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Title: I see trees of green, red roses too I see them bloom for me and you And I think to myself what a wonderful world. I see skies of blue and clouds of white The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night And I think to myself what a wonderful world. The

What a Wonderful World (Louie Armstrong)
  • I see trees of green, red roses tooI see them
    bloom for me and youAnd I think to myself what a
    wonderful world.I see skies of blue and clouds
    of whiteThe bright blessed day, the dark sacred
    nightAnd I think to myself what a wonderful
    world.The colors of the rainbow so pretty in
    the skyAre also on the faces of people going
    byI see friends shaking hands saying how do you
    doThey're really saying I love you.I hear
    babies crying, I watch them growThey'll learn
    much more than I'll never knowAnd I think to
    myself what a wonderful worldYes I think to
    myself what a wonderful world.

Dr Mark Williams, Ph.D. Professor of Applied
Positive Psychology Shenzhen University
    Mobile (0011 86 755) 13480129331email
markw.szu_at_gmail.comweb www.aappi.net
  • Positive Psychology
  • Science of Happiness and Strengths
  • ??????????????
  • Life Skills

What is Positive Psychology?
  • Positive psychology is the scientific study of
    human strengths and happiness (subjective
  • Positive psychology tells us what to do in our
    life so we can be more happy, stronger, and more
    successful (positive psychology life skills
    interventions to change your life).
  • Human happiness and personality strengths are
    scientifically investigated with experiments,
    case studies and surveys.

Why is Positive Psychology Different? (Shahar,
  • Traditional psychology concentrates on studying
    human dysfunction and illness such as depression,
    anxiety, and fear.
  • Positive psychology studies resilient,
    successful, talented, strong and happy
    individuals, families, teams, communities and
    business and government organizations.
  • Thus we can learn these life skills to enhance
    strength, life satisfaction, and success.

Enhancing mindfulness by STOP
  • S Stop what you are doing
  • Smile Strongly
  • T Take a breath sit straight, soft belly
  • Take some time (count to 5)
  • O Observe your body relax it
  • Open mind-body (look, listen, smell, hear,
    touch, )
  • P Pause to notice Place and People
  • Pause to tell somebody something you noticed
  • Proceed with life
  • Source Fisher, T. (2005) Beginners mind
    cultivating mediator mindfulness ACResolution

2 Chinese Stories
Mr. Pin Pian
Mr. Lin Lian
Ms. Li Ling
Ms. Pi Ping
Poor Families near Guangdong
Rich Families in Shenzhen
2 Chinese Stories
Mr. Pin Pianyi
Mr. Lin lian
Ms. Li Ling
Ms. Pi Ping
From small cities near Guangdong worked very
hard in school Had to work hard graduated from
SZU in 2005 because they forced himself to get
interested in their major of English Strong and
From Shenzhen had tutors because their family is
rich talented and handsome graduated from SZU
in law and in management without working very
hard at their studies Strong and satisfied?
4 Aspects of Happiness (OConnor (2008) Happiness)
  1. Much joy Experiencing positive feelings like
    enthusiasm, contentment, peace, love (lieben),
    etc., frequently and deeply laugh out loud a lot
  2. Not much misery e.g. not many feelings like
    sadness, depression, bitterness, negativity,
    jealousy, hatred, regret, discontent, loneliness
  3. Satisfaction with life have most things you
    need, happy with relationships, optimistic smile
    a lot not wanting things they dont have or
    feeling youve missed out on important things or
    youve failed in important life areas satisfying
    work (arbeiten)
  4. Meaningful purpose more about this later!

How do you feel right now? ????????
  1. Excited enthusiastic interested
    uninterested bored?? - ?? ??? - ???? - ??
  2. Joyous happy - so-so sad - depressed?? - ??
    - ???? - ?? - ??
  3. Peaceful relaxed unrelaxed agitated
    jealous - angry ? ?- ?? ?? ?? - ?? - ??
  4. Powerful confident ok timid - scared?? -
    ?? - ? - ?? - ???
  5. Lively energetic listless lazy - tired -
    exhausted ?? - ???? ???? - ?? ?-????
  6. Uplifted elevated clear unclear - confused
    ?? ?? - ?? - ??? ??

Consider this scientific survey
  • At Florida State University, Tim Judge and his
    team began a study in 1965 with 12,686
    participants who were around 15 years old which
    gave information on levels of their positive
    strength and well-being.
  • His team then surveyed the participants in 2005
    to obtain data to calculate subjective well-being
    and annual income at age 50.

Judge, T. A., Hurst, C. (2007).
Positive people tend to get a high income
Judge, T. A., Hurst, C. (2007).
More positive more money?
  • This experiment suggests that if you are highly
    positive- high self-esteem ?????- high
    emotional stability ??????- high locus of
    control ????- high self-efficacy ?????)
  • you will tend to get a lot more money no matter
    how well you do at school.
  • How do you become highly positive?
  • Thats what we are doing together in this course.

