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Knowledge, power, and goodness: an analysis of the attributes of a meaningful life

On 20 February 2008, I wrote on What is the secret to a meaningful life? I was, and still is, enamoured with Seligman’s (2002) idea of what comprises meaning in our lives. Meaning is created when there is furtherance in knowledge, power and goodness.

I believe there is an abundance of knowledge and power, and ever increasing goodness as well. The crux lies in using our signature strengths, and in particular, how well we use our signature strengths. The flow diagram below details the stages of signature strengths.

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June 9, 2008   1 Comment

Free Positive Psychology series: The appreciation of beauty and excellence!

My beloved friends,

Following my unprecedented successes with my speeches entitled Shan’s 3 “B”s of happiness and Shanshine.com … Smile! Are you shining yet? , I won the Best Speaker award with Tenacious tenacity!!!

A big thank you to my wonderful audience and loved ones!

The fourth in my free Positive Psychology series is entitled The appreciation of beauty and excellence! What does it entail to appreciate beauty and excellence? Are you immersed and in a state of ‘flow’ when appreciating beauty and excellence? I will share my experience with appreciating beauty and excellence and three simple strategies to take home with you to ignite your inner artist.

I invite you to the fourth talk of my Positive Psychology series this evening in Singapore. Details as follows:

  • Topic: The appreciation of beauty and excellence!
  • Venue: Nee Soon South Toastmasters Club, Nee Soon South Community Club, Singapore
  • Date: 21 April 2008
  • Time: 7-10pm

I look forward to seeing you there!

With love,
Pei Shan

April 21, 2008   1 Comment

What are your signature strengths? A tabulation of the VIA virtues and strengths

In an earlier article, What is Positive Psychology? (Part 2), I mentioned the Values in Action (VIA) Classification of Strengths Manual. This VIA was formulated after three years of extensive research into various sources such as religion and philosophy. As a tool, the VIA is indeed commendable for labelling our strengths, however, as it is relatively infant in usage, discretion should be exercised. I found the VIA Institute on Character’s exercises on using our strengths in innovative ways thought-provoking, and is definitely worth trying out!

Here is a tabulation of strengths classified under each virtue, Wisdom and Knowledge, Courage, Humanity and Love, Justice, Temperance, and Transcendence (Seligman, 2002).
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March 22, 2008   6 Comments