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When, who and where did Positive Psychology come about? (Part 3)

At yesterday’s Toastmasters’ chapter meeting, I spoke on an impromptu topic regarding turtles sticking their necks out and their association with the Word of the Day, “Grow, Glow, Go”.

Where did the adrenaline rush and the flow of high energy which accompanied me when I spoke to my audience come from? How did I get the flow? Is it innate or learned? These are questions within the realm of Positive Psychology.

How did Positive Psychology originate?

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January 30, 2008   No Comments

VIA signature strengths survey

Just completed a VIA signature strengths survey and it was very interesting!

My top five signature strengths are:

1. Creativity, ingenuity, and originality
Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

2. Curiosity and interest in the world
You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.

3. Appreciation of beauty and excellence
You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

4. Capacity to love and be loved
You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.

5. Leadership
You excel at the tasks of leadership: encouraging a group to get things done and preserving harmony within the group by making everyone feel included. You do a good job organizing activities and seeing that they happen.

January 24, 2008   2 Comments

What is Positive Psychology? (Part 2)

In my first post, I defined what Positive Psychology is – “The study of the strengths and virtues that enable[s] individuals and communities to thrive and find happiness” (Positive psychology, n.d.). That is but one of many definitions abundant in this thriving new movement. To me, Positive Psychology epitomises all things optimistic, and naturally, strengths and virtues of people fall into Positive Psychology, as they are “feel-good” kind of things.

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January 24, 2008   1 Comment

Positive psychology: the husband and his five wives (Part 1)

Many years ago, one of my Polytechnic lecturers imprinted the analogy of the husband and his five wives in my mind. I love stories, they stick in your unconscious and thrive without much or no nourishment.

What is the husband and his five wives?

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January 23, 2008   1 Comment

Happy Birthday,!

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times – Anon

We all make choices in the rollercoaster called life. We can choose to be happy, we can choose to be sad. We can choose to blog, we can choose not to. Even the choice of choosing, requires the act of choosing. Chew on it!

First off, I am ecstatic that project positive psychology has kicked off! This germ of an idea sprouted from my reading of Arruda and Dixson’s Career Distinction (2007), in which desire to have my own signature style in the virtual and real world grew stronger and stronger until “Eureka!” I could write a themed blog! Having written a personal blog for more than seven years, writing had become a way of life, my way of life.

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January 17, 2008   3 Comments