Smarts and Stamina: Flourishing for Busy People

Last week, fellow MAPP graduates, Marie-Josee Shaar and Kathryn Britton published their new book: Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Performance.  I was honored to have been asked to write the foreword for their book. This week on Psychology of Wellbeing, I share with you the foreword I wrote for them.  […]

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My Memory of September 11

September 11, 2001. I was staying at the Pierre Hotel in New York City and woke up just as the first plane was crashing into the tower.  I was living in Mexico at the time but had stopped in New York on my way back from somewhere (my memories of whatever was happening the week […]

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When Disaster Strikes

Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, floods, volcanoes and terrorist attacks.  In just the past year these disasters have all hit somewhere in the world.  We’ve had every kind of disaster you can think of short of an attack of zombie hordes.  This time, the disaster came pretty close to home for me with Hurricane Irene […]

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Love or Science? A Young Woman’s Dilemma

A recent series of research studies found that women are lured away from math and science by their desire for romance.  This research is fascinating on two levels.  First, because it highlights a difference between the genders as researchers found that women, but not men, would express less motivation to pursue a career in science, […]

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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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