The scientific study of optimal performance and wellbeing is helping individuals, organisations and communities thrive and excel. Far from the popular promotion of happyology, positive psychology is a rich and rigorous study of what makes life worth living in all its complexity, encompassing topics such as strengths, virtues, resilience, coping, creativity and excellence.
There are so many opportunities in our everyday lives to show kindness, yet the festive season is a beautiful time to refresh your kindness repertoire and practice your random acts of kindness. Here, some of the Langley Group share festive acts of kindness they have given or received.
Far from ‘happyology’, positive psychology is a rich study of what makes life worth living in all its complexity, and goes hand in hand with traditional mental health interventions.
Leaders who focus on bringing out the best in people and themselves can transform the way their organisation functions and achieve exceptional results. This article expands on research from Kim Cameron, shared at the World Congress of Positive Psychology in July.
Sue delivered an engaging keynote titled "The Neuroscience of Creating Lasting Positive Habits" at the 2019 Happiness & it's Causes Conference in Sydney, Australia. Watch or read the full presentation here.
In a peak performance culture people are at their best. When people are engaged and flourishing, performance increases. As Felicia Huppert's research indicates it is about 'feeling good and functioning well."
With so many organisations currently discussing and looking to address stress and burnout, we have to consider if we might be exacerbating the situation by focusing on the negative aspects of stress.
Appreciative inquiry (AI) is a well-known method for large group collaboration and innovation. In contrast to the traditional deficit-based approach, AI is about the search for the best in people, their organisations, and the strengths-filled, opportunity-rich world around them.
Positive recruitment follows a thorough process, with additional and intentional positive practices woven through each stage. There is an intentional focus on strengths and values alignment, and on a connection to meaningful work as a key ingredient to driving intrinsic motivation, engagement and resilience in the team.
What are the long-term benefits of positive emotions? We all enjoy feeling good but tend to be consumed by negativity. Learn everyday strategies to boost your mood, lift your psychological wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around you. Denise Quinlan from the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience talks with Sue Langley about how positive emotions contribute to our health.