Character Strengths Matter

Character Strengths Matter Author : Shannon Polly
Release : 2015-06-07
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ISBN : 9780692465646
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What are the elements of good character? The Values in Action (VIA) project identified 24 qualities such as creative, authentic, loving, forgiving, kind, persistent, prudent, and brave, calling them character strengths. Character strengths are elements of good character valued across time and around the world. If you are curious about your own strengths, join the 3 million people that have taken the free online survey at www.viacharacter.org. Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life brings the 24 character strengths to life with stories involving children, teenagers, adults, and elders and occurring in family life and business settings, in the present and in the distant past, in locations from China to the United States to the Middle East. Research shows that using character strengths in new ways for a week makes people happier up to six months later. This book includes many ideas for using your character strengths in new ways. Based on the unusual premise that a key way to build strength is to act 'as if' you have that strength already, this book includes short passages to read aloud to try on particular character strengths. This concept is well known to actors and elite athletes, but less well known to the rest of the world. Look inside the book to see whose words are used to embody hope, gratitude, leadership, creativity, kindness, love and all the rest. More than 30 authors contributed stories to this book, including George Vaillant, the 35-year director of Harvard's Study of Adult Development. Many leaders in the positive psychology field endorse the book, including the 'father of positive psychology' Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman. He writes: "My friend, Chris Peterson, would have loved this book. It brings to life with personal stories, practical recommendations, wisdom, and humor the dry scholarship that he (with an assist from me) did in Character Strengths and Virtues. Chris was very down-to-earth and I am sure he would have concurred in my enthusiastically recommending this book to everyone who works with character strengths in the real world." Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness and Flourish Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to a scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania in honor of the lead researcher of character strengths, the late Christopher Peterson. This scholarship supports the education of future practitioners of positive psychology. This is the third book in the Positive Psychology News series, joining Resilience: How to Navigate Life's Curves and Gratitude: How to Appreciate Life's Gifts. Bottom line, this book is bound to make you learn something new, be inspired about humanity and have a chance to play with character strengths. This book will make you happier.

Character Strengths Matter

Character Strengths Matter Author : Kathryn Britton
Release : 2015-06-04
Publisher : CreateSpace
ISBN : 9781511641647
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What are the elements of good character? The Values in Action (VIA) project identified 24 qualities such as creativity, authenticity, love, forgiveness, kindness, persistence, prudence, and bravery, calling them character strengths. Character strengths are elements of good character valued across time and around the world. If you are curious about your own strengths, join the 3 million people that have taken the free online survey at www.viacharacter.org. Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life brings the 24 character strengths to life with stories involving children, teenagers, adults, and elders and occurring in family life and business settings, in the present and in the distant past, in locations from China to the United States to the Middle East. Research shows that using character strengths in new ways for a week makes people happier up to six months later. This book includes many ideas for using your character strengths in new ways. Based on the unusual premise that a key way to build strength is to act 'as if' you have that strength already, this book includes short passages to read aloud to try on particular character strengths. This concept is well known to actors and elite athletes, but less well known to the rest of the world. Look inside the book to see whose words are used to embody hope, gratitude, leadership, creativity, kindness, love and all the rest. More than 30 authors contributed stories to this book, including George Vaillant, the 35-year director of Harvard's Study of Adult Development. Many leaders in the positive psychology field endorse the book, including the 'father of positive psychology' Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman. He writes: "My friend, Chris Peterson, would have loved this book. It brings to life with personal stories, practical recommendations, wisdom, and humor the dry scholarship that he (with an assist from me) did in Character Strengths and Virtues. Chris was very down-to-earth and I am sure he would have concurred in my enthusiastically recommending this book to everyone who works with character strengths in the real world."~ Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness and Flourish. Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to a scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania in honor of the lead researcher of character strengths, the late Christopher Peterson. This scholarship supports the education of future practitioners of positive psychology. This is the third book in the Positive Psychology News series, joining Resilience: How to Navigate Life's Curves and Gratitude: How to Appreciate Life's Gifts. Bottom line, this book is bound to make you learn something new, be inspired about humanity and have a chance to play with character strengths. This book will make you happier.

