51. What is Positive Psychology Anyway? with Shannon Polly May 24, 2021
If the words "positive psychology" make you think of a mashup of canned affirmations and shallow optimism, you aren't alone. But in this episode, Shannon Polly, coach, theatre person, trainer, facilitator, and one of the first 100 people to get a Masters in Positive Psychology, sets the record straight. From a tale of a taping with Paula Poundstone to one about the death of a beloved hamster, Shannon offers stories and highly useful insights about finding opportunity in failure, recognizing our own real strengths, and maximizing success. After you listen, you'll probably want to order Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life, edited by Shannon. Proceeds from sales go to The Christopher Peterson Memorial Fellowship, a partnership between the MAPP Alumni Association, Penn's School of Arts and Sciences and the Positive Psychology Center, The Fellowship provides tuition remission of up to $30,000 to one or more new MAPP students annually.