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Harnessing Positive Emotion for Healthy Behavior Change

Harnessing Positive Emotion for Healthy Behavior Change with Judith Moskowitz, Ph.D., MPH Abstract: How can positive psychology help people respond to significant life stress in a healthier way? IPPA President, Dr. Judith Moskowitz, is a social and health psychologist whose work sheds light...


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How and Why to Develop Character

Angela Duckworth, Ph.D. Abstract: Aristotle defined character as the intentions and actions that benefit the individual and society at large. Character is not one thing—it’s many. In this talk, Character Lab Founder and CEO Angela Duckworth explains the importance of three different...


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Hope Therapy and a Novel Approach to Psychopathology Interventions

Abstract: After studying hope with C.R. Snyder and Shane Lopez and observing the association between hope and depression, suicidal ideation, and anxiety, Dr. Cheavens and colleagues developed and tested Hope Therapy (Cheavens et al., 2006). Over the past two decades, this protocol has been...


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How to Celebrate the Good for Greater Individual and Relationship Well-being

Abstract: As a follow-up to her thought-provoking, TED-style talk at the 5 th World Congress, Dr. Shelly Gable will be enlightening us on new research in capitalization and active constructive responding (ACR) in interpersonal relationships. This includes benefits to the person,...


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A Breath of Fresh Air: How Spending Time in Nature Impacts Well-Being with Dr. John Zelenski

Abstract: In this webinar, Dr. John Zelenski describes the timely concept of nature relatedness (NR) in an increasingly urbanized world and its effects on wellbeing and behavior. Pulling from multiple years of research in this area, Zelenski discusses his co-creation of the NR scale with Dr....


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Flourish: A Strengths-Based Approach to Foster Resilience & Wellbeing Among University Students

Abstract: The university campus is a fertile setting for students to flourish – i.e., to grow intellectually, socially and emotionally and to translate this growth into action, habit and purpose. This webinar presents Flourish, a collaborative endeavour at the University of Toronto Scarborough ...


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New Findings in the Science of Happiness with Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.

Abstract: In this webinar, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., a celebrated author and pioneering scientist in the study of happiness, shares with IPPA members the latest research findings uncovering "how, when, and why" the pursuit of happiness is successful. Building upon her 2017 presentation at the...


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Tech Support: Can Digital Positive Psychology Interventions Increase Well-being? with Acacia Parks, Ph.D.

Positive psychological interventions (PPIs) are activities designed to promote positive outcomes via positive processes (Parks and Biswas-Diener, 2013). Acacia Parks, Ph.D., studies the efficacy of positive interventions, and their widespread, real-world scaling and implementation through...


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The Power of Appreciative Inquiry and Leadership

The Power of Appreciative Inquiry and Leadership Diana Whitney, Ph.D.: Presenter (recorded March 2019) Abstract: Diana Whitney, Ph.D. is an American author, award-winning consultant and educator whose writings – 15 books and dozens of chapters and articles – have advanced the positive...


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Building Love that Lasts: Applying the Science of Positive Psychology to Romantic Relationships

T he relationships that we cultivate are essential to well-being. Enduring relationships require effort to sustain. Husband and wife team, Suzann (“Suzie”) Pileggi Pawelski and James Pawelski, have applied the science of positive psychology to romantic relationships in their new book, Happy...