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To Martin Seligman, psychology (particularly its positive branch) can investigate and promote realistic ways of fostering more joy in individuals and communities. Positive psychology is a recent branch of psychology whose purpose was summed up in 1998 by Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi : "We believe that a psychology of positive human functioning will arise, which achieves a scientific understanding and effective interventions to build thriving individuals, families, and communities." [ 1 ] Positive psychologists seek "to find and nurture genius and talent" and "to make normal life more fulfilling", [ 2 ] rather than merely treating mental illness .
Propose a movement whose aim is to bottle happiness so it can be dispensed to one and all, saving humanity from a future of chronic misery, and you might expect at least a few people to roll their eyes. But, starting tomorrow, Britain's most prestigious scientific institution, the Royal Society, will host a meeting for some of the world's top psychologists who have done just that. Over two days, they will discuss "the science of wellbeing". Their aim is to find out why it is that some people's lives go so right. What is it that makes them happy and fulfilled, while others seem doomed to founder in misery, dissatisfaction and dejection? As the psychologists converge on London, some, though dutifully upbeat, admit that the public could be forgiven for getting the wrong idea about the meeting.
Author : Jim Riley Last updated: Sunday 23 September, 2012 There are a number of different views as to what motivates workers.
Employee motivation, the organizational environment and productivity
Motivation is the force that initiates, guides and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. It is what causes us to take action, whether to grab a snack to reduce hunger or enroll in college to earn a degree. The forces that lie beneath motivation can be biological, social, emotional or cognitive in nature. Researchers have developed a number of different theories to explain motivation.
home » leadership/management » frederick herzberg motivational theory Frederick Herzberg's motivation and hygiene factors Frederick Herzberg (1923-2000), clinical psychologist and pioneer of 'job enrichment', is regarded as one of the great original thinkers in management and motivational theory.
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from A Positive Revolution in Change: Appreciative Inquiry by David L.
Solving problems by looking at what's going right
A simple investment in wellness makes employees on average 8.5% more productive. In the United Kingdom, the Office for National Statistics reports that 3 in 10 employees will have mental health problems (mainly depression and anxiety disorders) each year, with knock-on effects including ill health, poorer performance and absenteeism. We aim to make organisations - both private and public - more healthy, more energising and less stress-inducing by investing in the health and well being of their employees. Our programmes typically blend three key elements.