positive emotions

Doing the best we can with what we have

By Lisa Sansom / July 12, 2013 / 3 Comments

There is a quote that is attributed to Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker, that starts like this: “Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph.” I didn’t even know this was a Zig Ziglar quote until I googled the phrase […]

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Positive job centres – free talk #5

By Lisa Sansom / December 1, 2012 / 1 Comment

My fifth “free talk on positive psychology” was delivered in the Niagara area, and the hotel where I stayed overlooked the Falls. Well, it would have had I been on the Falls side of the hotel. However, the view from the window near the elevator was lovely and I enjoyed a wonderful sunrise over the […]

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Reciprocity: what can I do for you?

By Lisa Sansom / November 9, 2012 / 3 Comments

This is the fourth article in my series about the 2012 MAPP Summit, which took place in Philadelphia October 2012. Previous articles are here and here and here.  Dr. Adam Grant was a new instructor at Wharton, as far as I recall, when I did my MAPP (Master of Applied Positive Psychology) program at the University of Pennsylvania. […]

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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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Working with teams: a strengths-based approach

By Lisa Sansom / June 4, 2012 / 0 Comments

I do a lot of work with teams and there are two specific tools that I like them to know about to increase their chances to achieving high-performance status: the positivity ratio and strengths-spotting. The positivity ratio is the notion that people, relationships and teams flourish when the ratio of positive emotions to negative emotions […]

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The power of acceptance – lessons from the Hulk

By Lisa Sansom / May 16, 2012 / 0 Comments

** Warning – this post contains movie spoilers about The Avengers ** I went out to see The Avengers a couple of nights ago, and really really really enjoyed it. It was a great summer block-buster with all of the requisite special effects, witty dialogue and big battles that you’d expect from a movie about comic book […]

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