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July Newsletter

Dear SIPPA Friends, I hope you are enjoying the summer, wherever you are! When I’m not studying or working, I’ve been trying to enjoy the outdoors; the weather has been lovely here in Detroit (unlike our freezing winter months!)! I hope you have been able to find some time to relax and spend some time outdoors this summer. This is an exciting newsletter, as it is the first one following the World Congress that happened in July in Melbourne, Australia. You can find some highlights and updates regarding the Mentoring Event that happened at the conference here . This month’s “Positive Prose” section highlights one of our very own SIPPA student’s ...
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Take a look behind the scenes of the successful SIPPA Mentoring event at the 2019 World Congress! IPPA members engaged with the next generation of SIPPA world changers to mentor on topics such as Research and Theories of Positive Psychology, Defying Trauma and Adversity, and Wellbeing Education.  The feedback was impactful and SIPPA attendees appreciated the first-hand experiential engagement from distinguished members in the Positive Psychology field.  A special thank you to our mentors: Dr. Denise Quinlan, Dr. Lucy Hone, Aaron Jarden, Robert Biswas-Diener, Robert J. Vallerand, Kim Cameron, Samuel M.Y. Ho, Sierra Trudel, Louise Tidmand, Tom Brunzell, ...
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Student Spotlight: Kaya Reingold Who are you? Kaya Reingold is a rising senior in college and is excited to serve as SIPPA’s Communication Lead. She is a multifaceted individual who is passionate about Positive Psychology and the mind-body-soul connection and its power to transform the functioning of the brain and the nervous system. She feels that Positive Psychology and wellness are the keys to empowering the collective. What did your journey to positive psychology look like? At a school assembly in the 9th grade, Kaya was introduced to Shawn Achor’s Ted Talk and was inspired by his message of kindness and the power of Positive ...
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SIPPA Positive Prose Connection: The Currency to Happiness  by Linda Tomai Duong What is this book about? This Amazon Best Seller book is about how to access happiness with or without the million dollars. It is about my life journey, how I have found my happiness without having a million dollars. It is the book that I was looking for but couldn’t find anywhere. I share the story about my life, born at the end of the Vietnam War with little education and resources. I grew up watching black and white TV and black and white photos. No internet, no email or YouTube to know what the outside world was like, and suddenly I was “teleported” to Australia, ...
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Flow in Our Daily Lives Lisa Kamsickas Newsletter Editor Have you ever felt like you are “in the zone?” For some of us, this can happen when we’re deeply engaged in a project, playing or listening to music, playing a game, or exercising (I said some of us…). Flow is when people are so involved in what they are doing that nothing else seems to matter; time seems to escape them. This special experience sometimes happens as we pursue our goals.  The phenomenon was first identified and studied by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Flow experiences tend to: Happen in situations where skills are closely matched to challenges Be completely absorbing ...
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The PH&W Division is seeking volunteers to fill the role of Division Secretary; t he Secretary serves as the chief of staff and “institutional knowledge” keeper for the Division. Key responsibilities for this Officer-level role include: Supporting the President and President-Elect with strategic planning and execution of the Division’s initiatives. Supporting the President and President-Elect in understanding the needs of the Division’s members (through surveys, conference calls, information sessions, interaction on the Engage platform, etc.) to inform Division programming initiatives. Supporting the management of Division human resources ...
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Dear All, The WCPP is approaching. As an unique preconference event we are organising the Science for Scientists day. A day to inspire and to be inspired by the latest research in the field of Positive Psychology. We offer slots for flash talks, giving you the opportunity to give a 5 minute talk about your research. So, if you are a PhD student, postdoc or any early or later career researcher, join us! For more details see: https://www.ippaworldcongress.org/science-for-scientists See you in Melbourne!
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The following volunteer job opportunity is available immediately for the Positive Health & Wellness Division’s (PH&W) upcoming Webinar Series. The PH&W is launching a Webinar Series to feature prominent researchers and practitioners at the intersection of positive psychology and health and wellness. Following the success of the inaugural Webinar " Living the Forgiving Life " with Dr. Loren Toussaint, the PH&W Division aims to produce 2-3 Webinars a year with top leaders in the field. The Technical Producer will work together with the Webinar Team (consisting of the Booking Producer, Host, Q&A Facilitator as well as the Communications ...
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Learn It, Be It: Optimal Performance: Focus and Flow by Beata Souders, SIPPA Membership and Recruitment Chair   “In the quest for happiness, partial solutions don’t work.” – Mihály Csíkszentmihályi Optimal performance requires a degree of disciplined concentration. This complete focus is possible only when our consciousness is well ordered and our thoughts, intentions, feelings, and all the senses are focused on the same goal. This experience of harmony is known as the state of flow and can be achieved through establishing control over attention (Csíkszentmihályi, 1990). This article explains how to cultivate greater focus and what conditions ...
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Great news, there's still time to nominate your peers and colleagues for an award! Please consider nominating deserving individuals for one of the eleven awards that IPPA will give out at the Sixth World Congress on Positive Psychology.  To nominate someone, please fill out the short nomination form on the   Congress website;  you will need to share the nominee's name and email address. (Please refer to IPPA's new  member directory  in IPPA Engage if you do not know your nominee’s email address.) The  deadline  for nominations is  January 15, 2019 . Thank you for your time and participatio
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The Positive Health & Wellness Division is now accepting entries for the 2 nd  edition of the division’s publication,  Chronicle  of Advances in Positive Health and Well-Being . The publication is dedicated to sharing insights into the latest research related to the current body of knowledge on health maintenance, total well-being, and illness prevention. Please email your submissions to healthdiv@ippanetwork.org  by January 15 th,  2019.  We invite you to submit articles in one of the following categories that relate to positive health and wellness:  Original scientific research articles with abstract (abstract length up to 350 words); Abstracts ...
