Many thanks to John MackMersh for bringing this to my attention. This is an interesting take on the ‘positive psychology’ movement – listen to Barbara Ehrenreich and wonder… There’s also a link to the ‘Smile or die’ animation.
I really like Peter Honey’s work and his engaging way of writing. And there’s a lot more to him than his contribution to the understanding of learning styles! Try his latest book, Strengthen your Strengths, which focuses on ways to enhance your self-management skills, juggle your time, deal with unwanted stress and take responsibility for your own development.
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Have you noticed that we often think those who appear to be blissfully happy are somehow foolish or just plain naïve? Well, interestingly, there is some evidence to support the view that negative (‘glass half empty”) thinking lends itself to more accurate decisions, and that being too optimistic (“glass half full”) can lead to the miscalculation of potential risks – so perhaps there is something in it. But not much! Because there is actually far more evidence in favour of optimism – or happiness – being the catalyst for success at work, improved physical health, and better and more fulfilling relationships. So it looks like the happy folk really are on to a winner! Mental note to self: be less grumpy.
Want some evidence? Try: Lyubomirsky, S., King, L.A. & Diener, E. (2005). The benefits of frequent positive affect: Does happiness lead to success. Psychological Bulletin, 131, 803-855.
Photo credit: Margolove.
If you’re on top of your positive psychology you will know that there’s a movement to look at what people enjoy doing, rather than what they’re good at. Not a bad idea because what you like (to do) and what you do are not necessarily the same thing. And we’ve all met people who are perfectly competent but not performing at their best. Thus it’s all quite reasonable that if someone uses their real strengths at work, those that engage enjoyment and competence, they will actually be at their best, work harder, work smarter etc. If you’re interested you’ll find more information on Martin Seligman’s website:
Another resilience questionnaire, this time from Robertson-Cooper, the experts in well-being psychology. Have a go, it’s free, generates a great report and links to some other useful resources. Also of interest to anyone who is following developments in ‘positive’ psychology or the ‘psychology of flow’ – something I will be writing a post about soon.