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Life After MAPP: What Do Positive Psychology Practitioners Do?

Pam Alfrey Hernandez

As a MAPPster (master of applied positive psychology), Pam Alfrey Hernandez has a lot of experience in the field of positive psychology on the scientific, theoretical, and practical side. For all of those who are considering to join a MAPP program, I decided to do a short interview with her […]

ECPP: The European Conference on Positive Psychology

European Conference on Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is growing fast as an internationally respected discipline. Encouragingly, more and more Positive Psychology Conferences are held worldwide each year as neuroscience and practice evolve. In this article, we look at one of the largest and best-known—the European Conference on Positive Psychology. This article contains: The Goals of […]

10 Psychological Predictors of Health and Happiness Across the Lifespan

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Why do people age differently? Why do some people grow better and happier with age, constantly improving like a fine Cabernet Sauvignon, while other people simply decay with age? The only way to discover the secrets of a long and happy life would be to recruit a large group of […]

Martin Seligman’s Autobiography: The Hope Circuit

Martin Seligman’s Autobiography: The Hope Circuit

A brief history of psychology, the universe and everything. This is truly an auspicious occasion for the Positive Psychology community. Martin Seligman, the iconic founder of Positive Psychology, has finally published his autobiography, The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist's Journey from Helplessness to Optimism. This is more than just the memoir […]

The 2018 World Happiness Report: the World's Happiest Countries

The 2018 World Happiness Report: the World's Happiest Countries

The World Happiness Report is published annually by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The report ranks the happiness levels of 156 countries using the Gallup world poll. The poll asks respondents to think of their best possible life (rated at a 10), and the worst possible life (rated […]

7 Reasons it’s Been a Positive Year for Positive Psychology

7 Reasons it's Been a Positive Year for Positive Psychology

“What’s happening in the world today?” How many times have you heard this in 2017? It’s a question we throw around a little too frequently, implying the world is falling apart. It’s not surprising given the news we’re constantly exposed to via the various channels – as a result of […]

The Psychology of Eye Contact Experiments [+Personal Experience]

The International Eye Contact Experiment: September 23, 2017

We are soft-wired to feel other people’s emotions just by looking at them. Without any words, we feel their joy, fear or anger. Responsible for this connection are brain cells called mirror neurons. But with many social interactions taking part online, where have real connections gone?   The Self-Experiment I […]

World Suicide Prevention Day: 10th September, 2017

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day

This is how you can save a life Note; this article contains references to suicide which some people may find confronting. If affected please call the lifeline or helpline in your capital city. September the 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. This day is organized by the World Health Organisation […]

The Positive Psychology Of Successful Relationships (Oh, And Sex…)

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Here’s the unhappy truth about long-term relationships: Over time, as couples get used to each other, they have less sex. There, I said it. Sad but true. In fact, as Sonja Lyubomirsky has noted, the amount of time two people have been together as a couple is a better predictor […]

Singapore is Changing their Education System with Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology Singapore

Singapore has taken several key elements and applied these concepts to its education system. The country already has a well-respected education system, and this elevates it now as a progressive education system that other countries can learn from. Besides education, positive psychology researchers in Singapore are also interested in how people spend their […]

3 Critiques of Positive Psychology: What Can It Gain from Criticism?

Since positive psychology is a relatively new field, criticisms have arisen around the extent of its use. This is natural for a burgeoning field as researchers establish protocols around the emerging science supporting this field. Criticism provides an opportunity to strengthen a field. Critiques establish weak points and invite scientists to […]

Why Positive Psychology is Leading the Psychology Zeitgeist

When you think of the future, of the impact your life has had in forming the world we live in, what do you picture? "The best way to predict the future is to invent it" -Alan Kay The ideas, philosophies, and emotions that drive us today become our society's personality. […]

What is the Positive Psychology Movement?

positive psychology movement

Positive psychology is a scientific field. Unlike positive thinking, "happy-ology" or self-help, this field draws on the scientific method to understand the conditions allow people, groups, and institutions to thrive. "The good life is a process, not a state of being." - Carl Rogers In 2000, American Psychologist devoted a whole […]

Positive Psychology and Politics: Prioritizing Well-Being and PERMA 51

With the political future of the free world hanging in an ever-tightening, if somewhat undignified, balance, many are wondering how the politicians of the future will support their constituents' hopes for better community well-being. From the outset, it should be said that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump has proposed […]

Positive Psychology Progress: Empirical Validation of Interventions


Martin Seligman and his colleagues Steen, Park, and Peterson wrote the 2005 article "Positive Psychology Progress: Empirical Validation of Interventions," a central publication in positive psychology literature. It offers a review of the developments in the field between 2000 and 2005. The article includes a review of the growth observed in positive psychology, […]

Is Grit the New It? Develop Your Passion and Practice Perseverance

Have you ever seen someone—maybe a dancer or basketball player—demonstrate amazing ability in their field and assumed that they're gifted with an innate talent that only a few people possess? If you’re like most people, you answered "yes." People are enamored with the idea of innate talent and "giftedness," but […]

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, […]