Five Ways to Celebrate World Gratitude Day with Your Family

Posted by Melissa Tassoni on Sep 21, 2020 6:00:00 AM

September 21, 2020 is World Gratitude Day, and we’d like you and the children in your life to join in the celebration with us! One of the 24 character strengths that make up the backbone of Shipley’s positive education framework, gratitude can be a powerful tool to help you flourish. Research indicates there are both emotional and physical health benefits when gratitude is practiced regularly, including: increased happiness, improved sleep and physical health, a more optimistic outlook, increased meaning and life satisfaction, stronger relationships, and greater success.

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Topics: mindfulness, positive education, PERMA, positive psychology

The Kids Are Alright! How Building Resilience Can Help Us Thrive During the COVID-19 Era

Posted by Sharron Russell on Sep 3, 2020 3:00:00 PM

For most of my career, my mantra regarding avoidance of difficulty has been, “Don’t let children believe ‘The world is dangerous,’ or ‘I can’t handle it.’ One of the problems with the COVID-19 crisis is that some activities that were previously considered normal and non-threatening (e.g. shaking hands, hugging your friends, going to school) are now considered dangerous. We are all navigating this new and seemingly ever-changing environment, determining what parts of the world are actually “dangerous.” So, my focus this year will be on the second statement, “I can’t handle it,” and helping children, adolescents, and adults replace that with a more resilient statement such as, “I can handle it,” “I got this,” or “We can do this.” At home, parents can, and should, adopt these mantras, too, so children can build resilience to handle uncertainty.

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Topics: Parenting, social emotional learning, positive education, PERMA, positive psychology

Ugh, No! Positive Psychology Is Not Just About "Being Positive"

Posted by Nick Holton on Aug 13, 2020 3:30:00 PM

In the early Autumn of 2016 I helped host a talk by Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky (whom you saw some research from in our previous post). If Marty Seligman is one of the “fathers” of the field, we ought to consider Sonja one of the “mothers.” As we waited for the crowd to gather and pile into the auditorium we were chatting about the name of the field—Positive Psychology. Sonja became visibly annoyed. “It’s a terrible name, I hate it,” she told me. I knew why. I felt (and still feel) similarly. We’d both had to endure countless interactions with audiences, students, or clients who inevitably ask, “Is it just about thinking positively?” No, no it is not. Positive Psychology, on the most basic level, is simply devoted to understanding the science of human flourishing. That scientific study has revealed an unfortunate truth. What helps us flourish is often not pleasant. 

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Topics: positive education, PERMA, positive psychology

Supporting Well-Being with PERMA+: Meaning

Posted by Shipley on May 26, 2020 9:05:24 AM

Meaning put the M in PERMA+, psychologist Martin Seligman’s scientific theory for maintaining well-being. Finding meaning in our lives looks different for all of us. For some, it may come from a spiritual or religious place. Others may find purpose through work, a vocation, or a hobby. Wherever it comes from, meaning lives beyond the individual, representing something greater than ourselves. Finding meaning has been tied to improved health, greater resilience, and increased life satisfaction. Here are some resources to help you discover it in your life.

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Topics: positive education, PERMA

Supporting Well-Being with PERMA+: Relationships

Posted by Shipley on Apr 28, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Relationships make the world go ’round, and as the “R” in PERMA, they’re vital to maintaining well-being. The need to experience positive, meaningful connections with others is a biological imperative, and we should tend to our relationships with care. It’s important for us to build healthy connections, ones in which we give and also receive the benefits of those bonds—including joy, compassion, advice, companionship, and so much more. People with positive relationships can claim healthier and longer lifespans, more resilience, better performance at work, as well as many other life perks. So how can we connect and engage meaningfully with others in a time of physical distancing? Here are some resources to help you.

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Topics: positive education, PERMA

Supporting Well-Being with PERMA: Engagement

Posted by Shipley on Apr 17, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Engagement is what you experience when an activity completely absorbs you. It’s a process, an action that puts you fully in the moment and can provide an emotional response in the form of joy, calm, or happiness. Engagement-inducing activities can also trigger a series of chemical releases in your body that create an actual physical feeling of well-being. That rush can cause you to lose track of time and transcend any sense of self-consciousness—what some refer to as Flow. 

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Topics: positive education, PERMA

9 Ways to Practice Compassion at Home and in the Greater Philadelphia Area

Posted by Shipley on Apr 16, 2020 3:30:00 PM

Compassionate Participation in the World is both a pillar of Shipley's mission and an important part of being a Shipley community member. So, how can we continue to engage in service during a time of social distancing? View these tips from Shipley's Service Learning Team for participating in Compassion in Action from home.

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Topics: PERMA, Compassion in Action

Supporting Well-Being with PERMA+: Positive Emotions

Posted by Shipley on Apr 9, 2020 2:30:00 PM
Positive Emotions put the P in PERMA, Martin Seligman's scientific theory of how to develop and maintain well-being and happiness. We all have the ability to experience a range of positive emotions—from hope and joy, to amusement and compassion—and we can all increase our capacity for them. In addition to seeking out experiences that we know will give us all those good feels, we can work on finding the best in every situation and learn how to cope when things aren't so great. Bringing these practices to life can do more than improve our outlook and emotional state, they can have a positive impact on our physical health, too. The best part of PERMA is that there are things we can all do to develop these happiness-boosting building blocks of well-being. Each month we'll update this post with resources to help you do just that.
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Topics: positive education, PERMA

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