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James & Suzie Pawelski
Suzann (“Suzie”) Pileggi Pawelski has a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a freelance writer and well-being consultant specializing in the science of happiness and its effects on health and relationships. James Pawelski, Ph.D., is Director of Education and Senior Scholar at the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania where he co-founded the world's first Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program with Martin Seligman.

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What Social Distancing Can't Stop
We need to focus on our mental health and choose to consume and spread positivity.
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What You May Be Unconsciously Spreading to Others
Research shows how highly contagious emotions can be.
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Using Strengths for All
Your strengths connect you to others. They are a bond that all human beings share.
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101 Ways to Connect From a Distance
Tips to stay emotionally connected when in-person interactions are limited.
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Choosing Your Role Model in a Crisis
When times are tough, look to others to find strength.
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Are You and Your Partner Alike From A Strengths Perspective?
Try this fun exercise to see how many strengths you and your partner have in common.
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How You Express Gratitude to Your Partner Matters
Gratitude may be one of the most important positive emotions to cultivate for thriving romantic relationships.
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One Easier Way to Make Someone Happier
Learning how to spot and express others’ characters strengths can boost your mood and the mood of others. Here are some tips to help you get started.
By Dr. Ryan Niemiec
How to Resolve Everyday Conflicts
Conflicts in relationships can be like fender benders—we don’t seem them coming, and they can cause a little damage. Here’s what to do when one hits.
By Dr. Neal Mayerson
Research Reveals: Money Can Buy Happiness
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “money can’t buy happiness.” However, new research reveals there might actually be a way to purchase a little bit of happiness.
By Dr. Neal Mayerson
Did You Hear? Gossip Can be Good
Talking about someone can easily be turned into talking about someone’s strengths. Here are three ways that gossiping positively can be a great thing for you and those around you.
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What to Do with an Annoying Co-Worker
Ever deal with a difficult colleague or client at work? Here's what to do.
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