Positive Psychology News Digest on Mappalicious | No. 30/2016

My favorite pieces covering Positive Psychology and adjacent from (roughly) the last seven days.

New York Mag: Why Declaring ‘I’m an Introvert!’ Limits Your Life by Drake Baer


Time: The fun way to easily improve your life, backed by research by Eric Barker


Forbes: 10 Troubling Habits Of Chronically Unhappy People by Travis Bradberry


New York Times: The Structure of Gratitude by David Brooks


Atlantic: How to change your personality by Scott Barry Kaufman


New Yorker: What Makes People Feel Upbeat at Work by Maria Konnikova


Business Insider: The same trait that can make you popular in middle school also helps you succeed at work by Shana Lebowitz


Tech Insider: Science says happier people have these 9 things in common by Kevin Loria


Psychology Today: What Happens When Hope Is Lost? by Michelle McQuaid


Washington Post: The downside of being happy by Ana Swanson


Psychology Today: How Stress Makes Us Healthier and Happier by Nick Tasler


Huffington Post: Lessons learned about positive psychology and positive education by Susie Wolbe


Scientific American: Kindness Contagion by Jamil Zaki

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Welcome to the Center for Positive Organizations

CPO_LogoSo, I’m sharing a commercial video here. Yes, that’s not the usual content on Mappalicious.

It’s just that so many of my academic heroes are gathered in this video (and thus, at the CPO, e.g. Robert Quinn, Jane Dutton, and Kim Cameron) that I’m actually eager to share it. The CPO is a fabulous place to learn. I know this ever since taking part in their Positive Business Conference in May.

Please also check out their fabulous website. They host a wide array of Positive Psychology resources, e.g., this extensive list of research papers on Positive Organizational Science.

Positive Psychology News Digest on Mappalicious | No. 29/2016

My favorite pieces covering Positive Psychology and adjacent from (roughly) the last seven days.

New York Times: The Incalculable Value of Finding a Job You Love by Robert Frank


Psychology Today: Why Limit Yourself? by Seth Gillihan


Heleo: Of the Two Kinds of Happiness, This One Will Help You Be More Resilient by Mandy Godwin


Independent: Altruism has more of an evolutionary advantage than selfishness, mathematicians say by Ian Johnston


Aeon: Don’t think too positive by Gabriele Oettingen & Pam Weintraub


Fast Company: This Is The Most Likely Reason Why You Feel Successful But Still Aren’t Happy by Neil Pasricha


The Positive Organization: An Elusive Leadership Skill by Robert Quinn


Weekly Times Now: Mindfulness is becoming more of a priority in Schools by Camille Smith


International Business Times: Reading books and watching films makes you kinder in real life by Léa Surugue


Greater Good Science Center: Why Your Office Needs More Nature by Jill Suttie

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Welcome to Emma Elaria…

Cherished reader,

there won’t be any updates on Mappalicious for a couple of days. The reason is simple and very beautiful. Today, my wife has given birth to a very special kind of update to this world. 

The Little Guru is a big brother now. Please say hello to Emma Elaria Rose…

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Positive Psychology News Digest on Mappalicious | No. 28/2016

My favorite pieces covering Positive Psychology and adjacent from (roughly) the last seven days.

Atlantic: Can this app make me happier? by Julie Beck


Positive Psychology News Daily: Are There Items on Today’s To-Do List that Bring You Joy? by Kathryn Britton


Esquire: 6 Surprising Things Science Says Will Make You Happy by Olivia Ovenden


Telegraph: Should happiness be part of the school curriculum? by Olivia Parker


Huffington Post: Can Your Building Make You Healthier? by Dan Probst


The Positive Organization: Denial and Reality by Robert Quinn


ABC: Connecting the dots between happiness and a sense of meaning by Sophie Scott


USA Today: Educators see gold in Pokémon Go by Greg Toppo


Time: Practice doesn’t make perfect, actually by Zachary Hambrick & Fredrik Ullén


Heleo: Scott Barry Kaufman and Sarah Lewis on the Art and Science of Creativity, no author

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10 Books on Purpose and Meaning in Life and Work

Esfahani_MeaningI don´t know if it´s my age (…the 40s are clearly in sight…), or the fact that I will become a father for the second time over the upcoming weeks (Yeah…!), or if it´s just in the air anyway (I believe so…) – but my mind is preoccupied with the topic of meaning and purpose at work and in life in general most of the time.

If you also would like to dig deeper into that subject-matter: Here´s a neat book list for you. Some books are brand-new (e.g., Dan Pontefract´s) or haven’t even been published yet (as in the case of Emily Esfahani Smith´s, a fellow Penn Mappster), some have been published over the last two years (e.g., Aaron Hurst´s book), some are a bit older (e.g., Rick Warren´s bestseller), and with Mihály Csíkszentmihályi and Viktor Frankl I´ve also included some classics. Some books are based on solid science through and through (e.g., Vic Strecher), some are more self-help style (e.g. Marsha Beck), some are scholarly books (Dik et al.), most are clearly written for the layman.

Share and enjoy!

Positive Psychology: What would you like to read about?

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I´m not sure if this has happened before – but I feel I´m in a kind of “creative slump” these days. I want to write but all the exciting ideas are evading my mind.

So, I thought I´d reach out to you, cherished reader, to provide me with some input. You know that Mappalicious is mostly about translating original Positive Psychology research into a layman´s format. So here´s my question to you:

What should I write about over the next weeks? Are there any (special) topics in Positive Psychology and adjacent that would like to know more about? Anything, that has not been covered enough over the past three years?

I´d love to see your input. Please leave your suggestions in the comment section.

Thank you!