Positive Psychology News Digest on Mappalicious | No. 49/2016

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

Greater Good Science Center: Is Your Empathy Determined by Your Genes? by Summer Allen


Psychology Today: The Happy Brain by Mark Banschick


Wall Street Journal: The perils of empathy by Paul Bloom


New York Times: How to Choose Happiness by Marie Kondo


Redlands Daily Facts: President Obama — our positive psychologist-in-chief: Guest commentary by Sonja Lyubomirsky


Gallup: What Strengths Tell Us About Men and Women by Jane Miller and Amy Adkins


Creativity Post: 3 Foolproof Ways to Prevent Work Burnout, Backed by Science by Emma Seppälä


Greater Good Science Center: Would the World Be Better Off without Empathy? by Jill Suttie


USA Today: Key to money happiness may be in how you spend it by Russ Wiles


Positive.News: Why now is the time for serious optimism by Seán Dagan Wood


Atlantic: Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self by Ed Yong


Heleo: Beyond Grit: The Science of Creativity, Purpose, and Motivation (feat. Angela Duckworth & Adam Grant), no author

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Positive Psychology News Digest on Mappalicious | No. 39/2016

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

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

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Positive Psychology News Digest on Mappalicious | No. 26/2016

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

Wall Street Journal: Why Doing Nothing Is So Scary–and So Important by Samantha Boardman


BPS Research Digest: What makes our work meaningful? Do bosses really make it meaningless? by Alex Fradera


Harvard Business Review: Stop Making Gratitude All About You by Heidi Grant Halvorson


London Entrepreneurship Review: Sisu – The Hidden Driver of An Entrepreneur by Terence Mauri


Guardian: Referendums are supposed to make people happy. Why are even leave voters upset? by Anna Petherick


Psychology Today: What Would Democratic Socialism Mean for America? by Benjamin Radcliff


Atlantic: Why Managers Are So Bad at Recognizing Good Ideas by Rebecca Rosen


NPR: Personality Can Change Over A Lifetime, And Usually For The Better by Christopher Soto


Greater Good Science Center: How Music Bonds Us Together by Jill Suttie


Psychology Today: The Making of a Mindful Leader by Ray Williams

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Positive Psychology News Digest on Mappalicious | No. 23/2016

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

Sloan Management Review: What Makes Work Meaningful — Or Meaningless by Catherine Bailey & Adrian Madden


Bakadesuyo: FOMO: This Is The Best Way To Overcome Fear Of Missing Out by Eric Barker


Harvard Business Review: How leaders can let go without losing control by Mark Bonchek


New York Times: Graduating and Looking for Your Passion? Just Be Patient by Angela Duckworth


New York Times: Unless You’re Oprah, ‘Be Yourself’ Is Terrible Advice by Adam Grant


Fast Company: Poverty can alter your DNA so you’re at greater risk for depression by Jessica Leber


New York Magazine: To Get Happier, Focus on What Makes You Miserable by David Marchese


Fast Company: Resilient teams can deal with challenges because they have built these skills by Gwen Moran


Harvard Business Review: Why Rich People Aren’t as Happy as They Could Be by Raj Raghunathan


New York Times: Using Meditation to Help Close the Achievement Gap by Norman Rosenthal


Psychology Today: In Defense of Authenticity and Being Yourself by Mark White


APA Excellence: Workplace Well-being Linked to Senior Leadership Support, New Survey Finds, no author


Psychological Science: Genetic Variations Linked with Social and Economic Success, no author

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Angela Duckworth and Adam Grant in the New York Times

Nico Rose - Angela Duckworth - Adam GrantTwo of my academic heroes have published pieces in the New York Times recently.

Angela Duckworth writes about cultivating, rather than discovering our passion and the corresponding career paths. The key takeaways:

Move toward what interests you

Don’t panic if you can’t think of a career path that’s a perfect fit. A good-enough fit is a more reasonable aim than a perfect one.

Seek purpose

People are hard-wired not only to gratify their personal desires but also to care for others. So ask, “In what way do I wish the world were different? What problem can I help solve?” 

Finish strong

When considering a career change…

Work as hard on your last day as on your first. No matter where you go next, you have an opportunity to make the most of where you are now.

Adam Grant writes about how the concept of authenticity might be misleading in the world of business. He proposes to strive for sincerity instead. The key takeaway:

Instead of searching for our inner selves and then making a concerted effort to express them, start with your outer self. Pay attention to how you present ourselves to others, and then strive to be the person you claim to be.

