The Loneliness of the Long Distance Speaker…

Truth be told: The (almost…) sole purpose of this post is to share this really awesome photo with you.

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It was taken by photographer Benedikt Weiss during my opening keynote on Positive Psychology at the HR Inside Summit 2016 in Vienna three weeks ago. The keynote took place in the beautiful and most stunning Hofburg Palace and was, at the same time, one of the largest crowds I´ve spoken to so far.

The setting was somewhat of a challenge. As you can see, the lights on stage were really bright, whereas the audience was pretty dark. Additionally, there was this gap of at least 25 feet between the first row of people and me – which basically meant I couldn’t discern a single face in the crowd. This was somewhat discomforting since – as most speakers do – I tend to frequently scan the crowd for friendly-looking faces, people who nod, or smile at me. Not a chance in this case – but I guess I did a good job anyway.

Still, if you´re presenting to larger crowds, I´d love to hear your speaking hacks on how to get ongoing feedback from the audience when you basically cannot see anyone…

Positive Psychology News Digest on Mappalicious | No. 43/2016

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

New York Magazine: 3 Ways to Get Over ‘Status Quo Bias’ at Work by Drake Baer


Forbes: The Psychology Of Professional Purpose: How To Follow Your Calling by Caroline Beaton


Psychology Today: The Happiness Myth: Why the pursuit of Happiness will make you miserable by Atalanta Beaumont


Atlantic: How to Build a Happier Brain by Julie Beck


Guardian: Want to ‘train your brain’? Forget apps, learn a musical Instrument by Mo Costandi


New York Magazine: By the Way, You Don’t Have to Stop Power Posing by Melissa Dahl


Psychology Today: 3 Fascinating Discoveries About Laughter by Todd Kashdan


Quartz: Scientists explain how happiness makes us less creative by Ephrat Livni


Quartz: Google’s former happiness guru developed a three-second brain exercise for finding joy by Lila MacLellan


The Positive Organization: The Choice to be Transformational by Robert Quinn


New York Magazine: Want to Make Better Decisions? Try ‘Temptation Bundling’ by Jesse Singal


Pursuit (University of Melbourne): Positive Psychology much more than Happyology by Katerine Smith (Interview with my MAPP Capstone advisor Peggy Kern)

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Want to study Positive Psychology at Penn? This way please…

Martin Seligman & Nico RoseI spent the last weekend in Philadelphia at the Penn MAPP Alumni Meeting 2016 and the annual MAPP Summit. It´s always a great pleasure to meet my former classmates, or to get to know the current cohort of Mappsters, or some my of my predecessors.

If you are thinking about studying Positive Psychology at Penn, I urge you to visit this website: www.pennpositivepsych.org. It contains all the information on the program, e.g., the prerequisites, the schedule, and how to apply. You will also find some alumni stories (including mine).

If you´d like to know more about the study program: There´s an information session on campus on Nov. 10 and a virtual information session on Dec. 8.

Otherwise, the entries in this blog from day one all the way up to August 2014 serve as a documentation of my year in the MAPP 9 cohort (2013/2014). You can basically follow me an look over my shoulder while working towards that photo you see on the right (graduation day with Martin Seligman).

Enjoy – and maybe, we´ll meet one day at some future MAPP summit…

Positive Psychology News Digest on Mappalicious | No. 42/2016 (Philly Edition)

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

This edition of the Positive Psychology News Digest is brought to you directly from the University of Pennsylvania. I´m attending the annual Penn MAPP Summit, listening to Martin Seligman right now as I´m typing this. Good times…

Quartz: The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ is scientifically proven to improve your health by Ephrat Livni


Quartz: Positive psychology is rooted in the radical idea that you are not a problem to fix by Tim Lomas


Guardian: Our children are paying a high price for society’s vision of success by Tim Lott


Forbes: Five Behaviors Of People Who Are Happy At Work by Rebecca Newton


GQ: The World’s Happiest Man Wishes You Wouldn’t Call Him That by Michael Paterniti


Psychology Today: The Secret to Achieving Your Dreams No One Tells You About by Emma Seppälä


Mindful.org: How to Free Yourself from Your Personal Stories by Bob Stahl & Steve Flowers