The Power of Character Strengths

The Power of Character Strengths Author : RYAN M. NIEMIEC
Release : 2019-02-27
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ISBN : 9780578434292
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Carry this book in your back pocket. Let it become your faithful friend that nudges you, at every point in your journey, to unlock your potential. No matter where you are in life--searching for happiness, working toward a goal, longing for a better relationship, or feeling content and settled--focusing on your character strengths adds a whole new dimension. Recent research shows that when you understand and activate your positive personality traits, you become more resilient, manage stress better, and find greater fulllment in life. In The Power of Character Strengths: Appreciate and Ignite Your Positive Personality, you'll be expertly guided by leading authorities through your 24 strengths. You'll soon see all the ways these strengths are your best-kept secret for boostingyour well-being. Discover how to appreciate what's best in you and champion strengths in the people you care about most. As a bonus, you'll practice putting your strengths into action with Strengths Builder, an easy-to-learn, four-step, research-backed program.Your adventure lies ahead, and The Power of Character Strengths is your must-have resource for building your best life!

Mindfulness and Character Strengths

Mindfulness and Character Strengths Author : Ryan M. Niemiec
Release : 2013-06-01
Publisher : Hogrefe Publishing
ISBN : 1613343760
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Looking for the latest research and practices on character strengths and mindfulness? Curious about how character strengths can supercharge your mindfulness practice? Or how mindfulness can help you deploy your best qualities? Look no further – the answers are in this book! At the core of this hands-on resource for psychologists and other practitioners, including educators, coaches, and consultants, is Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP), the first structured program to combine mindfulness with the character strengths laid out in the VIA Institute’s classification developed by Drs. Martin E. P. Seligman and Christopher Peterson. This 8-session program systematically boosts awareness and application of character strengths, helping people flourish and lead more fulfilling lives. The author’s vast experience working with both mindfulness and character strengths is revealed in his sensitive and clear presentation of the conceptual, practical, and scientific elements of this unique combined approach. It is not only those who are new to mindfulness or to character strengths who will appreciate the detailed primers on these topics in the first section of the book. And the deep discussions about the integration of mindfulness and character strengths in the second section will benefit not just intermediate and advanced practitioners. The third section then leads readers step-by-step through each of the 8 MBSP sessions, including details of session structure and content, suggested homework, 30 practical handouts, as well as inspiring quotes and stories and useful practitioner tips. An additional chapter discusses the adaption of MBSP to different settings and populations (e.g., business, education, individuals, couples). The mindfulness and character strengths meditations on the accompanying CD support growth and development. This highly accessible book, while primarily conceived for psychologists, educators, coaches, and consultants, is suitable for anyone who is interested in living a flourishing life.

Character Strenghts Interventions

Character Strenghts Interventions Author : Niemiec, Ryan M.
Release : 2017-06-30
Publisher : Hogrefe Publishing
ISBN : 1613344929
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The definitive, practical handbook on positive psychology and character strengths for practitioners working in coaching, psychology, education, and business – start using strengths today! This book is the epitome of positive psychology: it takes the “backbone” of positive psychology – character strengths – and builds a substantive bridge between the science and practice. Working with client’s (and our own) character strengths boosts well-being, fosters resilience, improves relationships, and creates strong, supportive cultures in our practices, classrooms, and organizations. This unique guide brings together the vast experience of the author with the science and the practice of positive psychology in such a way that both new and experienced practitioners will benefit. New practitioners will learn about the core concepts of character and signature strengths and how to fine-tune their approach and troubleshoot. Experienced practitioners will deepen their knowledge about advanced topics such as strengths overuse and collisions, hot button issues, morality, and integrating strengths with savoring, flow, and mindfulness. Hands-on practitioner tips throughout the book provide valuable hints on how to take a truly strengths-based approach. The 24 summary sheets spotlighting each of the universal character strengths are an indispensable resource for client sessions, succinctly summarizing the core features of and research on each strength. 70 evidence-based step-by-step activity handouts can be given to clients to help them develop character strengths awareness and use, increase resilience, set and meet goals, develop positive relationships, and find meaning and engagement in their daily lives. No matter what kind of practitioner you are, this one-of-a-kind field-guide is a goldmine in science-based applications. You’ll be able to immediately bring the science of well-being into action!

Character Strengths and Virtues

Character Strengths and Virtues Author : Christopher Peterson
Release : 2004-04-08
Publisher : Oxford University Press
ISBN : 9780198037330
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"Character" has become a front-and-center topic in contemporary discourse, but this term does not have a fixed meaning. Character may be simply defined by what someone does not do, but a more active and thorough definition is necessary, one that addresses certain vital questions. Is character a singular characteristic of an individual, or is it composed of different aspects? Does character--however we define it--exist in degrees, or is it simply something one happens to have? How can character be developed? Can it be learned? Relatedly, can it be taught, and who might be the most effective teacher? What roles are played by family, schools, the media, religion, and the larger culture? This groundbreaking handbook of character strengths and virtues is the first progress report from a prestigious group of researchers who have undertaken the systematic classification and measurement of widely valued positive traits. They approach good character in terms of separate strengths-authenticity, persistence, kindness, gratitude, hope, humor, and so on-each of which exists in degrees. Character Strengths and Virtues classifies twenty-four specific strengths under six broad virtues that consistently emerge across history and culture: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence. Each strength is thoroughly examined in its own chapter, with special attention to its meaning, explanation, measurement, causes, correlates, consequences, and development across the life span, as well as to strategies for its deliberate cultivation. This book demands the attention of anyone interested in psychology and what it can teach about the good life.

