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The Wall Street Journal

Is the secret to happiness having a gratitude practice?

Martin E.P. Seligman of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about the benefits of gratitude practices: “Humans are built to attend to the things that go badly in our lives. A lot of the exercises in positive psychology are ways of teaching people to savor and pay attention to what goes well.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

How to make good habits stick

Katy Milkman of the Wharton School was interviewed about her research on motivation and establishing good habits. Milkman co-led a study on exercise habits with more than 60,000 participants.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Finding Flow: When work feels like play

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences wrote about the legacy on Mihaly “Mike” Csikszentmihalyi and the importance of encouraging young people to pursue activities that put them in a flow state.

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The New York Times

Go ahead. Fantasize

Martin Seligman of the School of Arts & Sciences said dreaming about the future can help people live well in the present. “Imagining the future—we call this skill prospection—and prospection is subserved by a set of brain circuits that juxtapose time and space and get you imagining things well and beyond the here and now,” he said. “The essence of resilience about the future is: How good a prospector are you?”

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The Wall Street Journal

The one thing you can control right now: Yourself

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences said self-control is more difficult when people are under extreme stress. “You can think of self-control as bandwidth,” she says. “And right now, it’s divided.”

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Morning Edition (NPR)

How the coronavirus has upended college admissions

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke at the annual conference for the Common Application about factoring “personal qualities” into the admissions process. "Whatever you call them, the take-home message is these things matter, and in some cases matter as much as IQ," she said.

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