What’s Good About Work?

Let’s face it, most of us hate our jobs, and if you ask us what we hate about them, we’d be happy to tell you the stories of lazy coworkers, miserable conditions and asshole bosses.  Gallup researchers suggest that “presenteeism” (the act of showing up to work but not truly contributing to the productivity of […]

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Positive Psychology and Climate Change

Today’s article is by my friend and fellow University of Pennsylvania MAPP graduate, David M. Carter.  David specializes in the psychology of behavior change towards more environmentally sustainable lifestyles.  I am inspired by the impact David makes on the world through his writing and speaking, promoting the theories and research discoveries in positive psychology that can […]

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Report from the International Positive Psychology Association

This week I attended the International Positive Psychology Association World Congress, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  As you might imagine, it has been almost overwhelming with a variety of talks regarding the state of positive psychology today and workshops covering specific research that has been done or application of the science to a variety of domains. Here […]

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The Positive Psychology of Zombies Part 2: Hive Psychology

Recently I wrote an article on the positive psychology of zombies, and I immediately realized that I was only telling half the story.  I argued that the popularity and appeal of zombies was due to their perseverance.  Unlike other mythical horror creatures, the zombies do not have super human powers or weapons to destroy their […]

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The Positive Psychology of Zombies: The Power of Perseverance

Everybody loves zombies.  Or at least it sometimes seems that way considering the strong foothold they have taken on popular American culture.  Zombies have been a staple of popular films (Wikipedia offers a comprehensive list of them here.)  Jonathan Coulton had a great song about corporate zombies that had some viral popularity (chorus: “all we […]

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