Greater Good Science Center: People Who Trust Technology Are Happier by Deborah Yip


Heleo: Nir Eyal and Monica Worline on Why Cultivating Compassion is Crucial for Success in Business, no author


Science Daily: In the workplace, incivility begets incivility, new study shows, no author

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Positive Psychology News Digest on Mappalicious | No. 41/2016

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

BBC: School league tables ‘should show well-being’ by Sean Coughlin


New York Magazine: A Little Loneliness Can Be a Very Good Thing by Melissa Dahl


Psychology Today: Stoic Truths for a Digital World by John Sean Doyle


The Conversation: Can money buy you happiness? It’s complicated by Cathrine Jansson-Boyd


Inc: The Negative People in your Life are literally Killing you by Jessica Stillman


New York Times: The Art of Making (and Not Making) Plans by Verena von Pfetten


Fast Company: Science-Backed Ways To Build Confidence When You Feel Like You’re Out Of Your League by Stephanie Vozza


Huffington Post: In Defense of Doers by Chris White


Scientific American: Depressed? Do What You Love by Daisy Yuhas


Yahoo Finance: 99 Percent of Employees With High Well-Being and Organizational Support Say Their Employer Is a Good Place to Work, no author

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Positive Psychology News Digest | July-September 2016 (+ 130 Articles)

Time: 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience by Eric Barker


Positive Prescription: Session with Angela Duckworth by Samantha Boardman


Vice: America’s Search for Happiness Is Driving Us Crazy by Peter Moskowitz


Atlantic: Awe Isn’t Necessarily Good for You by Michelle Nijhuis


Washington Post: A Harvard psychologist explains why forcing positive thinking won’t make you happy by Neda Semnani


New York Magazine: ’Power Posing’ Co-author: ‘I Do Not Believe That ‘Power Pose’ Effects Are Real’ by Jesse Singal


New York Magazine: Here is Amy Cuddy’s Response to Critiques of Her Power-Posing Research by Jesse Singal & Melissa Dahl


Phys.org: Game theory research reveals fragility of common resources by Emil Venere


Economist: Against happiness, no author


Heleo: Adam Grant and Barry Schwartz on Incentives, Motivation, and Chance, no author


NPR: Here’s How Schools Can Support Students’ Mental Health by Meg Anderson


Harvard Business Review: Why Leadership Training Fails—and What to Do About It by Michael Beer, Magnus Finnström & Derek Schrader


Psychology Today: Strengths at Work by Dan Collinson


Guardian: Do our brains have extraordinary untapped powers? by Mo Costandi


NPR: Are We Reaching The End Of The Trend For Longer, Healthier Lives? by Richard Harris


Guardian: Why being a fake is bad for you by Stephen Joseph


Good News Network: Positive Psychology Students Learn by Giving Free Hugs on Campus by McKinley Korbley


New York Times: Want to Find Fulfillment at Last? Think Like a Designer by Steven Kurutz


Huffington Post: For Business Schools, Being Good is No Longer Good Enough by Dan LeClair


Psychology Today: What Does It Take to Be Happy? by David Ludden


Strategy+Business: How Well Do You Know the Story of You? by Eric McNulty


Fulfillment Daily: Why you shouldn’t set goals for success by Ray Williams


Harvard Business Review: The More You Energize Your Coworkers, the Better Everyone Performs by Wayne Baker


Fast Company: 7 Science-Backed Steps To Take Before Quitting A Job That’s Burning You Out by Rachel Grumman Bender


Wall Street Journal: The More Cash People Have, the Happier They Are by Andrew Blackman


ERE Media: The Business Benefits Of Happy Employees by Karlyn Borysenko


Wall Street Journal: Get Your Children Good and Dirty by Brett Finlay & Marie-Claire Arrieta


New York Times: The Difference Between Rationality and Intelligence by David Hambrick & Alexander Burgoyne


Greater Good Science Center: Who Is Attracted to Inspiring Media? by Sophie Janicke


New York Times: Can You Have a Good Life if You Don’t Have a Good Job? by Michael Lind


Guardian: Could bad buildings damage your mental health? by Emily Reynolds


New York Times: Can Teenage Defiance Be Manipulated for Good? by Amanda Ripley


Fast Company: 7 Surprising Facts About Creativity, According To Science by John Paul Titlow


