Positive instruction in music studios: Introducing a new model for teaching studio music in schools based upon positive psychology

This prac­tice paper explores the inter­sec­tion of school studio-music peda­gogy and posi­tive psychology in order to enhance students’ learning and engage­ment. The paper has a prac­ti­tioner focus and puts forward a new model of studio teaching, the Posi­tive Instruc­tion in Music Studios (PIMS) model that guides teachers through four key posi­tive psychology processes that can be used in a music lesson: posi­tive priming, strengths spot­ting, posi­tive pause, and process praise. The model provides a new, posi­tively oriented approach to studio-music peda­gogy that can be inte­grated into specific methods-based programs to enhance student learning and engage­ment. · Go to Posi­tive instruc­tion in music studios: Intro­ducing a new model for teaching studio music in schools based upon posi­tive psychology →

The social construction of stories

From Edge: I went for dinner with a friend who spent the whole of the evening complaining about her job, her boss, her colleagues, and her commute. Every­thing about her day-to-day expe­ri­ences was miser­able. Then, at the end of dinner, she said, “I love where I work.” That’s quite common. She was working for an orga­ni­za­tion where she’d always wanted to work, her parents were proud, her friends were jealous. How could she not be happy when she thought about the story of how happy she was where she was working? Her experiences—day-to-day and moment-to-moment—were telling her some­thing quite different. · Go to The social construc­tion of stories →

The Signature Strength Test reveals your top 5 strengths, and they may surprise you

As human beings we tend to focus on our personal nega­tives instead of looking at our strengths. By taking this signa­ture strength test, designed at Univer­sity of Penn­syl­vania, you can finally see what your strengths really are — and whether the ones you come up with match the ones that you might have guessed for your­self. · Go to The Signa­ture Strength Test reveals your top 5 strengths, and they may surprise you →

21 days to happiness with Shawn Achor

From Oprah: Powerful, posi­tive and prac­tical happi­ness habits that build joy—in less than 5 minutes everyday. Over 40 lesson videos with Shawn where he will guide you to master the skill of happi­ness in your own life. Shawn’s Happi­ness Secret—revealing how to inspire happi­ness in others. A person­ality assess­ment to help you answer the ques­tion “How happy are YOU?” · Go to 21 days to happi­ness with Shawn Achor →

Does trying to be happy make us unhappy?

From Adam Grant: As we muddle through our days, the quest for happi­ness looms large. In the U.S., citi­zens are granted three inalien­able rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happi­ness. The kingdom of Bhutan created a national index to measure happi­ness. But what if searching for happi­ness actu­ally prevents us from finding it? There’s reason to believe that the quest for happi­ness might be a recipe for misery. · Go to Does trying to be happy make us unhappy? →

Pharrell Williams on the ‘happy’ phenomenon

From NY Times: Happi­ness is a human right. It’s neither a luxury nor a triv­i­ality. It’s given to you at birth, but you must recog­nize its exis­tence. It’s as impor­tant as the breath of air in your lungs. If people aren’t happy, the world is not right. Most people think that once they have found “it” — what­ever that “it” may be for them — then they will have attained “perfect” happi­ness. But happi­ness always comes from within, and many unfor­tu­nately take it for granted, or feel guilty about it or suppress happi­ness instead of setting it free. · Go to Phar­rell Williams on the ‘happy’ phenom­enon →

The 10 happiest countries in the world, and why we’re not one of them

From Fast Company: The United Nations just released its second World Happi­ness Report, which ranks coun­tries according to happi­ness levels. Nordic coun­tries are at the top this year, while the U.S., Egypt, and Greece are (surprise!) all more disgrun­tled than they were in years past. · Go to The 10 happiest coun­tries in the world, and why we’re not one of them →

Could simple things like stretching, smiling and sitting up actually make you work better?

From Fast Company: If you’re reading this while slumped over your smart­phone or hunched in front of your laptop, chances are that you’ll be less assertive with the next task you have to tackle.

Why? Because, as a growing body of research is finding, the way you hold your body shapes the way your mood will hold you. In other words, your posture predicts your feelings–and your work. · Go to Could simple things like stretching, smiling and sitting up actu­ally make you work better? →

What stops leaders from showing compassion

From Roger Schwarz: Most good people want to act compas­sion­ately at work. And recent research suggests that compas­sion also creates posi­tive outcomes in orga­ni­za­tions: People who expe­ri­ence compas­sion feel more committed to the orga­ni­za­tion and feel more posi­tive emotions at work; when people receive bad news that is deliv­ered with compas­sion, they remain more supportive of the orga­ni­za­tion; and acting with compas­sion can increase your own satis­fac­tion and miti­gate your own stress at work.

And yet even if you want to be compas­sionate with others at work, you may find it diffi­cult. You may find your­self either judging others or making assump­tions about what will happen if you are compas­sionate.

This can be espe­cially chal­lenging for leaders. As a leader, you get paid for your judg­ment. You are constantly eval­u­ating situ­a­tions and people. But that strength can become a liability when others need your compas­sion. · Go to What stops leaders from showing compas­sion →