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Effects and Global Reach of Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology and the Importance of Culture Mihaly Csiksentmihalyi Claremont University Abstract: I assume we are all more or less agreed as to the goals of positive psychology. We are all dedicated to help humanity fulfill its great potential, and direct the evolutionary forces...


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Positivity Resonance: How Love Creates Health

Barbara Fredrickson University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC Positivity Resonance: How Love Creates Health Abstract: In this talk, Fredrickson offers a taste of her latest book, Love 2.0 (Penguin, 2013). In it, she asks you to disengage from some of your most cherished...


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The Positive Humanities: A New Approach to Human Flourishing

James Pawelski, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Positive Humanities: A New Approach to Human Flourishing Abstract: The field of positive psychology was founded nearly twenty years ago when Martin Seligman, along with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, observed...


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Positive Organizational Scholarship: A Professional and Personal Journey

John Kim, New York Life Investment Management, New York, New York Positive Organizational Scholarship: A Professional and Personal Journey Abstract: The CEO of a large, well known corporation in the United States offers a professional and personal reflection on how positive...


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The Power of Optimism (and Gratitude, Good Relationships, Accomplishment…)

Rhonda Cornum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Power of Optimism (and Gratitude, Good Relationships, Accomplishment…) Abstract: Long term follow up of hundreds of prisoners of war (POW) from Viet Nam revealed that optimistic thinking was the variable...


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Turning Organizations Positive: An Invitation to Cultural Surgery

Robert Quinn, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan Turning Organizations Positive: An Invitation to Cultural Surgery Abstract: Social science suggests that in organizations people tend to pursue self-interests, minimize personal costs, feel fear, prefer the status quo,...


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Sacred Moments: A Hidden Ingredient of Resilience and Change

Kenneth Pargament, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Kentucky Sacred Moments: A Hidden Ingredient of Resilience and Change Abstract: Spirituality can be integrated into virtually every dimension of life. Relationships, work, nature, virtues, the body can all be...


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Past, Present, and Future Perspectives on Eudaimonic Well-being

Carol Ryff, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin Past, Present, and Future Perspectives on Eudaimonic Well-being Abstract: More than 25 years ago, I proposed a multidimensional model of psychological well-being (Ryff,1989), derived from the integration of numerous...


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Positive Psychology and Clinical Psychology: Emerging Promises and Translational Challenges

Carmelo Vasquez Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain Positive Psychology and Clinical Psychology: Emerging Promises and Translational Challenges Abstract: In this presentation it will be strongly emphasized that the only way for positive psychology (PP) to survive in the long...


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Capitalism, Values, and Large Scale Flourishing

Jonathan Haidt New York University, New York, New York Capitalism, Values, and Large Scale Flourishing Abstract: The 2015 World Happiness Report shows that almost all of the happiest countries are free-market societies, and almost all of the least happy countries are not. In his...