Positive Psychology

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    Find out what happens when happiness experts Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan act as guinea pigs in their own goal-setting experiment.
  • Making Motivation Work

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    Acclaimed author and researcher Barry Schwartz explains why flawed thinking may be the problem behind our lack of motivation.
  • Don't Forget to Smile


    Smiles are universally human; they are built right into our DNA. Check out this charming video from happiness expert Tal Ben-Shahar and our partners...
  • Find the Sacred in Everyday Life

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    In our fast-paced and commodified world, our overwhelming busyness and attachment to technology only serves to alienate us further. Could finding a...
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    For those passionate about psychology, education and innovation, we present IPEN's list of the best books of 2014.
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Have a Little Faith to Find Happiness


Faith and positive psychology intersect when it comes to concepts such as gratitude, kindness, forgiveness and mindfulness.
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Two Books Teach Teens to Be Happier, More Resilient


Two recent workbooks make positive psychology accessible for teens--perhaps the people who need it most.
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Advancing Global Happiness in Dubai


The fifth annual World Government Summit in Dubai brought together leaders and academics to discuss the importance and implementation of global...
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The Pilgrim's Progress


On a pilgrimage road, Camino de Santiago, positive psychology provides the ballast to an arduous journey.
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13 Easy Ways to Boost Your Well-Being


Positive psychology offers a range of tools to help cope with difficult emotions, from exercise and sleep to gratitude and maintaining close...
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12 Best Books for Your Positive Psychology Reading List


Read these 12 top positive psychology books to get a near-complete understanding of this fascinating field.
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We're Better Together


In his new book, Big Potential, Shawn Achor explains why the pursuit of happiness should not be done solo.
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Which Kind of Goal Setter Are You?

Positive Psychology

Find out what happens when happiness experts Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan act as guinea pigs in their own goal-setting experiment.
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12 Top Positive Psychology Courses You Can Take Online

Positive Psychology

Learn about the science of happiness from top scholars by taking one of these online courses.
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5 Ways to Flourish

Positive Psychology

Incorporate these five pillars of happiness into your life to truly flourish.


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