Well-Being

When do people benefit from gratitude practice?

Accumulating research shows that gratitude exercises are effective for improving well-being but the pattern of results also suggests that moderators are likely at play. Researchers have begun investigating moderators of gratitude exercise impact but it remains unclear which are most important....

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Positive impact by design: The Wales Centre for Behaviour Change

The Wales Centre for Behaviour Change is a research project that aims to integrate positive psychology with emerging technologies and behavioral science to promote prosperity and well-being. The behavioral focus emphasizes choice architectures and environmental triggers in their influence on positive change....

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Salutogenisis and coaching: Testing a proof of concept to develop a model for practitioners

This paper presents findings from a proof of concept pilot study that explored the usefulness of a new Salutogenic model in coaching practice....

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Cost-effectiveness of online positive psychology: Randomized controlled trial

As yet no evidence is available about the cost-effectiveness of positive psychological interventions. When offered via the Internet these interventions may be particularly cost-effective because they are highly scalable and do not rely on scant resources such as therapists’ time....

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Better Days - A randomized controlled trial of an internet-based positive psychology intervention

The internet seems promising for delivering interventions to enhance well-being in a normal population. The aim of this study was to test the effects of an internet-based positive psychology intervention targeting gratitude pleasant activities strengths mastery acts of kindness optimism flow attributions and mindfulness....

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How personal systems coaching increases self efficacy and well-being for Israeli single mothers

This study explores the influence of personal systems coaching on self-efficacy and goals achievement. A mixed methods quasi-experimental research compared single mother degree students and included interviews and focus groups with coaches and clients....

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2014 July/August Coaching Report

At our 2013 conference, Barbara Fredrickson encouraged coaches to “make love all day long.” She didn’t mean what first crossed your mind – she is redefining love as the micro-moments where two people connect with another, like in coaching. Our brain activation and behavioral patterns sync up, like a mind meld....

The importance of emotional display rules for employee well-being: A multi-group comparison

‘Serving with a smile’ has generally been associated with negative effects for employee well-being....

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The hidden cost of value-seeking: People do not accurately forecast the economic benefits of experiential purchases

In spite of the experiential advantage people consume material items in the pursuit of happiness. We conducted three studies to determine if people commit forecasting errors when deciding between purchasing life experiences and material items....

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Cross-sectional and longitudinal predictors of wellbeing: invariance across 25 years

This study addressed: (a) whether any changes in well-being over time could be attributed to participants’ aging or to economic or historical events; (b) whether predictors (e.g....

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