Positive Psychology News Digest on Mappalicious | No. 19/2016

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

Guardian: Is grit the true secret of success? by Paula Cocozza


Quartz: The key to happiness at work isn’t money–it’s autonomy by Bell Beth Cooper


New York Magazine: Don’t Believe the Hype About Grit, Pleads the Scientist Behind the Concept by Melissa Dahl


NPR: How To Teach Children That Failure Is The Secret To Success by Tara Haelle


Scientific American: Review of ‘Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance’ by Scott Barry Kaufman


Greater Good Science Center: Why Do We Feel Awe? by Dacher Keltner


Atlantic: Self-esteem doesn’t work. Try self-compassion instead by Olga Khazan


Greater Good Science Center: Happy People Don´€™t Need to Feel Superior by Kira M. Newman


The Positive Organization: Adaptive Confidence by Robert Quinn


New York Magazine: You Could Probably Lift a Car, If You Really Needed To by Cari Romm


Harvard Business Review: Creative Job Titles Can Energize Workers, no author, yet feat. Adam Grant

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Finally, it´s here: Adam Grant´s TED talk on Creativity and Innovation

How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant (here´s an interview he recently gave for Mappalicious…) studies “originals”: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. “The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” Grant says. “You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.”

While this is Adam´s first TED talk, he´s given two TEDx talks in the past:

Share and enjoy!

Positive Psychology News Digest | January – March (+130 Articles)

Mappalicious_Wordle_Q1_16Just in case you´ve missed some of my weekly updates – here are all the featured Positive Psychology-related articles from January to March 2016:

Time: The Most Inspiring Way to Be Happier and More Motivated by Eric Barker


New York Times: Don’t Grade Schools on Grit by Angela Duckworth


Harvard Business Review: 28 Years of Stock Market Data Shows a Link Between Employee Satisfaction and Long-Term Value by Alex Edmans


Tech.co: Study Finds Inner Kindness Is the Key to Success, Happiness by Cameron Glover (feat. Emma Seppälä)


Psychology Today: Why Is Happiness Fleeting? by Itai Ivtzan


The Atlantic: One Simple Phrase That Turns Anxiety Into Success by Olga Khazan


The Telegraph: Mental illness mostly caused by life events not genetics, argue psychologists by Sarah Knapton


The Guardian: Three things you think will make you happier at work (but won’t) by Charlotte Seager


TLNT: Is A Happy Workplace One Of Your Core Values? by Ron Thomas


Fast Company: How To Design Happiness: Experts from Lippincott, Disney, and SoulCycle weigh in on how they craft happy experiences by Mark Wilson


Greater Good Science Center: How Happy Brains Respond to Negative Things by Summer Allen & Jeremy Adam Smith


Fortune: The Massive Difference between Negative and Positive Leadership by Bill George


Washington Post: Why smart people are better off with fewer friends by Christopher Ingraham


Psychology Today: Where does the Word “Mindfulness” come from? by Tim Lomas


Philly.com: Swarthmore colleagues, students choose to honor an expert (Barry Schwartz) on choices by Justine McDaniel


Greater Good Science Center: Why Does Happiness Inequality Matter? by Kira Newman


Huffington Post UK: World Happiness Report 2016 Update – Five Key Implications for Education by Frederika Roberts


Forbes: How To Be A Happier Human Being Even When You’re Failing by Brett Steenbarger


Time/Money: Watching cat videos at work could make you more productive by Martha White


Huffington Post: Why Governments Should Stay Out of the Happiness Business by Ruth Wippman


Greater Good Science Center: You Will Never Find Work-Life Balance by Christine Carter


New York Times: Denmark Ranks as Happiest Country; Burundi, Not So Much by Sewell Chan


Fulfillment Daily: Happiness at Work: Get a Big Boost from Small Frequent Pleasures by Ron Friedman


Psychology Today: How Can Positive Psychology Be More Open to the Negative? by Todd Kashdan


Psychology Today : Expectations, Dopamine and Louis CK by Alex Korb


Quartz: This four-letter word is the Swedish key to happiness at work by Anne Quito


Huffington Post (Education): Why Being Tired of Grit is Tiresome by Stuart Rhoden


Chicago Tribune: Stanford psychologist tells us how to fight workplace burnout by Nara Schoenberg


