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Active Listening: The Art of Empathetic Conversation – Positive Psychology Program
Julian Treasure claims that we are losing our hearing. And he has a point! With personal broadcasting replacing the art of conversation, and silence becoming a scarce resource, we have forgotten how to listen…

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The Courage to Show Up – Psychology Today
Best-selling author Brene Brown and Civil Rights Activist DeRay Mckesson began a Twitter exchange that sparked the attention of millions. Their conversation brought to light some of the psychological factors that create separation, fear and hate, as well as those that cultivate joy, empathy and gratitude… 


The Benefits of Emotional Awareness – Psychology Today
In the 1960s, a young American researcher traveled to Papua New Guinea to study the facial expressions of the isolated Fore people. His findings, which went against the thinking of his contemporary anthropologists, would lay the groundwork for his pioneering research on emotions, and he — Paul Ekman — would go on to become one of the most influential psychologists of the 21st century…


The 20 Best TED Talks and Videos on The Power of Gratitude – Positive Psychology Program
Here at the Positive Psychology Program, we have recently been discussing the power of gratitude from a variety of angles. Whether you have been following along all month or this is the first article you are reading, we hope these videos will help drive home the idea that feeling gratitude can be extremely powerful…

Gratitude Meditation: A Simple But Powerful Happiness Intervention – Positive Psychology Program
Gratitude meditation is a type of meditation which, as the name suggests, focuses on gratitude. This article will define gratitude meditation, discuss some of its benefits, and relate it to mindfulness. It also includes a few guided gratitude meditations, so you can start your practice today… 

Social Comparison: An Unavoidable Upward or Downward Spiral – Positive Psychology Program
Social Comparison is a well-established topic in psychology literature, where its complex positives and negatives have been widely debated. But do we really need to engage in it and will it help us in the long term? 

Mindfulness & Meditation

Top 20 Mindfulness Apps For Meditation, Eating & Awareness – Positive Psychology Program
As smartphones become more and more ubiquitous in today’s world, questions arise as to how they affect mindfulness. For example, a few years ago the Huffington Post published an article entitled “Mindfulness vs Smartphones” pitting the two against each other.

What is Mindfulness? Explained. – Positive Psychology Program
What is mindfulness? Whether you are first hearing of mindfulness or have been wondering for a while exactly what it means, it is helpful to have a definition handy. It is even more helpful to have multiple definitions.

The 7 Most Inspirational TED Talks – Positive Psychology Program
Mindfulness is the state of mental calmness achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and sensations.

Regular practice has proven to have a positive effect on your overall health and reduce stress levels significantly.
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a set of global conferences run by the Sapling Foundation. It originally focused on technology and design, but it has since broadened its focus on scientific and cultural topics.
I hope this list of mindfulness TED talks encourages you to try out mindfulness for yourself and experience its numerous benefits!

How to Live Your Life in the Present Moment – Positive Psychology Program
Present moment awareness, or living in the present is a deep human quest. A quest that has evoked much interest in recent times thanks to the success of some Eckhart Tolle’s best-selling books: The Power of Now and A New Earth. Living in the present has always been a formidable challenge to humanity, and will likely continue to be.

A (Quick) History of Meditation for Beginners – Positive Psychology Program
Meditation comes from the Latin root “meditatum”, which means “to ponder”. The first time the term “meditato” was used to refer to a step-by-step process goes back to the 12th century monk Guigo II. Truthfully, no one knows exactly when the history of meditation started except that it must have been a happy accident.


Don’t Make These 4 Common Mistakes About Self-Love – Positive Psychology Program
Self-love is arguably the most crucial asset to one’s well-being; without loving oneself, one cannot truly love another. To be full of doubt and masked in insecurities is only going to cause one to evaluate why others love them, and in turn, can push away even our closest companions.

Just be Your Selfie: Self Compassion and Self Worth on Social Media – Positive Psychology Program
Growing up, I have seen a dramatic change in how relationships, identities, and social networks operate.
Facebook in particular, is now a complex social ecosystem with 1.55 billion active daily users a month who are able to express themselves, keep informed about the news and communicate easily with friends all around the globe (Facebook, 2015).

Self-Compassion: Pro’s, Cons, Do’s and Don’ts – Positive Psychology Program
Self-compassion has been described as being kind to oneself, especially during suffering, realizing that pain is universal, and the ability to face pain without drama.
It is separate from self-esteem, even though they have a lot in common. How does self-compassion relate to positive affects and personality types?