Does Character Matter?

Does Character Matter? Author : Richard V. Reeves
Release : 2015-05-15
Publisher : Brookings Institution Press
ISBN : 081572747X
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Richard Reeves introduces this collection of short essays with a challenge: “I defy you to find a richer set of writings on the philosophical, empirical, and practical issues raised by a focus on character, and in particular its relationship to questions of opportunity.” The evidence? The works of sixteen thoughtful skeptics of and enthusiasts for the public endeavor of character cultivation. The authors in this collection provide differing political perspectives to give at least equal weight to the moral dimensions of character as well as strong demands to honor individual free will and individual development. This collection includes essays that draw attention to the gendered nature of character formation; stress the importance of culture and social norms; and explain the impact of chronic stress in the early years. Still others argue that the construction of a policy agenda for the cultivation of character poses a stark challenge to the partisan culture of contemporary politics, but may also alleviate it by reinvigoratingcommunity life. As Reeves writes, don’t take his word for it. Read the essays and see for yourself.

Positive Psychology Coaching

Positive Psychology Coaching Author : Robert Biswas-Diener
Release : 2007-04-20
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
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Positive Psychology is the practice turning psychology from a medical model toward a strengths model--in other words, helping clients not by focusing on their mental deficits and illness, but by helping them shore up their strengths and thereby lead a happier, more fulfilling life.

A Primer in Positive Psychology

A Primer in Positive Psychology Author : Christopher Peterson
Release : 2006-07-27
Publisher : Oxford University Press
ISBN : 0195188330
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Positive psychology is the scientific study of what goes right in life, from birth to death and at all stops in between. It is a newly-christened approach within psychology that takes seriously the examination of that which makes life most worth living. Everyone's life has peaks and valleys, and positive psychology does not deny the valleys. Its signature premise is more nuanced, but nonetheless important: what is good about life is as genuine as what is bad and, therefore, deserves equal attention from psychologists. Positive psychology as an explicit perspective has existed only since 1998, but enough relevant theory and research now exist to fill a textbook suitable for a semester-long college course.A Primer in Positive Psychology is thoroughly grounded in scientific research and covers major topics of concern to the field: positive experiences such as pleasure and flow; positive traits such as character strengths, values, and talents; and the social institutions that enable these subjects as well as what recent research might contribute to this knowledge. Every chapter contains exercises that illustrate positive psychology, a glossary, suggestions of articles and books for further reading, and lists of films, websites, and popular songs that embody chapter themes.A comprehensive overview of positive psychology by one of the acknowledged leaders in the field, this textbook provides students with a thorough introduction to an important area of psychology.

Pursuing the Good Life

Pursuing the Good Life Author : Christopher Peterson
Release : 2013-01-10
Publisher : Oxford University Press
ISBN : 0199916357
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Reveals small but significant actions people can take to lead happier lives, offering reflections on such topics as family, relationships, work, school, sports, emotions, and experiences.