Intelligent HQ: Why is Positive Psychology So Misunderstood? by Ana Teresa Silva


New York Times: Rethinking the Work-Life Equation by Susan Dominus


Inc: 7 things remarkably happy people do every single day by Peter Economy


Slate: A whole field of psychology research may be bunk by Daniel Engber


Brookings: Some good news for International Women’s Day: Women are (usually) happier than men by Carol Graham


Harvard Business Review: How to practice mindfulness throughout your workday by Rasmus Hougaard & Jacqueline Carter


Psychology Today: Positive Psychology: What Does “Positive” Mean? by Itai Ivtzan


Rewire Happiness: Transformative Technologies and Their Impact on Well-Being by Sophie Janicke


NPR: Is ‘Grit’ Doomed To Be The New Self-Esteem? by Anya Kamenetz


Washington Post: The worst kind of boss is not the one who’s always a jerk by Jena McGregor


Irish Times: Can you teach wellbeing? Martin Seligman thinks so by Ronan McGreevy


The Psych Report: The Paradoxes of Creativity: Sensitive Rockers, Mindful Daydreamers, and Celebrated Outcasts by Evan Nesterak


New York Times (Well): Why Doctors Care About Happiness by Danielle Ofri


Evening Standard: Older people are ‘happier in their late 60s’ by Hannah Al-Othman


PsyBlog: How To Naturally Boost The Brain Chemicals Sapped By Depression by Jeremy Dean


Quartz: Neuroscience says these five rituals will help your brain stay in peak condition by Vivian Giang


Positive Psychology News Daily: Workplace Positivity? What’s the Right Amount? And Why? by Donna Hemmert


Inc: Want to Be Truly Happy? Harvard Researchers Say This Is the One Thing You Need by Bill Murphy Jr.


Wharton Knowledge: The New Success Track: Happiness by Emma Seppälä


Huffington Post UK: It is Time to Embrace Stress as a Mental Wellbeing Issue by Simon Stevens


Greater Good Science Center: How Nature Can Make You Kinder, Happier, and More Creative by Jill Suttie


Fast Company: 7 ways turn your current job into your dream Job by Stephanie Vozza


New York Times: Testing for Joy and Grit? Schools Nationwide Push to Measure Students’ Emotional Skills by Kate Zernike


Washington Post: We all know exercise makes you live longer. But this will actually get you off the Couch by David Brown


Harvard Business Review: How to Build a Culture of Originality by Adam Grant


Psychology Today: Second Wave Positive Psychology: An Introduction by Tim Lomas


Think Advisor: Advisors in Pursuit of Happiness by Olivia Mellan


Psychology Today: Being Positive: It’s Not Mindfulness, It’s Savoring by Ryan Niemiec


Psychology Today: 4 Science-Backed Tips For Achieving Your Dreams by Emma Seppälä


Psychology Today: The Hard Data on Self-Love and Why It Leads to Success by Emma Seppälä


MIT Technology Review: First Evidence for the Happiness Paradox: That Your Friends Are Happier than You Are, no author


Inc: 11 Signs You Have the Grit You Need to Succeed by Travis Bradberry


Forbes: The Surprising Power Of Appreciation At Work by Chris Cancialosi


Greater Good Science Center: Can Helping Others Help You Find Meaning in Life? by Elizabeth Hopper


New Yorker: How People Learn to Become Resilient by Maria Konnikova


Wall Street Journal: ‘Resilience’ skills help you remain positive and productive under stress by Laura Landro


Forbes: Amy Cuddy: How Leaders Can Be More Present In The Workplace by Dan Schawbel


Boston Globe: How nice bosses get ahead by Emma Seppälä


Washington Post: What people around the world mean when they say they’re happy by Ana Swanson


Psychology Today: Re-setting Your Happiness Set Point Part 1 | Part 2 by Linda and Charlie Bloom


Talent Management: 6 Resolutions for Career Happiness in 2016 by Dan Bowling


PsyBlog: 33 Surprisingly Simple Things That Make People Happiest by Jeremy Dean


NBC News: United Arab Emirates Names Official ‘Minister for Happiness’ by Alex Johnson


Scientific American: How to Be an Optimal Human by Scott Barry Kaufman


Scientific American Mind: Can Positive Thinking Be Negative? by Scott Lilienfeld


The Guardian: Banish those midlife blues – the secret to happiness starts with one small step by Tracy McVeigh


Washington Post: The end of college rankings as we know them by Jeffrey Selingo


Washington Post: A Stanford psychologist explains why spacing out and goofing off is so good for you by Emma Seppälä


