Positive Psychology

All positive psychology articles within this category deal with different subjects that lie within the field of positive psychology such as mindfulness, positive emotions, happiness etc.

What Is The Negativity Bias and How Can it be Overcome?

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Do you sometimes feel stuck thinking about unpleasant encounters you've had or setbacks you've endured? When you read the news, do you find yourself drawn to the more depressing articles? As humans, we tend to be impacted much more by negative events than by positive ones. This negativity bias can […]

#7 PositivePsychology.com Podcast – Finding Focus in an Age of Distraction

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  In this conversation, Hugo and Seph discuss today's challenge -and the costs of- distraction. How can we reap the benefits of deep focus and end the day with a sense of achievement and fulfillment? Is it enough to eliminate distractions? Or is there a deeper issue that we need […]

PositivePsychology.com Podcast #6 – Nicole Geschwind on Positive CBT

Positive Psychology Podcast 6

In this episode on the PositivePsychology.com podcast, Hugo talks with Positive CBT expert and researcher Nicole Geschwind. Nicole Geschwind published the world’s first study on Positive CBT. In this podcast, she shares key insights from her research on, and practical experience with, Positive CBT. You can find Nicole's publication on […]

19 Positive Psychology Exercises To Do With Clients or Students

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Humans are hardwired to pay attention to negative experiences. We have a propensity to attend to, learn from, and use negative information far more than positive information. As such, many clients are unaware of what influences the happiness in their life from one day to the next. At the heart […]

How to Successfully Teach Positive Psychology in Groups

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The efficacy of psychological interventions to increase well-being is, in many ways, the heart of positive psychology. While positive psychology can be beneficial in a multitude of individual and group contexts, incorporating concepts such as virtues, strengths, and mindfulness to your work with groups can help create a supportive framework […]

#5 PositivePsychology.com Podcast – Effortless Being

Podcast #5 effortless being

Do we really constantly have to push the membrane of reality? Or is there a way to spend more time in flow and to live more effortlessly? Hugo and Seph discuss the topic of effortful being and its opposite: effortless being.   […]

#3 PositivePsychology.com Podcast – How Positive Psychology Can Be Dangerous

Blindly applying positive psychology can be dangerous if you don't take the factors discussed in this podcast into account... Hugo Alberts and Seph Fontane Pennock discuss why it is so important to 'meet clients where they are', how forcing progress or awareness onto your client can be counter-productive, and share […]

#1 PositivePsychology.com Podcast – Out of Your Mind, Into Your Life

Positive Psychology Podcast

This is the first PositivePsychology.com podcast, where you can join your hosts Hugo Alberts and Seph Fontane Pennock in their discussion on the importance and meaning of (negative) emotions, awareness, and mindfulness. Recommended Resources Allan Watts Explains a Mind in Vicious Circles Eckhart Tolle - How Do We Break The […]

Other People Matter: Christopher Peterson’s Work in Positive Psychology

Christopher Peterson combined altruistic motivation with scientific and empirical rigor to contribute immeasurably to our fundamental understanding of positive psychology. His research put in place a foundation which allows us to stand on the shoulders of giants as we continue to strive towards self-betterment and the betterment of those around […]

40+ Positive Psychology Websites You Should Know About

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Looking for more information on a specific Positive Psychology topic? Here we’ve gathered an extensive list of other websites that may help you in your search. In this article, you’ll find positive psychology websites for institutes, blogs, and specific subject areas, as well as links to positive psychology journals and […]

Upcoming Positive Psychology Conferences (2020 + 2021)

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In this article, we have compiled all the upcoming positive psychology conferences and included those we know about for 2020. If you’re interested in speaking or presenting at any of these, we have also included the official pages for each event. These links will include the guidelines for submissions, symposia, […]

Positive Psychology Researchers: Top Influencers’ Database

Years ago, Lisa Sansom, MAPP, of LVS Consulting started a list of positive psychology researchers, using a Google spreadsheet and filling in all the names of the researchers that she knew about from her U Penn MAPP studies. She has been so kind as to hand this project over to […]

Positive Psychology Internship Opportunities At PositivePsychology.com

Hugo Alberts and Lucinda Poole

Hi there, The PositivePsychology.com website is managed by a small team based mostly in the Netherlands. Our team consists of two parts. One part is led by Hugo Alberts, Ph.D. He runs the development of the Positive Psychology Toolkit and all the masterclasses and training packages offered at PositivePsychology.com. Hugo's office […]

3 Common Critiques on Positive Psychology

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 […]

Positive Psychology Degree: 13 Opportunities For Eager Students

The science supporting positive psychology has sparked a huge increase in degree programs. It makes sense: when we understand the "why" of positive human functioning, we can apply that knowledge to our own lives and unlock our true potential. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to […]

12 Positive Psychology PDF’s to Print and Hand Out

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Whether you’re new to the field of positive psychology or you’re an experienced positive psychology practitioner, you can always use more resources on positive psychology topics. The PDFs in this piece are a valuable collection to print and hand out to your clients, students, colleagues, and friends. Everywhere in the […]

8 Positive Psychology Surveys, Measures, and Questionnaires

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Across the globe, the pursuit of happiness is a common thread in the human journey. Within the field of positive psychology, there is detailed evidence being gathered through surveys and questionnaires supporting the notion that we are able to improve our own happiness, both individually and collectively, through various mechanisms. […]

Who is Martin Seligman and What Does He Do?

Martin Seligman

Martin Seligman is not called the "father of positive psychology" for no reason. To many, he is one of the leading researchers in the whole field of psychology.  Born on August 12, 1942, in New York, Seligman is now a lead educator, researcher, and author of several bestselling books that […]

[FREE] 100th Tool in the Positive Psychology Practitioner’s Toolkit!

Sailboat metaphor

Update January 2020: The sailboat metaphor discussed by Hugo in the video below has become our main coaching framework here at PositivePsychology.com. This metaphor forms the backbone of our online masterclass series available here and, from the feedback we've heard, seems to be extremely helpful to practitioners and educators alike. […]

The 5 Founding Fathers and A History of Positive Psychology

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After the Second World War, the focus of psychology was on treating abnormal behaviors and the resulting mental illnesses. Dissatisfied with this approach, humanist psychologists, such as Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, and Eric Fromm helped renew interest in the more positive aspects of human nature. This article contains: Inspiration in […]

50+ Positive Psychology Quotes: A Collection of Beautiful Reflections

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Powerful quotes can help you understand yourself and the world around you. They can even help you achieve personal fulfillment. Here is a list of 50+ of the most inspirational positive psychology quotes in the world. In this post, you'll find quotes provided by positive psychology experts, well-known psychologists, and influential […]