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Creating Positive Change in Schools and Workplaces Despite Complexity: Systems-Informed Positive Psychology Perspectives

Abstract: Positive psychology as a discipline has focused primarily on understanding and building individual wellbeing. But the application of positive psychology within schools and organisations brings a number of challenges, which transcend simplistic approaches. It is not only individual...


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Insights from Theory-Driven Positive Psychological Science

Abstract: Donaldson, Csikszentmihalyi, & Nakamura (2020) in their new book, “Positive Psychological Science: Improving Everyday Life, Well-Being, Work, Education, and Societies across the Globe,” summarize two decades of peer-reviewed scientific research and illustrate how positive...


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Optimizing Social Connections, with Sara Algoe, Ph.D.

Optimizing Social Connections Abstract: Good social relationships are important for happiness and health. Social psychologist, Dr. Sara Algoe, studies the positive social behaviors and emotions that characterize our best relationships. In this webinar, focusing on data collected...


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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...


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Understanding and Fostering Courage

Abstract: Cynthia Pury earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology specializing in anxiety. Her work in areas of cognition and fear led her to wonder about a different way of coping with threats: courage. She defines courage as “the ability to take a worthwhile risk.” In this webinar, Dr. Pury...


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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...


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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 ...