Penn Current: Penn professor explores what it means to be positive by Michele Berger


Financial Times: Companies with a purpose beyond profit tend to make more money by Simon Caulkin


Greater Good Science Center: Five Ways to Put Self-Compassion into Therapy by Tim Desmond


Gizmodo: English is Surprisingly Devoid of Emotionally Positive Words by George Dvorsky


New York Times: How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off by Adam Grant


Psychology Today: Is It a Good Idea To Build on Signature Strengths? by Todd Kashdan


Scientific American: The Differences Between Happiness and Meaning in Life by Scott Barry Kaufman


Psychology Today: Can You Help Others Find Meaning In Their Work? by Michelle McQuaid


Cosmopolitan: 12 Ways to Feel Happier at Work – Yes, even at the job you hate by Judith Ohikuare


Psychology Today: The Surprising Link Between Compassion and Success by Emma Seppälä


Forbes: How To Light The Fire When You’re Burned Out by Brett Steenbarger


New York Times: You Are Stronger Than You (and Your Therapist) Think by Michael Bennett


Scientific American: The Science of Healing Thoughts by Gareth Cook


The Guardian: Is mindfulness making us ill? by Dawn Foster


Penn Current: Q&A with Scott Barry Kaufman by Lauren Hertzler


Stanford GSB: Should Employees Design Their Own Jobs? by Louise Lee


Fast Company: It takes more than just being a good person yourself to inspire ethical conduct in employees by David Mayer


Knowledge@Wharton: Why Compassion Serves You Better Than Self-interest by Emma Seppälä


Fast Company: The Surprising Link Between Compassion And Success by Emma Seppälä


Forbes: One Powerful Step That Can Turn Around Your Trading Psychology by Brett Steenbarger


Greater Good Science Center: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Kinder by Jill Suttie


Quartz: The Stanford professor who pioneered praising kids for effort says we’ve totally missed the point by Jenny Anderson


Harvard Business Review: Manage your Emotional Culture by Sigal Barsade & Olivia O’Neill


Harvard Business Review: We Learn More When We Learn Together by Jane Dutton & Emily Heaphy


New York Times: Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate by Adam Grant


Fulfillment Daily: The Surprising Benefit Of Going Through Hard Times by Carolyn Gregoire


PositiveSharing.com: The 5 most important findings from the science of happiness that apply at work by Alexander Kjerulf


Forbes: Mapping World Happiness And Conflict Through Global News And Image Mining by Kalev Leetaru


Psychology Today: The One Thing To Know About Happiness by Andrea Polard


Psychology Today: 6 Surefire Ways To Increase Your Charisma – Backed by Science by Emma Seppälä


New York Times: Having Friends Is Good for You, Starting in Your Teens by Nicholas Bakalar


Quartz: In our pursuit of happiness, Americans are losing sight of what actually makes us happy by Geoff Chang


Forbes: How To Bring Presence To Your Biggest Challenges by Paula Davis-Laack


Harvard Business Review: Income Inequality Makes Whole Countries Less Happy by Jan-Emmanuel De Neve &  Powdthavee Nattavudh


BPS Research Digest: Follow your heart – Having an unanswered calling in life is worse than having no calling at all by Alex Fradera


New York Magazine: How Expressing Gratitude Might Change Your Brain by Christian Jarrett


Washington Post: Your relationships are just as important to your health as diet and exercise by Elahe Izadi


Huffington Post: The science of happiness: Everything you need to know about the feeling we all crave by Jason March et al.


New York Times: ‘Design Thinking’ for a Better You by Tara Parker-Pope


Fast Company: Countries Do Get Happier When They Get Richer–But Only If They Share The Wealth by Ben Schiller


Wall Street Journal: Latest Game Theory: Mixing Work and Play by Rachel Emma Silverman


Greater Good Science Center: How Humility Will Make You the Greatest Person Ever by Vicki Zakrzewski


Science Daily: Brain can be trained to regulate negative emotions, study shows, no author


New York Magazine: 3 Insights From a New Book About Creativity by Melissa Dahl


Psychology Today: 10 Questions to Help You Reflect on 2015 by Paula Davis-Laack


Harvard Business Review: Strengths-Based Coaching Can Actually Weaken You by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic


New York Times: How to Cultivate the Art of Serendipity by Pagan Kennedy


Business Insider: A Harvard psychiatrist says 3 things are the secret to real happiness by Tanya Lewis


