March 20th is International Day of Happiness

By Lisa Sansom / March 18, 2014 / 0 Comments

Regular readers of this irregular blog will know that my background is in positive psychology, and that I graduated from the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania. Many of my colleagues have collaborated to produce an online positive psychology conference for March 20th, the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness. […]

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Perception of time and positive psychology

By Lisa Sansom / November 4, 2012 / 0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Philadelphia to attend the MAPP Summit, a conference put on for graduates and current students from the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania. My previous post on the conference is here. Today, I’d like to highlight one of our speakers, Dr. Kathleen […]

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HAPPY movie

By Lisa Sansom / February 12, 2012 / 1 Comment

Feb 11 was “World Happy Day”, a day launched by the makers of the HAPPY movie. To celebrate, The Screening Room here in Kingston, Ontario, showed the movie twice and I offered to facilitate a discussion after each screening. To our surprise and gratitude, both shows sold out, and well over half of the audience […]

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Faith restored

By Lisa Sansom / January 21, 2012 / 0 Comments

This morning, I met a brilliant woman. I’d like to share some of her story, because it absolutely restored my faith in humanity and the direction of the world. This woman was born in Afghanistan and lived part of her childhood in a refugee camp, seeing the war. She was born deaf, but amazingly gained […]

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The Secret of Ever-Lasting Willpower

By Lisa Sansom / January 16, 2012 / 1 Comment

How does it seem that some people are able to stare down temptation, and yet others give in all too easily? And how come so many of us feel that we exist in the second of those two groups? January, of course, is the standard time of the year for New Year’s resolutions, and the […]

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The Ease of Happiness

By Lisa Sansom / October 21, 2011 / 0 Comments

Here is a great interview with Dan Beuttner discussing what he’s learned about happiness from travelling and researching around the globe. A few notable insights from the article: In Denmark, where people have a 70% tax rate, they are incredibly happy. The social security safety net removes a lot of stress and worry. Singapore, statistically […]

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