ositive 1

My sisters thyroid cancer had not spread so they were able just to take the thyroid and not much more.

Positive 2

I saw someone smoking today that I didn’t know smoked, when I commented he said you smoked too and yes I did and it made so happy that I don’t have that monkey on my back still.

Positive 3

Made a yummy very late dinner with a bunch of mostly canned foods, artichokes, peppers, chicken, fresh tomatoes and pasta. I needed something quick and healthy and I still have some for Wednesday.

By: Kathie

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Report from IPPA Conference, Day 2

Day two of the 2nd Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association was simply amazing.  I learned SO much!  At one point I laughed to my friend “Teacher!  My brain is full!”  Here’s a report of the day’s events:

It began with Ed Deci speaking about self-determination and its relationship to positive psychology – in other words: the self-fulfilling prophecy.  He showed scientific proof that believing that you are doomed and things will never get better can actually bring that about.  Using a simple analogy (of my own), if one is drowning and they really don’t think anyone will come to rescue them, they can behave based on this belief by not paddling and dying before help could arrive.  But Deci really wowed the crowd when he reported that studies repeatedly proved that external rewards kill off intrinsic motivation.  For instance, when we try to control our children either by giving them a reward for doing well (the carrot) or punishing them when they do not do well (the stick), we inadvertently are hindering our child’s innate love of learning!  You can bet I will be blogging more about this. Continue reading Report from IPPA Conference, Day 2

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