High positivity is important in all areas of life
Happiness Measure?????
10 extremely unhappy ?????20 very unhappy
?????30 quite unhappy ????40 a little
unhappy ?????50 Neutral ??,????????60 a
little happy ???? 70 quite happy ??? 80 very
happy ???? 90 extremely happy ???? 100
perfectly blissful
  • Today, Ive generally been feeling
    ???????,?????? ______
  • Over the last few days, Ive generally been
    feeling ?????? ,?????? ______
  • Write the average of these two scores on the
    attendance sheet when it is passed around.

Who is he? What did he do?
Prof. Dr. Martin Seligman, 1998 President
American Psychological Association, father and
world leader of Positive Psychology, Director of
the Positive Psychology Center, University of
What did he do?
  • Psychologists split into two camps
  • Academic psychology more interested in education
    and scientific experiments.
  • Clinical psychologists interested in client
    therapy for depression and mental disorder.
  • Dr. Seligman hoped to bring psychological science
    and practice together.

Young Martie Seligman
  • After his Ph.D., he conducted major psychology
    experiments on animals and then humans during the
    1970s - 1980s to investigate clinical depression
    and helplessness (very low positive people).
  • Today, with bestselling books, Learned Optimism
    and Authentic Happiness, Seligman is recognized
    as the world's preeminent psychological authority
    on optimism (high positive people).

Seligmans Early Learned Helplessness Experiment,
  • The first (experimental) set of dogs were placed
    in a box that continued to give the dog electric
    shocks until they learned to jump over a bar to a
    safe place they could help themselves.

Learned Helplessness ?????
  • The second (experimental) set of dogs were
    placed in a box that continued to give them
    electric shocks for a random period of time
    they could not help themselves.
  • The third set of dogs (control group) sat in a
    box with no electric shocks.
  • In the final stage of the experiment, all three
    sets of dogs were placed in boxes which gave
    electric shocks but the dogs all could jump over
    to the other side of a partition.

Final Stage Escape ?? or Helplessness ??
  • Across a large number of repetitions, in the
    final stage when all the sets of dogs could
    jump, the first (experimental) set of dogs
    quickly jumped over the partition and escaped the
  • The second set of dogs (learned helplessness),
    did not even try to jump even though they now
    could, but just lay on the bottom of the box
    being shocked.

Final Stage Escape ?? or Helplessness ??
  • The third set of dogs (the control ???) learned
    to jump over the partition to escape but not so
    quickly as the first group of dogs.
  • Only the second group, who had learned to be
    helpless, did not try to jump to freedom.

Experiments on People
  • Similar experiments with people and annoying bad
    sounds show similar results.
  • Both animals humans can learn helplessness. 
  • When faced with situations where they were
    powerless to change an annoying element, 2 out of
    3 would cease trying to change the situation
    after failure.
  • Further, when placed in a new situation with a
    different annoying element, they would make no
    attempt to fight even from the beginning. 

But 1 in 3 Humans refused to be hopeless
  • 1 in 10 seemed to be born with hopelessness,
    making no attempt even at the beginning to change
    an annoying element such as shocks.
  • But 1 in 3 had optimism, being positively strong
    to act to improve their life regardless of
    hardship or failure.
  • This later result became the focus of Seligmans
    research into optimism.

Seligmans inspiration ???????
  • Seligman weeding garden, 5-year old daughter
    throwing weeds.
  • Seligman irritated, yelled at Nikki, who replied
  • Daddy. From when I was 3 until I was 5, I was
    unhappy all the time. I cried every day. On my
    5th birthday, I decided I wasnt going to cry
    anymore. That was the hardest thing Ive ever
    done. If I can stop crying, you can stop being
    such an angry father.

A Change of Heart ???????
  • Seligman resolved to change - not to be always
    angry to make his daughter be better.
  • Instead, he began to encourage her positive
    strength which she showed by talking to him so
    wisely (social intelligence ????).
  • Can psychology build up human well-being and
    personality positive strengths?
  • That became his mission as 1998 president till
    this day.

Positive Psychology uses empirical scientific
research ???????????
Seligmans PERMA model
  • P Positive emotions
  • E Engagement in life and work
  • R Relationships and love
  • M Meaningful purpose and goals
  • A Achievement (esp. for goals)
  • Source Seligman, M. www.authentichappiness.org

Course Assessments
  • There is no final formal exam in the exam week
    after classes have finished
  • There are 5 assessments
  • Assessment 1 Each week send an email to
    markw.positive_at_gmail.com describing 11
    PERMAGASMIC good things that happened during the
    week (and why they were good because of P, E, R,
    M, A, G, A, S, M, I, C)

My PERMAGASMIC model for emails-
Positive Psychology Interventions to
  • P enhance Positive emotions
  • E enhance Engagement in life work
  • R enhance Relationships loving kindness
  • M enhance Meaningful purposes
  • A enhance Achievement toward goals
  • G feel Grateful to someone
  • A Awareness of belly breathing mindfulness
  • S enhance Strengths (individual group)
  • M Morph (Change, reframe, remake) negative
    emotions (fear, sad, lonely, grief, sickness) to
    life opportunities
  • I Inhale down to belly, exhale down doing
  • C Communication through active constructive

