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        Positive Psychology: Different types of happiness

        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.

        Positive psychologists talk of three types of happiness – the “pleasant life” which is filled with positive emotion, the “good life” in which engagement in work and play makes time stand still, and the “meaningful life” in which a person uses his or her character strengths in service to a larger effort. Teachers can use this with students or for personal information important to know when working with adolescents.

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