05 Jan How to Make 2017 a Success (Strategies Supported by Science)

Research shows that about 40-some percent of Americans typically make New Year’s resolutions, yet less than 10% are successful in achieving their desires. Here are some tips to be successful and sustainably so: Start with the end in mind - - What do you want to be thinking and feeling next December as you reflect back on the year? Take the time to imagine how it would be if you accomplished all of your heart’s desires. Consider your career, health, finances, romance, family, friends, community, fun and personal growth. If you need a writing prompt, try this: What do I hope to...

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12 May A positive message to youth+

I’ve been working with the Governor’s Committee on Scholastic Achievement to give talks around New York to high school and college students - giving them nuggets of positive psychology that could help change the course of their lives. The best part of these programs is that they not only involve the young adults, many of whom come from tough neighborhoods, but also include their adult mentors at high power organizations like JP Morgan Chase and the Boston Consulting Group. There’s something about the diversity of these groups that is just magical - and there’s something about the power of positive psychology...

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17 Mar Why Sandra Bullock Won The Oscar

It’s simple: successful people think differently. This is why Sandra Bullock won the Oscar. Sure, she’s a good actor and had an amazing opportunity with _The Blind Side_ , a powerful story about an emotionally evolving character. Bullock had a believable performance, grounded in a level of authenticity and transparency that we can all benefit from incorporating more of into our lives. * But how did she get that part? How did she win? * In Positive Psychology we call it GRIT - the passion AND perseverance required to achieve long-term goals. Gritty people are successful because they triumph through tribulations and...

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