Taking Positive Action in the Midst of Negativity – Positive Psychology News – Positivity Article

Sydney Kastner, MAPP ’19 is the Director of Well-Being and growth at 4.0 Schools and a consultant, facilitator, and coach. You can follow her on instagram @wellbeingwithsyd. Leora Viega Rifkin, MAPP ’16, is the creator of Mighty Questions, offering affordable coaching because she believes coaching should be accessible to everyone. Leora holds a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. LinkedIn profile. Leora’s solo articles are here. Authors’ Note: This article is intended to help people…

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Quiet Confidence and the Perils of “Trying Too Hard” – Self Improvement Article

When most people picture “confidence” in their minds, they see it as loud and boisterous – but confidence can also be very quiet and reserved. In fact, everyone has their own version of “confidence” depending on their personality. This was a key lesson I had to learn while trying to improve my own confidence over the years. As someone who struggled a lot with low self-esteem and low self-worth when I was younger, confidence was one of my main focuses…

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Knit 1, Purl 1, Decrease Stress – Positivity Article

I have just returned from a weekend knitting festival feeling completely rejuvenated and raring to go. Why do I feel so refreshed? I believe it is because I have been using and witnessing many Positive Psychology principles in action. Mindfulness The benefits of mindful activities where you slow down and focus on a specific task, such as knitting, are well documented. It quietens the mind’s chatter, allowing mental space to let the mind wander, to let thoughts come and go…

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3 Tiny Mental Habits I Practice Every Morning – In Less Than 5 Minutes – Self Improvement Article

When it comes to self-improvement, it’s not just about changing our physical habits but also our mental habits. In what direction does your mind naturally tend to go? Do you focus more on the “positive” or “negative” in any given situation? Do you pay more attention to your “strengths” or your “weaknesses?” Happy and successful people tend to share similar beliefs and attitudes that help fuel their happiness and success. Some may have picked up these beliefs naturally (through their…

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Our Best Education Articles of 2019 – Happiness Article

Looking for inspiration to start the new decade off on the right foot? Our most popular education articles of 2019 explore how children develop purpose, how we can best support our students’ mental health and social-emotional development, why we benefit from listening to each other’s stories, and more. And…if you want to put the scientific findings from these articles into practice, check out our new website for educators, Greater Good in Education (GGIE), officially launching on February 20, 2020. In…

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Lack of Fun at Work Kills Motivation – Positive Psychology News – Positivity Article

Dr. Nico Rose (MAPP ’14) is a professor for organizational psychology at International School of Management (ISM) in Dortmund, Germany. He worked for Bertelsmann, Europe’s largest media corporation from 2010 to 2018, most recently as Vice President Employer Branding & Talent Acquisition. For several years, he published Mappalicious, the German side of positive psychology. His book, Arbeit besser machen, was published in 2019. Nico’s articles can be found here. When was the last time you really had a lot fun…

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What Each Zodiac Considers A Flaw — That Is Actually A Strength  – Personal Development Article

Aries Your stubbornness. It means you don’t give up easily. It means you’re persistent. It means, when you want something, you keep trying until you get it. Taurus Your moodiness. It means you’re comfortable showing vulnerability. It means you’re in touch with your emotions. It means you consider your own feelings valid. Gemini Your fickleness. It means you’re open to hearing other people’s opinions. It means you’re willing to change your beliefs as you grow and learn. It means you’re…

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What Are Your Superpowers? Create Unique Names for Your Strengths – Self Improvement Article

Do you have superpowers? When it comes to self improvement, we often focus more on our weaknesses and what we want to fix about ourselves rather than our strengths and what we are already good at. The main reason for this is that we tend to have a “negativity bias.” Our minds are designed to solve problems and fix things. And as a result, we take our strengths for granted and instead we spend most of our time thinking about…

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Negativity is NOT the key to success – Positivity Article

We all know that negativity has an immense impact on how we feel, work and interact with others, so why do we allow those feelings to influence us so much? It is simple, as human beings we have a negativity bias. Our brain has a built-in negative bias that causes us to focus on negative things. These negative events have a greater impact on our brains than positive ones, and can have a powerful effect on our behaviour, our decisions,…

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The Positive Psychology Movie Awards for 2018 – Positive Psychology News – Positivity Article

Now in its 10th year, I’m happy to offer you the best of the best positive psychology movies from the past year. I comb through popular, independent, and obscure films to select important films across some of the most important positive psychology themes. You can use these movies to educate your students, catalyze strength in your clients, or for your own personal cinematic elevation. Cinematic elevation is a phrase I coined in 2008 to refer to one of the motivational…

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Building Character with a 30-Day Practice (Book Review) – Positive Psychology News – Positivity Article

Rosalinda Ballestero Valdés, MAPP 2015 is the director of Institute for Wellbeing and Happiness at Universidad Tecmilenio, a higher education private institution in Mexico with 28 locations in 22 cities, a total of 47,500 students including 16,000 high school students. Rosalinda’s articles are here. Jane Strunk Anderson’s book, 30 Days of Character Strengths: A Guided Practice to Ignite Your Best lays out a month-long series of practices to help people intentionally develop their own character strengths. It can also be…

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