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To Create Change, We Must First Believe it is Possible

A social experiment, asking adults how they envision the future of the world, followed by asking their children how they view their future. The parents are left with an important question to answer, and a final message: There is still time. Read full article

Positivity - Top Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio that Will Change Your Life

<a href="/parenting-resources/emotional-self-awareness/positivity-top-notch-research-reveals-the-3-to-1-ratio-">Positivity - Top Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio that Will Change Your Life</a>

World renowned researcher Dr. Barbara Fredrickson provides the lab-tested tools necessary to create a healthier, more vibrant, and flourishing life through a process she calls "the upward spiral." You'll discover:What positivity is, and why it needs to be heartfelt to be effective; The ten sometimes surprising forms of positivity; Why positivity is more important than happiness; How positivity can enhance relationships, work, and health, and how it relieves depression, broadens minds, and builds lives ;The top-notch research that backs the 3-to-1 "positivity ratio" as a key tipping point ... Read full article

Thriving! Raising Exceptional Kids with Confidence, Character and Resilience

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/thriving-raising-exceptional-kids-with-confidence-character-and-">Thriving! Raising Exceptional Kids with Confidence, Character and Resilience</a>

Book: Thriving! Raising Exceptional Kids with Confidence, Character and Resilience by Michael Grose. Kids need strong, confident leadership from their parents. Today's kids live with pressures that previous generations didn't have to face. In this no-nonsense book, parenting educator Michael Grose shows us how to be confident family leaders, able to develop real character and resilience in our kids - the keys to their future success. Read full article

Learned Optimism

<a href="/parenting-resources/optimism/learned-optimism">Learned Optimism</a>

Book: Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman. An authority on positive psychology and motivation writes about the positive effects of optimism on the quality of life and provides a program of specific exercises designed to break the pessimism habit and help with depression, while developing an optimistic outlook. Read full article

Sad Children Outperform Happy Children. Really?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/09/24/sad-children-outperform-happy-children-really">Sad Children Outperform Happy Children. Really?</a>

Last year I was drawn to a series of articles referring to research from the Universities of Virginia (United States) and Plymouth (United Kingdom) suggesting that for children, happiness may not always mean good academic results. If you have read Martin Seligman’s work on optimism and its value for children’s wellbeing and later success in life, this suggestion could leave you scratching your head and wondering. Read full article

The Optimistic Child

<a href="/parenting-resources/depression-and-bipolar/the-optimistic-child">The Optimistic Child</a>

Book: The Optimistic Child by Martin Seligman.This book shows adults how to teach children the skills of optimism These skills can help them combat depression and achieve more academically, in sports and improve their physical health. Read full article

Raising an Optimistic Child

<a href="/articles/raising-an-optimistic-child">Raising an Optimistic Child</a>

Margie Sheedy writes about the very important skill of optimistic thinking for children. Teaching your child about responding to adversity and identifying their strengths is part of the process. Read some tips on helping your child to have an optimistic outlook. Read full article

Emotion Management - Emotional Control

<a href="/articles/emotion-management-emotional-control">Emotion Management - Emotional Control</a>

Teaching children how to keep focus and manage their emotional reactions is a skill that will help them in the playground and the classroom. Children with an ability to manage their reactions to a feeling are less likely to harm others and are more likely to be popular with their peers. Read full article

What is Optimism? A Quick Guide for Parents.

<a href="/articles/what-is-optimism-a-quick-guide-for-parents">What is Optimism? A Quick Guide for Parents.</a>

Optimism describes a habit of thinking. A child who thinks that bad events are caused by temporary things (such as their mood) and that good events are caused by permanent things (such as being someone who always works hard) has an optimistic way of thinking. In his brilliant book, The Optimistic Child, Dr Martin Seligman gives several examples of this way of thinking. Read full article