Strengths Challenge

Happy At Work

Shhhh! Can you hear it? There’s a revolution taking place in our workplaces, and it’s being led by employees – want to join in? If you’re fed up with a job that drains your energy, a boss who undermines your confidence or simply lack the time or support to do what you do best, there’s […]

Christopher Peterson Fellowship Fund Drive – to honor James Pawelski


What would it be like to have more MAPP students attend from India?  How many people’s well-being could they affect in a country with the second largest population in the world (1.271 billion)?  Or how about Africa?  With 1.111 billion people in 2013, projections show 40% of the world’s population will be in Africa by […]

The Marshmallow Test

The Marshmallows Test

Beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Walter Mischel pioneered work illuminating the ability to delay gratification and to exert self-control in the face of strong situational pressures and emotionally “hot” temptations. His studies with preschoolers in the late 1960s, often referred to as “the marshmallow experiment“, examined the processes and mental mechanisms that enable […]

Thriving on Virtual Teams – Free Webinar


  The world is flat. More and more teaming occurs virtually. But how do you build rapport when you don’t have a water cooler to meet near? How can you really know what your employee is doing? What does the science of positive psychology say about all this? Join us with an expert, Melissa Hammer, […]

Self Compassion


I was stunned when I first read Kristin Neff’s book, Self Compassion.  After having recently taken her assessment online, I realized that I am abysmal in regards to self-compassion.  But I’m going to be compassionate about my low score! I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Neff on Wake Up Happy from Live Happy magazine […]

MOOC on Positive Psychology with Barbara Fredrickson

If you want to learn the basics of Positive Psychology directly from one of the most eminent researchers in the field, 2015 is your time. Barbara Fredrickson is offering a massive open online course (MOOC) via the platform Coursera for free. The course is scheduled from February 9 to March 27. You´ll have to put […]

The Power of Positive Listening


Listening is like driving.  Everyone thinks they are good at it.  But probably less than half of people really are.  That’s why I was interested by the research of Kate Muir. Research into how emotions change over time has revealed that negative emotions tend to fade to a greater extent over time compared to positive […]

The Benefit of a Really Big Rock

Positive Business

Have you ever been asked to do something at work that was so far beyond your abilities that you felt like Sisyphus pushing that rock up a mountain? But you think that this time it’s different? If I just analyze how the rock goes up the mountain, if I lift weights, if I push REALLY […]

10 Tried and True Methods for Increasing Well-Being

Since the dawn of late night television, everyone is working on their top 10 lists. Here is one list that is here to stay. Scientifically proven ways to make you happier. 1. Find Your Flow. If you can get ‘in the zone’ during your work day, it will not only make you more productive…it will […]