Huffington Post: Three ways to work better together by Chris White


Heleo: Mastering the Art of Pre-suasion with Robert Cialdini, no author


CNN: Fall in love with a job you don’t even like, in three steps by David Allan


New York Magazine: You Can Write Your Way Out of an Emotional Funk. Here’s How by Susan David


Wall Sreet Journal: Design Your Way to a Happier Life by Dave Evans & Bill Burnett


New York Times: Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness by Katie Hafner


BPS Research Digest: It’s possible to learn to be more optimistic by Christian Jarrett


Harvard Business Review: Don’t Let Power Corrupt You by Dacher Keltner


Psychology Today: Using Gratitude to Change Your Happiness Set Point by Laura Markham


The National: Can social media reveal happiness? by Christopher Pike


The Positive Organization: Purpose and Appreciation by Robert Quinn


New York Magazine: You Should Visualize Positive and Negative Outcomes More by Jesse Singal


Quartz: One Swedish town is conducting a giant social experiment to make its workers happier by Cassie Werber


Stanford GSB: Which Will Get You Further: Fitting In or Standing Out? by Eleine Zimmerman


New York Times: Making Modern Toughness by David Brooks


New York Magazine: How to Motivate Your Employees: Give Them Compliments and Pizza by Melissa Dahl


Slate: Sad Face: Another classic finding in psychology—that you can smile your way to happiness—just blew up by Daniel Engber


Washington Post: Life got better for pretty much everyone under Obama by Christopher Ingraham


Psychology Today: Is Positive Psychology Burning You Out by Michelle McQuaid


New York Times: Do You Believe in God, or Is That a Software Glitch? by Kate Murphy


Guardian: Hunting for hygge, a new ingredient in Denmark’s recipe for happiness by Richard Orange


Guardian: If you want to practise mindfulness, the garden is the place to be by Tom Smart


Psychology Today: How to Spot Authenticity by Stephen Joseph


ABC Australia: Gut health, mental wellbeing and immunity linked to outdoor play by Layla Tucak


Fast Company: What Happened When I Pretended To Be Outgoing For A Week by Stephanie Vozza


New York Times: Growing Older, Getting Happier by Nicholas Bakalar


Wall Street Journal: Why You Need Negative Feelings by Elizabeth Bernstein


Washington Post: Your Instagram feed can tell us if you’re depressed, study suggest by Ariana Eunjung Cha


New York Magazine: You’re Not Supposed to Be Happy All the Time by Melissa Dahl


New York Magazine: This Study Got People to Make Huge Life Decisions by Flipping a Coin by Flipping a Coin by Melissa Dahl


Psychology Today: Crazy Busy? What Would You Pay for an Hour of Calm? by Paula Davis-Laack


Greater Good Science Center: The Power of Forgiveness at Work by Brooke Deterline


Telegraph: Say hello to hygge: The Danish secret to happiness by Maria Lally


Inc: These 5 Powerful Daily Habits Will Make You a More Positive Person by Jessica Stillman


Fast Company: The Surprising Scientific Link Between Happiness And Decision Making by Laura Vanderkam


Economist: Believing is seeing: New technologies will make society richer by cultivating trust, no author


NPR: Which Countries Are Best At Converting National Wealth Into Well-Being? by Nurith Aizenman


Forbes: 5 Strategies To Close The Confidence Gap by Paula Davis-Laack


Psychology Today: A Simple Exercise to Boost Optimism (And Improve Health) by Utpal Dholakia


Stanford Medicine: Well now: What humans need to flourish by Jennie Dusheck


Consequence of Sound: Going to concerts regularly leads to a happier life, according to a new study by Alex Galbraith


BBC: There’s no such thing as flexible work by Georgina Kenyon


New York Times: Hesitant to Make That Big Life Change? Permission Granted by Carl Richards


New York Mag: The Best Time to Do Stuff You Hate Is When You’re at Your Happiest by Cari Romm


New York Mag: To Be Happier at Work, Get a Hobby by Cari Romm


Forbes: Forget Positive Thinking: This Is How To Actually Change Negative Thoughts For Success by Melody Wilding