Greater Good Science Center: To Change Yourself, Change Your World by Kira Newman


Psychology Today: 3 Things Extraordinary Leaders Do by Emma Seppälä


Fulfillment Daily: The Joy of Imperfection: How Not to Drive Yourself and Others Nuts in 2016 by Mona Shah Joshi


Positive Psychology News Daily: Instead of a Resolution, Try a New Year Routine by Jan Stanley


Forbes: The Positive Psychology Of Job Interviewing by Brett Steenbarger

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3 “Original” Questions for Wharton´s Adam Grant

Adam Grant is a professor at Wharton Business School and also teaches in the Master of Positive Psychology program at Penn. His new book Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World has recently been published. It´s about creativity and how we all can bring daring ideas to life.

 

Adam_Grant_Quote_1Adam, you’re a scientist. According to philosopher Thomas Kuhn’s theory of paradigm shifts it’s particularly tough to be original in this domain because your own community might be incentivized to hold bold ideas down. What’s your (give and) take on this?

When I first read Kuhn as a freshman in college, I was stunned by his argument that major scientific advances don’t take hold until a generation of old scientists clinging to old theories literally dies out. At the time, I believed him, but now I think he was only partially right. In many scientific fields, it’s extremely difficult to publish work that doesn’t challenge the status quo. We want to discover new knowledge, not replicate existing knowledge. There may be a small group of gatekeepers who are invested in their pet theories, but the larger scientific community favors fresh insights. Why, then, do so many scientists face opposition to their oppositional ideas? Building on what I wrote in chapter 2 of Originals, my bet is that it’s less about incentives and more about cognitive entrenchment: scientists become so convinced of prevailing theories that they literally have a hard time seeing alternative possibilities. Look at Einstein: after ushering in his revolutionary ideas about relativity, he resisted the quantum revolution in physics. “To punish me for my contempt for authority,” Einstein reflected, “fate made me an authority myself.”

Adam Grant - OriginalsCultures may vary significantly as to the extent they value non-conformism and standing out. I´m German – we´re a decidedly Western society but still, I feel, the general public adheres to “being sensible and staying with the flock”. What´s your advice here for the “dreamers and the doers”?

The more a culture values conformity, the more important it becomes to master the art of tempered radicalism.

First, make your unfamiliar ideas more familiar by connecting them to things that people already understand – like pitching The Lion King as “Hamlet with lions” or Warby Parker as “We’re going to do for glasses what Zappos did for shoes.”
Second, instead of trying to convince other people to change their values, show them how your idea appeals to values they already hold.
Third, reframe following you as an act of conformity by leveraging the power of social proof: show them that other people like them are already on board with your idea.
And fourth, don’t forget that there’s often more variance within cultures as between them. Find the bright spots, as Chip and Dan Heath say in Switch.  Then, to borrow a term from Jane Dutton, build a micro-community of people who embrace originality.

Adam Grant - QuoteFrom the author´s perspective: What´s the most original chapter in “Originals” – and why?

In form, I think chapter 3 is the most original. I had great fun building in a surprise that I will not spoil here. In content, I’d say the most contrarian ideas are in chapter 5, where I argue that common goals drive groups apart instead of binding them together (this helps to explain why vegans hate vegetarians even more than they dislike meat eaters) and revealing your purpose can make you less persuasive (this is why Elon Musk didn’t start SpaceX by telling people he wanted to go to Mars).

 

Thanks a lot, Adam – and best of luck with your new book!

Positive Psychology News Digest on Mappalicious | No. 8/16

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

Washington Post: We all know exercise makes you live longer. But this will actually get you off the Couch by David Brown


Harvard Business Review: How to Build a Culture of Originality by Adam Grant


Psychology Today: Second Wave Positive Psychology: An Introduction by Tim Lomas


Think Advisor: Advisors in Pursuit of Happiness by Olivia Mellan


Psychology Today: Being Positive: It’s Not Mindfulness, It’s Savoring by Ryan Niemiec


Psychology Today: 4 Science-Backed Tips For Achieving Your Dreams by Emma Seppälä


Psychology Today: The Hard Data on Self-Love and Why It Leads to Success by Emma Seppälä


MIT Technology Review: First Evidence for the Happiness Paradox: That Your Friends Are Happier than You Are, no author


Job Offer: Senior Lecturer in Coaching and Positive Psychology – University of East London

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