Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Positive Psychology Masters Degree Offered

Science & Theology News: "Starting in September, the University of Pennsylvania will offer the world�s first master�s program in positive psychology. Officially titled the master of applied positive psychology, this program is intended to augment students� professional degrees by inviting them to learn the history of positive psychology and join the movement. Students graduate from the program having learned techniques for incorporating the principles of positive psychology into their lives and jobs. . . ." - There's a recipe for resilience - There's a recipe for resilience: ". . . Doctors doubted the 28-year-old investment banker would survive. One even told her parents, 'It might be better for all if Trisha died.'
But she didn't die. She awoke from a 12-day coma to an apparently shattered life. A Phi Beta Kappa with two graduate degrees from Yale, Meili had been on the fast track to a vice presidency at Salomon Brothers. Now she couldn't even walk, talk, read or button her own blouse.
Sixteen years later, this same woman drew a standing ovation after a polished speech on recovering from trauma. She spoke at the American Psychiatric Association meeting in Atlanta last month. She'll also address the American Psychological Association in August in Washington, D.C.
Meili didn't just survive; she thrived and grew. . . ."

Bradenton Herald | 06/18/2005 | THE MEANING OF HAPPINESS

Bradenton Herald | 06/18/2005 | THE MEANING OF HAPPINESS: ". . . What we used to take for granted now has come under the microscope. Amazing research is being done on what makes us happy, how happiness affects our health, whether some of our brains are more wired toward happiness than others.
All of which makes us wonder about the basics: What IS this thing we know when we feel it, but it seems so hard to put a finger on? Just what constitutes happiness?
The sensation of a shared sunset with someone you love? A really good steak? A raise? A child's smile? A thumbs-up from the doctor? Finally conquering a fear, maybe finally giving up smoking?
'Happiness,' says my friend David, 'is a snapshot.'
Moments, he means. Moments that bring us pleasure, peace, absolute joy. Those we can call upon when we're driving home or taking a walk; when we're feeling wistful or wonderful; when we close our eyes, look out the window, stare into a roaring fire or a sky full of stars. . . ."