Join us in January; we'll will have wine in that coffee cup!

12 Dec Save the Date: Author Louisa Jewell, MAPP in Philadelphia this January for a Book Club

[caption id="attachment_2246" align="alignleft" width="300"] Join us in January; we'll will have wine in that coffee cup![/caption] Have you been stopping yourself from going after the life you really want?  That’s going to end in 2018. Join me and my dear friend, Louisa Jewell, author of Wire Your Brain for Confidence; The Science of Conquering Self-Doubt, on January 15th at 7pm, for an up-close and personal discussion about her newly launched book!  Louisa is going to share her best strategies for conquering self-doubt in your life and building a more action-oriented kind of confidence that will break down any barriers you have to...

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17 Jun Current BIO!

Lou·is [n. loo-is] A·lloro [uh-lohr-o], M.Ed., MAPP is a change-agent working with individuals and organizations to enable positive evolution, even through the most difficult challenges. He is one of the first 100 people in the world to earn a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. For his second Master degree in the Foundations of Education, he studied power, identity, and voice. Louis is cofounder and director of a 6-month Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program (now in 7 cities!), designer of a city-wide, positive mental health intervention called SOMO Leadership Labs, and a senior fellow at George Mason...

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04 Jun Here is my entrance application to the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at Upenn (2007)

The essay that changed my life . . . For some time now, I have been thinking that I when my time comes, I’d like my tombstone to read, “It feels good to feel good” – simply because it does. I have learned this lesson through my education, life experiences, trials, tribulations, and everything in between on my constant search for the “good life.” However, I still remain puzzled as to why or how some people never adopt this way of life, why some people remain victims of their own dysfunctions, why some people live life spewing a negative energy that increasingly...

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02 Mar 6 years ago, my zeal

This is my application essay to the University of Pennsylvania Master in Applied Positive Psychology program, which I wrote in March, 2008. In a quest to clean up files on my computer, I found it tonight and it makes me smile to know I am still on my path towards freedom. *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  * For some time now, I have been thinking that I when my time comes, I’d like my tombstone to read, “It feels...

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26 Mar SuperOrganisms

I see an opportunity to connect and leverage the seemingly disparate individuals, organizations, and initiatives in and around Cleveland, Oh (and other places) that are out for similar outcomes: helping people connect (build social & emotional intelligences), become more mindful, and increase health, wealth, and well-being in (r)evolutionary, groundbreaking, earthshattering ways. There’s increasingly more and more of us realizing that our calling here is to do this work in facilitating change. There’s great power we have, then, to align and integrate the various smaller, bounded instances of positive organizing distributed across a community into a superorganism. The technical definition of a superorganism...

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10 Oct Keeping Chris Peterson in the present tense

The field of positive psychology lost a great friend and contributor today: Dr. Chris Peterson (1950-2012). [caption id="attachment_934" align="alignleft" width="321"] RIP CP.And thank you.[/caption] You may know Dr. Peterson as the guy who researched the VIA: the character strengths inventory we use often in SOMO Leadership Labs. (We're also using his book in SOMO 300!) He put a lot of work into this tool, combing the world's many moral texts for a ubiquitous classification of strengths and virtues. I know him as Chris, one of my professors in grad school. What an amazing teacher: humorous, zestful (in his own way) and wise -...

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10 Oct Friend of Dorothy: Character Strength in The Wizard of Oz

  Bringing Positive Psychology Home: There’s No Place Like It   “In these days of wars and rumors of wars, haven’t you ever dreamed of a place where there was peace and security, where living was not a struggle but a lasting delight?” (Capra, 1937) Louis J. Alloro   Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for                                             Character Strengths & Virtues, MAPP 701 Positive Psychology Center University of Pennsylvania   January 21, 2008  Friend of Dorothy I have always been a “friend of Dorothy” (even before I knew what it meant, or, was comfortable with my own gayness) so watching The Wizard of Oz through a positive psychology lens was a real...

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