would be superior to surrogation, even after it had failed them. Read the full story

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Anticipating One’s Troubles


Research
Our emotional well-being benefits when we have positive expectations and suffers when we have negative expectations. This holds true irregardless of the actual out come of the anticipated turn out of events. Prior to knowing how things will turn out, positive expectations generate a pleasant state of savoring while negative expectations generate an unpleasant state of dreading what is to come. Read the full story

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Timothy Wilson


Timothy D. WilsonTimothy D. Wilson, PhD
Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology (Social)
University of Virginia

e-mail: tdw[at]virginia.edu

RESEARCH INTERESTS: affective forecasting, positive psychology, Read the full story

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Daniel Gilbert


Daniel T. GilbertDaniel T. Gilbert, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology (Social)
Harvard University

e-mail: gilbert[at]wjh.harvard.edu

RESEARCH INTERESTS: affective forecasting, positive psychology, Read the full story

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Tal Ben-Shahar


Tal Ben-ShaharTal Ben-Shahar, PhD
Professor of Psychology
New School of Psychology
Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya

e-mail: talb[at]idc.ac.il

RESEARCH INTERESTS: positive psychology, perfectionism, happiness, and positive emotions. Read the full story

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