Some links to explore
Follow these links for the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center information pages about resilience research with adults (here) and children (here).

Take a look at the introductory video here from Action For Happiness, a movement for positive social change bringing people together to create a happier society.

Positive Change
Here's a list of 'The Best of Positive Change Web Sites' from the Appreciative Inquiry Commons.

Happiness and Sustainability

Personal and Planetary well-being are often seen as competing agendas that clash with each other. Yet focussing exclusively on personal development could be like offering wellbeing courses on the Titanic. While, on the other hand, attending only to planetary issues misses the opportunity to nourish our motivation and ability to make a difference, as well as leaving us at risk of burnout.

This new resource is devoted to exploring the links between personal fulfilment and the recovery of our world. Over the coming months, we’ll be adding articles and links here that help us develop what philosopher Immanual Kant called ‘the beautiful life’ - one that is good for us as people as well as the world we belong to. To start things off, here’s five articles that are relevant to our quest.

1) Catherine O’Brien “Sustainable Happiness and Well-Being: Future Directions for Positive Psychology”
This paper examines the contribution Positive Psychology can make to the purpose of promoting the shift to sustainability.
Psychology, 2012, Vol 3, No 12A, 1196-1201

2) Chris Johnstone “
Positive Psychology for the Planet”, first published in Caduceus magazine (no.86 Summer 2013).
Exploring how developing our understanding of how to cultivate happiness can help us wean ourselves off consumerism.

3) Richard Heinberg
The Brief, Tragic Reign of Consumerism - and the birth of a happy alternative
Here he writes: The happiness movement cannot solve all our problems. By itself, it can do little directly to address climate change, water scarcity, overpopulation, or a dozen other converging crises—though it could overturn an economic paradigm that tends to exacerbate all of them.

4) Matt Mellen
“10 reasons that green people are happier”
Exploring the linkage between personal well being and environmental knowledge, attitudes and behaviours.

5) Tim Kasser and Richard Ryan “A Dark Side of the American Dream: Correlates of Financial Success as a Central Life Aspiration” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 1993, Vol 65, No.2, 410-422
this link for this classic research paper showing how high levels of materialism tend to make people more miserable.