Positive 1
Happy March so glad the tough part of winter should be behind us
Positive 2
I saw so many people smoking and coughing today and I was bowled over with how grateful I am I quit smoking and don’t have that monkey on my back. It looked so horrible and everyone looked so sick and I doubt I would even be here with the damage it caused me had I continued so glad.
Positive 3
Had a good busy day at work . That always feels good to feel productive
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My friend had an extra ticket to a play, it was a nice afternoon.

Positive 2

We went to eat after the play at a bar and when I got home I instantly was hit with how grateful I am they don’t allow smoking in bars and I don’t stink (and grateful I gave up smoking).

Positive 3

Those green containers that are suppose to help food last longer really work. So I am more willing to prep my food so I will eat healthier

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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