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How Mindfulness Grows Emotional Intelligence (+3 Ways to Cultivate Both)

One cannot be emotionally intelligent without mindfulness of one's emotions. Without consistent emotional intelligence, happiness is a mirage in the desert, seen but never reached. Like many skillsets, emotional intelligence (EI) can be cultivated. In the same way that intellectual intelligence is manifested through reading and learning, emotional intelligence can be […]

Decision-Making, Goal-Setting and Perfectionism

Decision-making can be just plain hard. We often we ourselves to be perfect, which makes realistic goals seem too low of a bar rather than a great place to begin. “A nice way we can look at decision-making is seeing it as a banquet. We have a large table in […]

10 Must-Watch TED Talks on Positive Emotions

TedTalks on Mindfulness

Barbara Fredrickson (2009), the researcher who developed the Broaden-and-Build Theory, introduced us to the idea that as we experience more positive emotions, we travel in an upward spiral where happiness and well-being can become a reality. Fredrickson's research on the dynamics and benefits of positive emotions focuses primarily on the 10 […]

Social Comparison: An Unavoidable Upward Or Downward Spiral

Social Comparison is a well-established topic in psychology literature, where its positive and negative aspects have been widely debated. But do we really need to compare ourselves to others, and will the practice help us in the long term?  Comparing ourselves to others is one of the many ways we […]

Seeking Positive Well-Being: Accepting Impermanence

Impermenance

Moments come and go. Days pass by, turning into weeks, then months, then years. You and the life you lead are constantly changing. Nothing is permanent. It is beneficial to remind yourself of this as you confront adversity and as negative emotions become overwhelming. At some point, nearly all of us […]

Forgiveness: The Key To a Happier Future

Forgiveness

"Forgiveness undoes our own hatred and frees us from a troubled past."- Christopher Peterson People often link forgiveness with reconciliation, according to the definition, forgiveness does not always include reconciliation or even interaction with the perpetrator. Forgiveness is defined as "a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance […]

Positive Organizational Scholarship: The Key to a Positive Workplace

positive organizational scholarship

Organizations are always seeking to increase employee output. But the growing prevalence of workplace stress, burnout, and other work-related maladies shows that maximizing performance can come at a price. Positive psychology can offer a wealth of solutions to our modern work-related challenges, especially when it comes to balancing performance with […]

Seligman’s Response to Shaw’s ‘The Psychologists Take Power’

Martin Seligman

Martin Seligman submitted his response to a Feb. 25, 2016, article published in the New York Review of Books: In her defamatory article, "The Psychologists Take Power," Tamsin Shaw seeks to portray me as aiding and abetting torture. I strongly disapprove of torture and I have never and would never aid, abet, […]

The Great Positive Psychology Conspiracy: A Response to Shaw

The great Positive Psychology conspiracy

In 1789 the French physician Joseph-Ignace Guillotin famously opposed the death penalty citing the brutal and often botched methods of execution of his day. Guillotin asked for a more humane approach, with the long-term hope of abolishing the death penalty. Just imagine his horror at the onset of the French Revolution, […]