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Lessons on our Media Culture from Penn State

Today’s article gives some inside perspective to the recent events at Penn State from two fellow UPenn MAPP (Master of Applied Positive Psychology) graduates.  Leona Brandwene is a performance improvement coach and positive psychology instructor and  Lorrie Peniston is a positive psychotherapist in Bermuda with Pennsylvania roots.  Both are proud alumni of Penn State. “Penn State” elicits a broad […]

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Warning: Positivity May be Harmful

Today’s article is featured on Positive Psychology News Daily. “Context matters” for understanding human wellbeing.  This has been a recurring theme of this blog in recent months.  It was one of my key takeaways from the International Positive Psychology Association conference in Philadelphia, and it was the topic of a new book called “Situations Matter” by Sam […]

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Positive Leadership on Display

Last week, at the International Spa Association annual conference, the spa industry got a good immersion in what positive leadership looks like.  The first day’s keynote speaker was Bert Jacobs, the CEO (Chief Executive Optimist) of Life is Good.  In case you aren’t already familiar with the Life is Good brand, it is a clothing […]

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Occupy Wall Street asks “What do we all Agree On?”

The recent Occupy Wall Street movement has been successful because it does something that our political system has been unable to do:  align people around shared beliefs and values.  Unfortunately, our current political system is not very good at aligning politicians and citizens to work together towards common goals.  The focus seems to be exclusively on battling over areas of disagreement.  […]

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The Social Contract at Work

Most employers understand their relationship with their employees as being based on a simple employment contract.  The employee is provided with a compensation package including a living wage and a certain amount of benefits and in return they are expected to fulfill certain functions of the job, usually outlined in an employee handbook and/or a […]

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