The Evolution of Character

The Evolution of Character Author : Sylvia Brody
Release : 1992
Publisher : International Universities PressInc
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This is a third report of a research endeavor that began in 1963, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. It was originally intended to learn about vicissitudes of oral phase experience among normal infants, following from a pioneer pilot study described by the principal investigator in Patterns of Mothering in 1956. Direct observations and films (distributed by the Extension Media Center, University of California Berkeley, CA 94704) of mother-infant interactions at intervals during the infants' first year of life, in 131 cases, indicated that types of maternal behavior, distinguished statistically and clinically, were stable through the infants' first year. Significant relations, although not hypothesized, were found between types of maternal behavior and qualities of infant development, and were described in Anxiety and Ego Formation, by Sylvia Brody and her late husband, Sidney Axelrad, in 1970. A follow-up study of 121 of the children by means of psychological tests, direct observations, and films of mother-child interactions in the children's ages two to seven was funded by the William T. Grant Foundation. Significant relations were found between the children's psychological maturity and both parents' behavior with and attitudes toward them. These findings and 10 clinical studies of father-child relations were described by the same authors in Mothers, Fathers, and Children, in 1978. Unique data, derived from systematic analyses of the children's responses to the Children's Apperception Test stories at age seven, not previously published, are included in this volume. A search for the subjects at their age 18 found 91 available for further study. They received a battery of diagnostic examinations by clinical psychologists and were interviewed by the principal investigator. Four independent variables, maternal adequacy in the infant's first year, and the subject's IQ, socio-economic status, and sex, were correlated with 39 dependent clinical variables. Maternal adequacy and IQ were found to be the ones significantly related to the clinical variables at age 18. The hypothesis regarding significant relations between the quality of experience in the first year of life and the quality of ego, superego, and character formation near the end of adolescence was supported in the large majority of cases. Unusual in this account are the clinical studies of the 13 subjects whose development did not support the hypothesis, with discussion of the plausible reasons for their "exceptional" outcome. Added information about them up to age 22 and beyond gives further support to the clinical presentations. The history of one female subject from birth to early adulthood is given in moderate detail, and that of two male subjects of similar socioeconomic status and similar IQs in childhood, over the same time span, are given in extensive detail. Theoretical chapters deal with the definition of character, relations among the anxieties that arise in infancy and childhood, and early contributions to ego and superego formation. Character is understood to evolve from preoedipal, oedipal, and postoedipal conflicts and experiences.

Your Strengths Blueprint

Your Strengths Blueprint Author : MS Michelle L McQuaid Mapp
Release : 2014-10-27
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ISBN : 9780987271419
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Are you ready to make your work just a little bit easier and a lot more enjoyable? Would you like to unleash the potential of the people in your team? Do you want to enhance your business goals of employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and profitability? Then this book is your blueprint to discovering, developing, and delivering on your strengths at work-those things you're good at and actually enjoy doing. With more than a decade of senior leadership experience in organizations around the world, best-selling author Michelle McQuaid and her colleague Erin Lawn share their combined knowledge of applied positive psychology in Your Strengths Blueprint: How to be Engaged, Energized, and Happy at Work, to guide readers on how developing strengths can improve your confidence, wellbeing, and performance at work. With one study finding that using your strengths can boost your happiness more than a $10,000 pay rise, this book will help you to: Explore tested tools to help you discover what your strengths are, including a detailed breakdown on how to use the twenty-four character strengths as outlined in the Values in Action (VIA) Survey at work. Create a step-by-step, busy-proof plan to put your strengths to work each day no matter what your job description says. Embed a strengths-based approach into your organization with templates for recruitment, performance management, and performance reviews. Now is the time to strive for a strengths-fueled future. Discover how to nurture your strengths and unleash your inner potential to find new and exciting pathways at work.

Grit

Grit Author : Ramona Siddoway
Release : 2013-07-15
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ISBN : 9781448895601
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There are certain character strengths that can more than make up for various obstacles to learning and success in life. Grit is one of these character strengths. Manifesting variously as persistence, undaunted courage, determination, steadfastness, and a refusal to back down in the face of adversity, grit is a character strength that can lead to success no matter how high the obstacles. Readers learn how to acquire and demonstrate grit in their daily lives, practicing it over and over until it becomes an integral part of their personality, thought, behavior, and character. Real-life role models--both everyday teens and celebrities--help illustrate the journey to and the rich rewards of approaching life with an unshakable spirit of grit. This text lends itself very well to certain of the reading and analysis standards of the Common Core Curriculum for informational texts, affording readers the opportunity to summarize text, determine central ideas and identify supporting details, trace and evaluate an argument and its details, analyze how ideas and claims are developed, and determining an author's point of view and purpose.

Positive Development

Positive Development Author : Christopher Peterson
Release : 2004
Publisher : SAGE Publications, Incorporated
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How can we promote the mental health of adolescents? Although there have been decades of work focusing on eliminating or reducing psychological problems in children and adolescents through psychopathology, clinical psychology, and psychiatry, isn't the ultimate goal for children to be safe, healthy, happy, moral, and fully engaged in life? The papers in this special issue of The ANNALS depart from the tradition of a disease-based model, where well-being is defined by the absence of distress and disorder. Although the authors recognize that decreasing negative aspects is an important step in promoting health among children and teens, they challenge the conventional approaches and call for increased attention to the positive aspect of human development. The articles in this issue are an important addition to the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands' call for an Adolescent Mental Health Initiative, which was a series of conferences in 2003 at the University of Pennsylvania. This further one commission, led by Martin Seligman, was created to address positive youth development and its relevance to adolescent mental health. Providing a dramatic shift in perspective, these papers include innovative research topics and offer a solid framework for the idea of positive youth development including the history of positive youth development, highlights of effective positive youth programs, evaluation studies of a variety of interventions, examples of theory-based interventions, and more. Scholars, students, practitioners, and policymakers in the child and adolescent field will find this issue of The ANNALS a critical resource. It offers a refreshing position that emphasizes positive human development and strives toward the vision of young people who are satisfied with their life, who have identified their talents and use them in a variety of fulfilling pursuits, and who are contributing members of our society.

