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. 24/2016

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

Wall Street Journal: Steps to turn off the nagging self-doubt in your head by Elizabeth Bernstein


PsyBlog: 4 Personality Traits That Affect How Long You Will Live by Jeremy Dean


Psychology Today: How Trauma Can Lead to Positive Change by Susanna Halonen


ERE Media: Building A Positive Culture In An Atmosphere of Fear by Derek Irvine


Psychology Today: Can Too Much Meaning at Work Be Harmful? by Michelle McQuaid


Inc: This is the Secret Sauce for Happy Employees by Shawn Murphy


The Positive Organization: On Being Other-Focused by Robert Quinn


The Positive Organization: The Power of Authenticity by Robert Quinn


Atlantic: How Kids Learn Resilience by Paul Tough


Harvard Business Review: Lessons from Companies That Put Purpose Ahead of Short-Term Profits by Andrew White

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Positive Psychology News Digest on Mappalicious | No. 7/16

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

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


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Positive Psychology News Digest on Mappalicious | No. 2/16

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

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

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How can the Apple Watch be a true Piece of Positive Technology?

The internet is going mad about the soon-to-come launch of the Apple Watch. After checking out what it actually can do. some people think it´s a useless marketing fad, other feel it´s the best thing since sliced bread. Via Twitter, Wall Street Journal writer Geoffrey Fowler asked:

For me, the true challenge would be turning it into a piece of positive technology. Here are my three ideas:

  1. As far as I know, the Apple Watch can check my pulse. Then a fine-tuned app could very well detect irregular patterns or longer breaks to a pretty high degree of certainty. As such, it could possibly detect symptoms of an impending cardiac arrest – and then send a emergency SMS using GPS data.
  2. As far as I know, the Apple Watch can record my speech (the iPhone can). As such, it could be used to prevent depression. There is some evidence that usage of certain words, but also certain speech characteristics (e.g., prosody) are predictive of depressive symptoms. If a person is prone to this kind of disorder, a speech recorder could automatically capture sound bites at random intervals over the day. If the elements of “depressive speech” increase over several days based on appropriate algorithms, the Apple Watch could notify the owner – or his/her doctor.
  3. As far as I know, the Apple Watch can mow my lawn. Oh wait, it can´t? Well…

What are your ideas?