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        Positive Psychology: Signature Strengths and Work

        Leading experts in the field of positive psychology contributed to this video about the practices and components of an arm of psychology that begins from the perspective of an individual’s strengths, not their deficits.  Teachers can use all clips with students or as professional development in learning about the topic and students.  Classroom activities are included for many of the clips. Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, George Vaillant.

        This video clip shows how people incorporate their “signature strengths” into their work lives, making difficult or repetitive jobs less stressful, and how “flow” combined with signature strengths in the work arena makes for a more meaningful life.  This resource highlights an auto mechanic who is “obsessed” with figuring out how to make a car run, a cashier, and an oncology nurse as well as an anecdote from a major company hiring cleaning help.  Teachers can look for what students do on their own without direction…strengths.

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