The Positive Psychology Podcast
Kristen Truempy, a researcher from University of East London’s MAPP (Master of Applied Positive Psychology) program is doing a series of podcasts on positive psychology. Positive psychology is often misunderstood as a branch of new age positive thinking, and Kristen’s podcasts are a great introduction to the science of positive psychology to help understand the […]
Soooooo you’re an extravert! What your Facebook status update says about you.
Soooooo you’re an extravert! What your Facebook status update says about you. I’m fascinated by the psychology of social media: does it make us feel happier and more connected? Or could it make us feel more depressed, like there’s a great big party going on out there and we’re not invited? Do our social […]
Is Facebook your BFF?
Is Facebook your BFF? A study has just been published by researchers at Cambridge University which shows that computers can better analyse your personality based on your Facebook likes than your friends or even your family. Just 10 Facebook likes were found to better predict personality than participants’ work colleagues, 70 likes enabled the software to […]
Ted Talk of the Week – Renata Salecl: Our Unhealthy Obsession With Choice
We face an endless string of choices, which leads us to feel anxiety, guilt and pangs of inadequacy that we are perhaps making the wrong ones. But philosopher Renata Salecl asks: Could individual choices be distracting us from something bigger—our power as social thinkers? A bold call for us to stop taking personal choice so […]
Ted Talk of the Week: Martin Segliman: The New Era of Positive Psychology
Martin Seligman talks about psychology — as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become?
Are enterprise social networks (ESNs) a force for good or evil?
We’re going to be hosting a table talk at the SMiLE London event on 25th September in London. We’ll be discussing whether or not ESNs are a force for good or evil and exploring the psychological and people impacts of using ESNs. Why are we interested in this area? Social media is becoming an […]
Why is happiness still a dirty word at work?
I was lucky enough to attend a talk by Tal Ben Shahar recently, put on by the folks from Action from Happiness. Having read his book Happier a few years ago, it was great to see the man himself in action. I’d highly recommend reading Happier, which looks at the science of happiness…. What really […]
Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory
Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy — and our own self-awareness. Find more inspiration at www.ted.com.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness
Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, “What makes a life worth living?” Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of “flow.” Find more inspiration at www.ted.com.
Over the rainbow: What does the weather really do to our productivity?
So, you’re heading in for another day at the office. The sun is high in the sky, the spring flowers are in full bloom, and the distinct smell of summer is truly in the air. You’d be hard fetched on days like this to stifle a smile – well, it certainly beats wading through slushy […]