(based on Seligman, M. 2011. Flourishing)
PERMAGASMA Weekly Email (30)
Dear Mark, I am grateful for a PERMAGASMIC
(orgasmic, fantastic, cosmic) week P. Positive
emotions Enhanced by savouring the fun of
playing with my young nephew. E. Engaged in work
and life setting timetable and schedules to
finish all my homework on time. R. Relationships
Enhancing my romantic relationship by
going for a walk with my girlfriend. M.
Meaningful purpose Enhanced by reading articles
about my future profession. A. Achievement
towards goals making progress towards my goal
of walking fast 30 minutes every day. G. Giving
I gave some coins most days to my friends and
paid for my friend at a meal A. Acting and
living, right now in this moment, exactly like
the strongest and happiest person I ever dreamed
I could be indeed I am acting and living as
that person right now! S. Strengths Went online
to www.cnenn.cn and found my character strengths
and am using them now M. Morphing My eye was
hurt  I used the ABC-reward method tried to
overcome the fear in my heart and just listened
to the doctor using the belly-breathing method to
relax I. Inhale-exhale STOP-SLOW Belly
breathing, Stop and Smile, Take a while Take a
breath, yes breathe in now, Open my eyes, Open my
ears, wait for a wonderful thing C.
Communication Had active-constructive communicati
on with my brother and he smiled with me.
Regards, Arthur
Assessment 2 (10) Group PPT
  • Group PPT on applying Positive Psychology to some
    area of life or work
  • In groups of 2-4 students, create a PowerPoint
    file (each student creates 5 slides with your
    name on them) applying positive psychology to
    some area of life teaching, management,
    hospitals, uni life, romantic love, friendship,
    family, money, fame, holidays, sport, coaching,
    work, career, sales, government, housework,
    having children, getting married, recovering from
    failure or illness, small business, or the
    construction, restaurant, hotel, real estate,
    advertising, entertainment, banking, airline,
    driving, supermarket, film and television

Assessment 3 Strengths Email (10)
  • By week 10, each student will send me a 60-120
    word email describing your main personality
    strengths based on your understanding of your
  • This email must have the words ltYOUR STUDENT IDgt
    subject line of the email and at the start of
    your email text itself
  • To know you strengths you will need to do the
    free Chinese Enneagram test at www.cnenn.cn
  • You can also do the free character strengths test
    at www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu (go to
    the middle of the home page scroll down

Assessment 4 Class Speech (10)
  • From week 12 onwards, each student will give a 2
    minute English speech in groups about how you are
    using your personality strengths, your dreams for
    your life, your 5 years goals, and your life
    goals. The best speeches will be given to the
    whole class.
  • You will include your goals in 3 of the major
    areas of life including Financial planning
    Family Career and work life Education and life
    long learning Public service Self development
    Health-education-diet Pleasure Friends social
    life Music-art-fashion Home life

Assessment 5 (40)
  • Attendance, participation, contribution to
    course (translations, comments)
  • You will need to write at least one gratitude
    letter to your mother or father
  • There will also be a short 1 page informal exam
    in the last week of this course

Also, I would like some of you to read your
gratitude letters to inspire the whole class, for
  • I took a long time to write letter. After I give
    to mother, I think she could never be happier.
    Most amazing thing is Im happier too. I
    understand when you make someone else happy you
    become happy. (Dylan)

Questions to discuss
  • It is important to study happiness scientifically
  • Happiness comes from .  
  • Any of us can raise our baseline levels of
    happiness by
  • My personality strengths are .

  • Ben-Shahar, Tal. (2007). Happier Learn the
    Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting
  • Fulfilment. McGraw-Hill New York
  • Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1990). Flow The psychology
    of optimal experience. New
  • York Harper Row.
  • Fredrickson, B. L. (1998). What good are positive
    emotions? Review of General
  • Psychology, 2(3), 300 - 319.
  • Fredrickson, B. L., Levenson, R. W. (1998).
    Positive emotions speed recovery
  • from cardiovascular sequelae of negative
    emotions. Cognitions and Emotion,
  • 12, 191220.
  • Fredrickson, B., Mancuso, R., Branigan, C.,
    Tugade, M. M. (2000). The
  • undoing effect of positive
    emotions. Motivation and Emotion, 24(4), 237
  • 258.
  • Jackson, S., Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1999). Flow
    in sports The keys to optimal experiences and
    performances. Champaign, IL Human Kinetics.
  • Happiness. (2010, June 21). In Wikipedia, The
    Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 0154, June 22,
    2010, from http//en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?tit
  • Revonsuo, A. (2007). Psychology and Coaching.
    Available online
  • www.his.se/upload/71497/1_PC_Intro.ppt
  • Seligman, M. E. (2002). Authentic Happiness. New
    York Free Press.
  • Seligman, M. Learned Optimism How to Change Your
    Mind and Your Life. New
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