Positive Psychology News Digest | No. 18/2017

My favorite news and blog articles covering Positive Psychology and adjacent Topics from (roughly) the last seven days.

Positive Psychology News Digest

Inc: How to Gain Strength From Your Darkest Moments (Interview with Adam Grant) by Leigh Buchanan

Inc: Pay Attention to These Surprising 6 Red Flags to Burnout. You May Be Closer Than You Think by Laura Garnett

Psychology Today: Are We Evolved for Happiness? by Glenn Geher

Psychology Today: The Problem with Measuring Happiness by Todd Kashdan

Atlantic: Why Do Americans Smile So Much by Olga Khazan

The Age: Debate on future of work needs a Focus by Alex Lavelle

Atlantic: Play Power: How to Turn Around Our Creativity Crisis by Laura Sergeant Richardson

New York Magazine: Thinking of Your Job As a Calling Isn’t Always a Good Thing by Cari Romm

New York Magazine: To Get Better at Reading People’s Feelings, Pay Attention to Your Own Body by Cari Romm

Heleo: See More, Judge Less: A Mindful Approach to Success, no author

Positive Psychology News Digest | No. 16/2017

My favorite news and blog articles covering Positive Psychology and adjacent Topics from (roughly) the last seven days.

Positive Psychology News Digest

Quartz: The world’s largest assessment of teenage students suggests happiness is crucial to learning by Jenny Anderson

Greater Good Science Center: Confessions of a Bad Meditator by Christine Carter

Quartz: Silicon Valley executives are hiring philosophers to teach them to question everything by Michael Coren

Psychology Today: Are You the Pursuer or the Distancer in Your Relationship? by Lisa Firestone

Washington Post: Introverts tend to be better CEOs — and other surprising traits of top-performing executives by Jena McGregor

Huffington Post: You Don’t Need Good Grades To Get An A+ In Resilience by Bowman Nixon

Psychology Today: Why Speaking Less is the Secret to Powerful Communication by Emma Seppälä

Psychology Today: 7 Must-Read Books to Change Your Life This Summer by Emma Seppälä

Quartz: Our need to feel special is making us lonely by Emma Seppälä & Peter Sims

Quartz: What is the evolutionary purpose of happiness? by Oliver Staley

BBC: Prince William says keeping a stiff upper lip can damage health, no author

Biophilia: If you feel Blue, touch Green!

PP_Pioneer_AwardOne of the speakers at this year´s MAPP Summit has been Charlie Scudamore. He´s Vice Principal of Geelong Grammar School (GGS) in Australia. For several years now, this school has implemented the principles of Positive Psychology in its curriculum, or, for that matter, in the way the school managed on the general level. Therefore, Martin Seligman awarded Charlie with the ‘Pioneer Award’ for the application of Positive Psychology – he is now considered as one of the founding fathers of Positive Education. If you are interested in the way that Positive Psychology is implemented at GGS please click here.

In his talk, Scudamore also touched the aspect of Biophilia. The ‘Biophilia Hypothesis’ draws on evolutionary psychology to support the idea that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. By way of example, there´s considerable evidence that spending time in the woods, or just adding plants to a room, can have a mood-boosting effect and alleviate depressive symptoms. That´s why spending time outside, especially in the ‘wilderness’, plays an important part at GGS. Charlie´s summary of this issue: “If you feel blue, touch green!”