Gather thee rosebuds while ye may”. Savor. A few weeks ago one of my positives described a wonderful few relaxing … More Positive #3: Glad I savored. “Seize the day”.
Riding a roller coaster is a thrill because it gives us a sense of being out of control. Imagine if … More Positive #1: Feeling out of control.
Today I had fun creating a profile on ted.com and commenting on some of the conversations. I even got a … More Positive #2: TED conversations.
Ah! That feels great. A wonderful sense of accomplishment. This is that wonderful moment between “save draft” and “send”, giving … More Positive #2: The monthly newsletter is written!
It is wonderful to see the positives, likes and comments fly among students of Happiness 101. It reminds me of … More Positive #2: The synergy of the new Happiness 101 class.
It feels really wonderful to have the workbench cleared off. I even went through containers where I dump screws, bolts … More Positive #1: Got the work bench in the garage cleared off.
It is wonderful that we can get the word out so quickly and efficiently to help us find children like … More Positive #3 Amber Alerts
It was wonderful to see him and catch up. What a mirror as to how much time has gone by … More Positive #2 Breakfast with an old friend.
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