Developing Character Strengths on the Dance Floor

My experience as a dance teacher has shown that our bodies may influence mental processes more than we might initially think. "I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what is too deep for words." —Ruth St. Dennis We generally think of our thoughts and feelings as […]

Sisu: How Finnish Determination Can Teach Us to Persevere (+3 Tips)

The Soviet Union attacked Finland on November 30, 1939. It was a violent attack, with some 350 bombs dropping from Soviet planes over Helsinki. By March 1940, the Soviet Union signed a peace treaty.  How was it that one of the greatest superpowers in the world signed a peace treaty with […]

KIPP: Positive Education in Action

Founded in 1994 by Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, The Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) is a network of 183 public charter schools. Based across the United States, KIPP aims to help “students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character, and habits needed to succeed in college and the […]

What is Emotional Health and What it is Not

Emotions can be wonderful, joyous expressions. However, they can also be detrimental to our health and well-being.  The big questions when it comes to emotions are, why are they sometimes very difficult to control and, how can we learn to foster emotions in a skilled and healthy manner? To answer […]

Subjective Well-Being: Your Life, Your Happiness

subjective well-being

Asking the question, "Am I living a fulfilling life?" is an essential part of being human. The answer to the age-old question is based on one's subjective well-being (SWB), which is completely particular to the individual in question. There are no set guidelines for how to develop a higher level […]

The Power Triangle Of Buddhism, Yoga And Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness, an important aspect of positive psychology, was originally introduced by the ancient teachings of the Buddha. In Buddhism, mindfulness is cultivated through meditation. In modern times, other forms of mindfulness have taken hold. For example, the Hindu tradition of yoga has gained traction as a mindfulness practice that also can […]

On the Meaning of Meaning: What Are We Really Looking For?

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If you have ever wondered about meaning, you are not alone in that quest for answers.  "The question of meaning is not really one question but actually represents a cipher for a vast number of further questions. And it is by no means obvious whether these questions are answerable at […]

Positive Leadership: How to be an Authentic Leader

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According to Jensen and Luthans (2006), an employee’s perception of authentic leadership is the strongest single predictor of job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and workplace happiness. While there is no single personality trait or attitude that constitutes an "authentic leader," a couple of key traits can help us identify them.  Within […]

Happiness & Well-Being Coaching with PERMA

Life coach using PERMA Model

In coaching settings, it can be extremely helpful to work from a theoretical framework or model. These can be used to guide clients through their thought-process and explore the various aspects of the model. These models can also change how coaches relate to the client’s experience, which leads to deeper […]

Carol Dweck: The Woman Behind The Motivational Mindset Breakthrough

Carol Dweck and talks on mindset

What is the determining factor that leads people to become successful? Is it merely hard work or is it being intellectually superior or talented in certain areas? According to the world-renowned author and professor Carol Dweck, it has more to do with an individual’s mindset or beliefs about themselves, rather […]