3 Simple Steps to Reduce Stress in the “New Year”

January 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

“New Year, New You.” Is this your motto? For some people, the new year is a chance to reset and hit the ground running on new resolutions, goals and challenges. It can be an opportunity to look back over the previous year and make decisions that will carry you... Read More

10 Tips to Have a Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2016 by ·

Thanksgiving is time to give thanks, and there is a lot of research around the benefits of practicing gratitude (greater happiness, physical and mental health benefits, pathway to a meaningful life, etc.). But, Thanksgiving can also be a time of travel stress, running from place to place and tense... Read More

Which Country Leads The World In Strengths Development?

August 29, 2016 by ·

Developing your strengths has been found to help people feel more confident, energized and engaged at work.  And while the VIA Survey makes discovering people’s strengths much easier, understanding what people can do to develop their strengths is still woefully under-researched. In an effort to close this gap, in... Read More

Addicted to Your Phone? 10 Tips for Breaking Away

July 14, 2016 by ·

Next time you are out in public, whether waiting in line for your coffee, walking through the grocery store or sitting on a bench at the park, look around and notice what others are doing. I’m guessing that more than half of them will be on their phone. And,... Read More

Beyond Grit

May 10, 2016 by ·

No doubt about it, grit is in. The concept of grit seems to have first come to the public’s attention in 2011 with a New York Times Magazine article called “What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?” in which Paul Tough suggested grit may be the true key... Read More

Remembering the Essence of Mother’s Day, Everyday

May 6, 2016 by ·

On this mother’s day, I am struck by the irony of highlighting just one day in appreciation of this daunting parenting role. For nine months, we anticipate with a full range of emotions, the birth of a child.  We have nine months to prepare…for the pregnancy and birth.  What... Read More

Using Strengths to Set Goals on IEP’s

April 14, 2016 by ·

Written by special guest blogger: ​Katie Curran, MAPP If you have a child with special needs or work as a special educator you are familiar with IEP’s (Individualized Education Plan).  Part of the IEP process is preparing for the meeting that will set the educational focus for the upcoming... Read More

The Positive Psychology Academy Awards for 2015

February 26, 2016 by ·

This is one of my favorite posts to write each year because it combines two of my passions- positive psychology AND films! Every year, I try to watch as many movies as possible and study them for their portrayal of the most popular themes in positive psychology. For anyone... Read More

Which Frozen Character Has Better Coping Skills?

November 23, 2015 by ·

Frozen is one of the most popular animated movies of all time. It is ironic, however, that Anna, a role model of many strengths for children and youth (and adults) sits in the shadow of the far more popular – and far more unhealthy – character of Elsa. A... Read More

Jim Gaffigan To The Rescue

October 7, 2015 by ·

Recently, I saw stand-up comic Jim Gaffigan, one of my favorite comedians, deliver a hilariously funny set on all of his popular topics: “hot pockets” (and other anecdotes about food), travel, and raising his 5 kids (or, as he puts it, watching his wife raise his 5 kids). I... Read More