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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Stressed by work? You can tap your own resilience

Martin Seligman of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses his new co-authored book, “TOMORROWMIND,” which shows how people can meet future challenges while thriving in the workplace.


Psychology Today

Moral virtues and character strengths across the life span

Martin Seligman of the School of Arts & Sciences is lauded for convening a 2005 meeting at Penn of the world’s leading experts in the emerging field of positive psychology.



How to manage catastrophic thinking

A study of soldiers by Martin Seligman of the School of Arts & Sciences found a correlation between catastrophizing and greater risk of PTSD.



Art museum visitors must experience positive and negative emotions to work toward empathy

A study by Katherine N. Cotter and James O. Pawelski of the School of Arts & Sciences suggests that the wellbeing of art museum visitors should receive greater attention as a goal.



Wharton professor on how to really achieve your goals

Katy Milkman of the Wharton School discusses her book “How to Change,” which offers science-backed tips to turn New Year’s resolutions into reality.



Three minutes a day can boost your happiness

A quoted study from Martin Seligman of the School of Arts & Sciences found that writing down three good things that happened at the end of each day led to long-term increases in happiness and decreases in depressive symptoms.