Authentic

Authentic Author : Stephen Joseph
Release : 2016-09-01
Publisher : Hachette UK
ISBN : 0349404852
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The hunger for authenticity guides us throughout our lives. People strive for joined-up living, where on the one hand what they say and do reflects what they think and feel, and on the other what they think and feel reflects who they are. Stephen Joseph has pioneered developments in research into authenticity, drawing on the solid science of positive psychology to develop what has become one of the gold-standard tests for assessing authenticity. His and others' findings reveal that when people are in relationships in which they feel accepted, understood and valued, they drop their defences. They naturally begin to examine themselves psychologically, accommodate new information and live more authentically. What's more, the latest studies reveal that it is authenticity that leads to true happiness. In Authentic, Stephen Joseph presents his fresh and inspiring perspective on the psychology of authenticity alongside practical advice and exercises for the reader. Drawing on the wisdom of existential philosophers, the insights and research of psychologists, and case studies from his own and others' clinical experiences, he shows how authenticity is the foundation of human flourishing - as well as how the ideas relate to debates about the importance of happiness.

Your Strengths Blueprint: How to Be Engaged, Energized, and Happy at Work

Your Strengths Blueprint: How to Be Engaged, Energized, and Happy at Work Author : Michelle McQuaid
Release : 2014-11-03
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ISBN : 9781503020863
File Size : 41.24 MB
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Are you ready to make your work just a little bit easier and a lot more enjoyable? Would you like to unleash the potential of the people in your team? Do you want to enhance your business goals of employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and profitability? Then this book is your blueprint to discovering, developing, and delivering on your strengths at work-those things you're good at and actually enjoy doing. With more than a decade of senior leadership experience in organizations around the world, best-selling author Michelle McQuaid and her colleague Erin Lawn share their combined knowledge of applied positive psychology in Your Strengths Blueprint: How to be Engaged, Energized, and Happy at Work, to guide readers on how developing strengths can improve your confidence, wellbeing, and performance at work. With one study finding that using your strengths can boost your happiness more than a $10,000 pay rise, this book will help you to: Explore tested tools to help you discover what your strengths are, including a detailed breakdown on how to use the twenty-four character strengths as outlined in the Values in Action (VIA) Survey at work. Create a step-by-step, busy-proof plan to put your strengths to work each day no matter what your job description says. Embed a strengths-based approach into your organization with templates for recruitment, performance management, and performance reviews. Now is the time to strive for a strengths-fueled future. Discover how to nurture your strengths and unleash your inner potential to find new and exciting pathways at work.

A Matter of Character

A Matter of Character Author : Ronald Kessler
Release : 2004
Publisher :
ISBN : 9781595230140
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A look at the real George W. Bush behind the public image draws on interviews with key players in the Bush administration, as well as with friends and colleagues, to reveal a man of clearly defined moral instinct and leadership style.

Positive Psychology on the College Campus

Positive Psychology on the College Campus Author : John C. Wade
Release : 2015-07-07
Publisher : Oxford University Press
ISBN : 0199892733
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The field of positive psychology has blossomed over the past fifteen years due to its uplifting perspective as well as research findings demonstrating the effectiveness of its practical applications for enhancing individual and organizational well-being. The concepts within positive psychology including focusing on personal strengths, positive emotions, well-being, and factors related to success and thriving can connect with an inner sense of hope and motivation for growth and constructive change. There is a congruency between these concepts of positive psychology and the focus on development, acquiring knowledge and skills, and nurturing of talent and potential that defines higher education. Indeed, positive psychology offers a refreshing and valuable framework for the programs and activities found in academic and student affairs departments. Positive Psychology on the College Campus provides innovative and practical strategies that can be employed with students to enhance both their personal development and educational experiences. Individual chapters, all written by experts in their fields, describe research and offer approaches for readers to use with students. With its wide-ranging topics and distinguished contributors, Positive Psychology on the College Campus is a must-have resource for all those who work with college students, including academic advisors, administrators, counselors, faculty, residence-life staff, and student-activities staff. In fact, no matter where your office may be located on the campus map, positive psychology can be applied to your work.