I completed my master's degree in applied positive psychology, which is the scientific study of psychological well-being, happiness and human flourishing. While things like practicing gratitude and performing random acts of kindness were more obvious paths to happiness, there were some very surprising things I learned that transformed the way I thought and lived my life.
Founder and President, Canadian Positive Psychology Association
Louisa is the Founder and President of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association and a Facilitator and Speaker with more than 16 years of experience working with leaders and teams to build positive and productive workplaces. <br> <br> In November of 2007 she embarked on a national study to research happiness at work and she uses this vast body of information to help leaders improve performance while also improving employee well-being. As the Resilience and Stress Reduction expert for the Thorpe Benefits Wellness program, she works extensively with organizations teaching employees strategies for improving psychological health and maintaining a healthy workplace. Louisa is a graduate of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania For more information, visit <a href="http://www.positivematters.com" rel="nofollow">www.positivematters.com</a>
Often times we only hear about highly successful people after they have become successful so we are unaware of their struggles to the top. Defined as perseverance and passion for long-term goals, grit is the new black when it comes to achieving success. These findings on grit are encouraging reminding us that no matter what our background, what school we went to or our IQ score, hard work and perseverance can make us successful.
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<img alt="2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png" width="300" height="40" /> As we are midst the excitement of the summer Olympics, it's only fitting to begin with how positive psychology contributes to better Olympic performance. Dr. Martin Seligman, commonly known as the founding father of positive psychology, performed a fascinating experiment published in the journal of Psychological Science in 1990.
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