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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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I feel very grateful for Allen, the Teacher’s Assistant for the new semester of Happiness 101, which began tonight. Allen has been one of the, what I call, “the Core Five” – which means he was one of five people who showed up and continued to show up for Happiness 101 in 2009 and 2010. These five people made up the core of Happiness 101 and kept it’s heart beating through those early years. Happiness 101 would very likely not exist were it not for Allen and the other four die-hard students. Allen has used what he learned from class and changed his life. People have looked to him and inquired about his Happiness. He freely attributes his Happy shift to Happiness 101 and has probably been the greatest single source of bringing in new students. Allen has an enthusiasm that is infectious and a willingness to give that is admirable. I feel very lucky to have him.
Frank Clayton, the Happy Therapist