The Conversation: Negative reports of positive psychology show ignorance isn’t bliss by Adam Barsky & Michael Zyphur


Atlantic: Story of My Life: How Narrative Creates Personality by Julie Beck


Quartz: Psychology has identified three mindsets shared by people who actually follow through on their goals by Amanda Crowell


Wired UK: Not enjoying your job? Let the spark of passion come first by Angela Duckworth


Psychology Today: 10 discoveries about well-being that everyone must know by Todd Kashdan


Guardian: The Danish Way of Parenting review – how to raise the world’s happiest Kids by Alice O´Keeffe


Washington Post: Clinton is more optimistic than Trump. But optimism doesn’t predict winners anymore by Martin Seligman


Fulfillment Daily: Get an Edge on Your Work & Happiness with Self-Compassion by Emma Seppälä


Wall Street Journal: What do teens need most from parents for intellectual, social and emotional development? by Sue Shellenbarger


Time: Why the American Dream Is Making You Unhappy by Ruth Whippman


Huffington Post: How to motivate people? Don’t do it yourself by Chris White


New York Magazine: ‘Take a Deep Breath’ Is Advice That Works Physiologically and Psychologically by Drake Baer


Psychology Today: The Neuroprotective Powers of Exercise Should Motivate You by Christopher Bergland


Harvard Business Review: Can You Really Power an Organization with Love? by Duncan Coombe


Psychology Today: The Playful Life by Bernard De Koven


Forbes: The Joy Of Work: Menlo Innovations by Steve Denning


Psychology Today: 4 Reasons Why an Optimistic Outlook Is Good for Your Health by Utpal Dholakia


Guardian: The Happiness Industry by William Davies review – why capitalism has turned us into narcissists by Terry Eagleton


Greater Good Science Center: Is Artistic Inspiration Contagious? by Scott Barry Kaufman


Atlantic: Would you be happier with a different personality? by Scott Barry Kaufman


Fast Company: 4 Ways To Bounce Back When You’re Treated Unfairly At Work by David Mayer


Finnish News: Perceptions of Finnish Sisu – in California by Göte Nyman


New York Magazine: 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


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


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


Wall Street Journal: Why good storytellers are happier in life and in love by Elizabeth Bernstein


Psychology Today: The Perils of Pursuing Pleasure by Michael Bishop


Guardian: How to stay happy when the sky is falling in by Oliver Burkeman


CityLab: The Price of Happiness in Cities by Richard Florida


Atlantic: 7 Ways to Find Meaning at Work by Uri Friedman


Harvard Business Review: Everyone Suffers from Imposter Syndrome — Here’s How to Handle it by Andy Molinsky


Psychology Today: Why Is There Hardly Any Purpose, Trust or Joy at Work? by Dan Pontefract


Fast Company: Scientific Proof That Buying Things Can Actually Lead To Happiness (Sometimes) by Dinsa Sachan


New York Mag: Can Attachment Theory Explain All Our Relationships? by Bethany Saltman


New Yorker: A Better Kind of Happiness by Will Storr


CNBC: A psychologist says this is the formula for success by Marguerite Ward

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Positive Psychology News Digest on Mappalicious | No. 40/2016

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

New York Magazine: A Smart Sense of Humor Helps People Survive Being Alive by Drake Baer


Bakadesuyo: This Is How To Unlock Meaning In Life: 4 Proven Secrets by Eric Barker


Greater Good Science Center: How to Teach Happiness at School by Ilona Boniwell


New York Times: Teaching Your Child Emotional Agility KJ Dell’Antonia


Harvard Business Reciew: How Microsoft Uses a Growth Mindset to Develop Leaders by Carol Dweck & Kathleen Hogan


Forbes: How To Train These Six Senses Of Happiness by Jessica Hagy


Psychology Today: The Subtle but Very Real Human Costs of Reorganizations by Victor Lipman


Psychology Today: The Science of Accomplishing Your Goals by Ralph Ryback


Psychology Today: The Top 3 Insights of Highly Innovative Leaders by Emma Seppälä


Creativity Post: You Can’t Clone Talent and Wisdom by Steve Tobak


Psychology Today: How Leaders Can Bring Calm to Chaotic Organizations by Ray Williams

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