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Did you miss the Positive Education Division (IPPAEd)’s pre-conference at the 9th European Conference on Positive Psychology, or IPEN’s World Positive Education Accelerator? You are in luck! IPPAEd is holding a virtual panel webinar to hear from Division members and leaders who will share what they learned or presented at both conferences. Update: Watch the recording of the panel discussion below! If you are not yet an IPPA member and want to take advantage of learning opportunities such as this one year-round–including webinar series, our Divisions program, and more–consider joining IPPA today ! We intend to have several of these webinars ...
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Engaging Education – Let’s Make It Happen!  Exploring Science and Practice-Based Opportunities. A pre-conference at the 9th European Conference on Positive Psychology (ECPP 2018) June 26-27, 2018 at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary Presented by IPPA’s Positive Education Division (IPPAEd) Around the world, concerns are growing about students’ abilities with 21st century skills, mental health problems, and lack of motivation to learn. Engagement is a common problem across all levels of education. How can we make education more engaging for students and educators, ensuring that schools are preparing young people for successful futures? ...
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The Clinical Division is excited to share that Strengths-Based Resilience (SBR), a University of Toronto Scarborough program led by Division President Tayyab Rashid, was a recent recipient of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS)’ Innovation Award. The award recognizes an innovative program or service that exemplifies excellence and serves as a model for other CACUSS member institutions.   Authored by Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D., Afroze Anjum, Psy.D., Jane Gilliam, Ph.D., and Ruth Louden (Editor) M.Ed., M.E.S., SBR teaches students evidence-based skills to boost their resilience and enhance their overall well-being. ...
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IPPA’s   Positive Clinical Psychology Division  is piloting a six-month, online “positive psychology peer consultation group” starting in March 2018, and is seeking licensed professionals and graduate students to participate. Applying positive psychology to clinical practice is a relatively new approach. This group will aim to provide a safe space for colleagues to support and learn from each other, and through online discussions,  will develop a nuanced, inclusive and evidence-based understanding of the application of positive psychology principles to enrich professional practice.   Interested participants must apply by  February 21, 2018 ...
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The following volunteer job opportunities are available immediately with the editorial team of IPPA’s Positive Health and Wellness Division publication, Chronicle of Advances in Positive Health and Well-being . Research Reviewers invited.  Reviews are needed of submitted research articles, abstracts, and extended abstracts (published research articles).  Volunteer research reviewers will work in coordination under the Research Editor. Based upon areas of expertise, reviewers will evaluate submission acceptability using a rating scale. Reviewers will be asked to review approximately two to three submissions within a three week turn-around time. Interested ...
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“ This conference (ECPP) is a wonderful example of the quiet steady work the world is crying to know more about. ” – Donald Officer The 9th European Conference on Positive Psychology , Budapest, took place from June 28-30, 2018. IPPA Positive Health & Wellness Division leaders and members offered individual and collaborative workshops, symposia, and keynotes around the theme of Positive Psychology for Flourishing in Times of Transition. A Positive Health and Medicine symposium led by Dr. Svala Sigurðardóttir, M.D . ( Iceland/Denmark), titled Is Medicine Ready for Positive Psychology? Innovative Research from the Front Lines of Positive Health ...
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Living the Forgiving Life: Implications for Health and Well-Being with Dr. Loren Toussaint  A webinar sponsored by IPPA’s Positive Health and Wellness Division September 25*, 2018 at 5:00 PM Eastern Register Here *September 26 in some countries Living a forgiving life has positive implications for one’s health, well-being, and longevity. This webinar will focus on three areas that will improve people’s ability to incorporate forgiveness into their lives. First, we will define forgiveness and show common misconceptions that get in the way of forgiving. Second, we will  connect forgiveness to its primary health benefits and show how forgiveness ...
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Living the Forgiving Life: Implications for Health and Well-Being with Dr. Loren Toussaint  A webinar sponsored by IPPA’s Positive Health and Wellness Division. Held on September 25, 2018.   Living a forgiving life has positive implications for one’s health, well-being, and longevity. This webinar will focus on three areas that will improve people’s ability to incorporate forgiveness into their lives. First, we will define forgiveness and show common misconceptions that get in the way of forgiving. Second, we will  connect forgiveness to its primary health benefits and show how forgiveness can confer its health advantages. Third, we will review leading ...
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Editorial Team

Frederick Brown, Editor-in-Chief Members of the editorial team have dedicated considerable enthusiasm, work, and insight. I would like to thank Deputy Editor Lisa Miller, and Associate Editors Kathi Norman, Elaine O’Brien, Noémie LePertel, Kim Sibille, and Alina Yarova. Lisa Miller, Deputy Editor Kathy Norman, Associate Editor Elaine O’Brien, Associate Editor Noémie Le Pertel, Associate Editor Kimberly Sibille, Associate Editor Alina Yarova, Assoc
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