Positive Psychology

What beliefs shape our minds?

Jer Clifton of the Positive Psychology Center developed a framework to study primal world beliefs, our most fundamental sentiments about the world as a whole. Now, he’s ready for everyone to discover what their primal world beliefs are.

Marilyn Perkins

How a brain tumor helped a cyclist change his life

In 2019, Chris Baccash was diagnosed with a a slow-growing malignant brain tumor. In 2021, after completing a grueling 100-mile cycling race up the Rockies, he started graduate school at Penn for a master’s degree in positive psychology.

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In the News


CNBC

I’m still single but this is why I’m quitting dating apps like Tinder and Hinge forever

Russel Ramsay of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted on the notion of uncertainty as an anxiety generator.

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The New York Times

So you wanted to get work done at the office?

Adam Grant of the Wharton School says that letting people work outside the office frees them from group think and micromanagement, allowing them to generate more and better ideas.

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CNET

Social media may be affecting your mental health. Here’s how to tell

A quoted study by Melissa Hunt of the School of Arts & Sciences and colleagues suggests that limiting social media use to 30 minutes a day can improve well-being.

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NPR

How to make your workout as fun as a video game, according to behavioral scientists

Mitesh Patel of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses how to apply gamification techniques to everyday fitness routines for motivation and enjoyment.

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CNN

Breaking bad habits: Routines trump willpower

A study co-authored by Asaf Mazar of the Wharton School finds that routines matter far more than willpower or conscious choices when it comes to breaking bad habits.

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Forbes

College admission: Thanks in advance

The Character Lab, co-founded by Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences, is cited for its resources on the positive power of gratitude.

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