What You’ll Learn In This Free Podcast Series

Are you curious about what it would really take to consistently bring out the best in yourself, your families, your colleagues, your organization and even your community? Would you like to help raise the global tonnage of happiness in the world to enable yourself and others to truly start flourishing? Wish you had the latest findings from the world’s leading researchers in the field of positive psychology at your fingertips, with practical ideas about how it can be applied? Recorded live at the Fourth World Congress on Positive Psychology, this is a unique behind-the-scenes opportunity to hear the latest scientific findings and research based applications from the field’s leading researchers. And in an effort to help spread their incredible work, it’s our great honor with the support of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) to give you a ringside seat to explore how you can apply the latest positive psychology findings in your life, your work and your community.

Warmest Wishes.

  • Day One
      What are the fundamental constituents of well-being, their neural bases and bio-behavioral correlates, and how they can be cultivated through mental training? And if well-being is best conceptualized as a skill that can be enhanced through training, what are the practices we should prioritize? Richard DavidsonRichard Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and the Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior – both at the UW-Madison. He is a renowned neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices, such as meditation, on the brain.
  • Day Two
      Do you have a strengths-based approach to parenting? New research suggests children whose parents deliberately identify and cultivate positive states, processes and qualities in their children to more effectively cope with stress. But exactly what do are these parents doing differently? Lea WatersLea Waters holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology and is the Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne. Her work is internationally recognized and has published and presented in the United Kingdom, Canada, U.S.A., Asia and Europe. She has implemented positive education approaches in more than 100 schools in Australia and Asia and her newest research focuses on strength based parenting.
  • Day Three
      Why do most personal and organizational change efforts fail? While initial excitement may be high following a workshop or program, more often than not people go back to where they were prior to the intervention. To enjoy change that lasts, that goes beyond the “honeymoon period,” insights must be followed up with actual behaviors and concrete rituals. Find out what Tal recommends. Tal Ben ShaharTal Ben Shahar is an author and lecturer. He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership. Today, Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations.
  • Day Four
      Could the quest for a flourishing earth be the most significant positive psychology and organization development opportunity of the 21st century? And when people in organizations work toward building a sustainable and flourishing world they too are poised to flourish in ways that elevate innovation, personal excellence, and work¬place well being? Discover how an organization’s quest for sustainable value can bring out the best not just on the outside—helping to advance a better society or world—but also bring out the best on the “inside” – in the flourishing of people, the quality of their relationships, their health and well-being, their motivation and performance, and their capacity for growth, resilience, and positive change. David CooperriderDavid Cooperrider is the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He is best known as the co-creator and creative thought leader of Appreciative Inquiry and his founding work in this field has created a positive revolution in the leadership of change around the world.
  • Day Five
      The 2015 World Happiness Report shows that almost all of the happiest countries are free-market societies, and almost all of the least happy countries are not. So how can positive psychology help countries find their own ways to balance the sometimes competing needs for dynamism and decency? Jonathon haidtJonathan Haidt is the Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University – Stern School of Business and Author of New York Times Best Seller The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. Widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of morality. His TED talks have been viewed more than 3 million times and was named a “Top 100 Global Thinker” by Foreign Policy magazine in 2012, and one of the 65 “World Thinkers of 2013” by Prospect magazine.