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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The focus on this upcoming Happiness 101 class is Social Connections. In the attached video Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky finds compares a set of twins. One of them is happy, the other is not – despite sharing DNA, being raised in the same household and living in the same town. The chief differences are: a positive attitude and social connections. Studies have shown that having good social support is one of the primary ways in which a person can achieve long-lasting happiness. You might ask, “What if I’m just not a very sociable person? I like to be alone.”? I say “Great!” at least you know what does not work for you. We are all social creatures but we are not all social butterflies. This is one of the wonderful things about Dr. Lyubomirsky’s book: it gives you a test to find out which Happiness Habits best suit you, then gives you more detail about each one of them and how to get the most happiness from your effort.

Join us this Tuesday (9/29/09) 7pm for to find out more about getting the most out of practicing acts of kindness and the science behind Social Connections and its importance to happiness.

Happiness 101 is a weekly FREE class about Happiness. To find out more, call 801-262-0317 for recorded information, visit us at www.saltlakementalhealth.com or click here to join us on Facebook

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