It's tough to stay optimistic at work in a time of budget cuts, unit reorganizations, and staff reductions. You can't always control what happens at work, but you can control how you respond. We will discuss concrete, research-tested tips for maintaining a positive, optimistic attitude, which can play an important role in reducing stress and promoting better mental and physical health.
Pioneered by Dr. Martin Seligman, positive psychology's principle tenet is that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives. Understanding positive emotions, positive individual traits and positive institutions are believed to be important in thriving and doing well.
The Greater Good Science Center is an interdisciplinary research center promoting the science of a meaningful life through research, scholarship and dissemination of information to the general public, through media such as online videos and podcasts in its Science of a Meaningful Life series. Similarly, the Greater Good Science Center has speakers, such as Jon Kabat-Zinn and Fred Luskin, give talks about leading a better life and mindfulness. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center.
Jeremy Adam Smith both writes for and manages the Greater Good website. He was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford, and he has authored and co-authored several books and essays, including The Daddy Shift and Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood. Additionally, he has co-edited two Greater Good Science Center Anthologies: The Compassionate Instinct and Are We Born Racist? His works have appeared in several publications, including The San Francisco Chronicle, BusinessWeek.com and the Nation. He has also been interviewed by the New Times, NPR and BBC World in connection to his work on gender equity and fatherhood.