Barbara Fredrickson:<br /><br />You have — within you — the fuel to thrive and to flourish,<br />and to leave this world in better shape than you found it.<br />Sometimes you tap into this fuel – other times you don’t.<br />But the sad fact is that most people have no idea<br />how to tap into this fuel or even recognize it when they do.<br />Where is this fuel within you?<br /><br />You tap into it whenever you feel energized and excited by new ideas.<br />You tap into it whenever you feel at one with your surroundings, at peace.<br />You tap into it whenever you feel playful, creative, or silly.<br />You tap into it whenever you feel your soul stirred by the sheer beauty of existence.<br />You tap into it whenever you feel connected to others and loved.<br />In short, you tap into it whenever positive emotions resonate within you.<br /><br />(Keys notes from the Copenhagen Conference on Positive Psychology 2010)
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Many scholars labor in obscurity, but the researchers presenting their work this summer at a meeting of the International Positive Psychology Association had no such problem: More than 1,500 people from 52 countries came to listen. They packed the ballroom of the Philadelphia Sheraton for the keynote speakers, Martin E.P. Seligman and Philip G. Zimbardo, whose talks were projected onto four giant video screens. They filled the aisles for a lecture by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, until hotel security arrived to dislodge them. Between panel sessions, they lined up to ask scholars like Barbara L. Fredrickson to sign books and pose for photos.
"To see this number of people here 10 years after Marty [Seligman] founded positive psychology is a remarkable achievement," Ed Diener, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and president of the association, told the enthusiastic crowd. "We've made huge inroads."
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