About

The Positive Psychology Leader Series features presentations, interviews and Q&A with leading researchers and practitioners in the field of positive psychology.

IPPA members are invited to participate in these live webinars, and can then enjoy unlimited online access to the videos posted in our archive below.

David J. Pollay

David J. Pollay, MAPP

Host, Positive Psychology Leader Series

David J. Pollay is committed to helping people live fulfilling lives every day at work and at home. He is the author and creator of the international blockbuster, The Law of the Garbage Truck®, now translated into twelve languages. His latest book, The 3 Promises: Find Joy Every Day. Do What You Love. Make a Difference, has been selling out across the country in stores and online.

David is a leader in the science of Positive Psychology. He has spoken to audiences around the world, and he was a featured TEDx speaker. David served as the co-founding associate executive director of the International Positive Psychology Association. He has been featured on ABC, NPR, Univision, and in BusinessWeek SmallBiz Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, Business Digest, Florida’sSun Sentinel, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and media worldwide. His new book, The 3 Promises was just recommended by Live Happy Magazine.

David holds a master’s degree of applied positive psychology (M.A.P.P.) from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University. He has held leadership positions at Yahoo!, MasterCard, Global Payments, and AIESEC. He is also a former college football running back, coming to Yale after breaking Shorewood High School’s all-time career rushing and scoring records and serving as Team Captain.

For more information, visit his website: http://www.davidpollay.com/

 

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Upcoming Webinars:

Ryan M. Niemiec, Psy.D.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 | 12:00 pm EDT
Character Strengths Research & Interventions

Character strengths, often referred to as “the backbone of positive psychology,” have enjoyed extensive research and scholarship since the VIA project that culminated in 2004. What have we learned about character strengths in the last few years? In this extended webinar, Dr. Niemiec will share the latest in character strengths research, including new studies on character strengths appreciation, overuse/underuse/optimal-use of character strengths, and the connection with specific team roles. In addition, he will highlight domain-specific content relating to organizations, education, coaching/counseling, and health. He will also discuss the evidenced-based, Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP), the first structured mindfulness program to target the positive, namely what is best in people. This hands-on webinar will help researchers, practitioners and educators to strengthen the link between research and practice, and learn how to work with character strengths to generate positive outcomes.

Lea Waters PhD
Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 | 5:00pm EDT
Strength-Based Parenting

This game-changing presentation shows us the extraordinary results of focusing on our children’s strengths rather than always trying to correct their weaknesses. Most parents struggle with this shift because they suffer from a negativity bias, thanks to evolutionary development, giving them “strengths-blindness.” By showing us how to throw the “strengths switch,” Lea Waters demonstrates how we can not only help our children build resilience, optimism, and achievement but we can also help inoculate them against today’s pandemic of depression and anxiety.

Ilona Boniwell, PhD
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 | 12:00 noon EDT
Playing positive psychology: Using tangible tools and facilitation methods in positive psychology coaching and training

Over the past few years, the notion of a “positive intervention” has risen to prominence, as it was discovered that certain intentional actions can be effective in increasing and sustaining happiness and other positive states, as well as in reducing depression and anxiety. Despite the evidence for their effectiveness, these interventions are not widely accepted in the organisational and/or coaching domains, often seen as too “fluffy” and removed from the realities of day-to-day business. The talk will focus on the theory and emerging evidence behind using more pragmatic tangible tools and facilitation methods in positive psychology coaching and training to communicate positive psychology concepts and solutions to the business and professional audience.

Webinar Archives

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John Helliwell, Ph.D.
Trust and Well-being

June 2017

Michael F. Steger, Ph.D.
Meaning In Life and Work

May 2017

Felicia Huppert, Ph.D.
Mindfulness and Compassion as Foundations for Well-being

February 2017

George Vaillant, M.D.
An Interview and Q&A with George Vaillant, M.D.

December 2016

Dacher Keltner, Ph.D.
The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence

November 2016

Chiara Ruini, PhD
Clinical Applications of Positive Psychology

June 2016

Barry Schwartz

Barry Schwartz, PhD
Interview and Q&A about Why We Work

March 2016

James O. Pawelski
Defining the “Positive” in Positive Psychology

December 2015

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Kelly McGonigal

An Interview and Q&A

August 2015

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Steve Cole and Janxin Leu, HopeLab

Positive Technology

August 2014

Amy Wrzesniewski, Ph.D.

Amy Wrzesniewski

Crafting Meaningful Work

May 2014

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Stephen G. Post

It’s Good to Be Good

January 2014

Shane Lopez, Ph.D.

Shane Lopez

Making Hope Happen

May 2013

Richard Davidson, Ph.D.

Richard Davidson

The Emotional Life of Your Brain

April 2013

Adam Grant, Ph.D.

Adam Grant

Give and Take

April 2013

Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.

Barbara Fredrickson

Love 2.0

(Archive not currently available)

March 2013

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.

Sonja Lyubomirsky

The Myths of Happiness (Interview)

February 2013

Robert Emmons, Ph.D.

Robert Emmons

Gratitude Works

November 2012

Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D.

Jonathan Haidt

How to Work with Righteous Minds

May 2012

Carmelo Vázquez, Ph.D.

Carmelo Vázquez

Adversity, Resilience, and Positive Emotions

(Slides & Transcript Only)

February 2012

Robert Vallerand

The Psychology of Passion

2011

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Flow and the Quality of Life

(Slides Only)

2010

Ed Diener, Ph.D.

Ed Diener

Question and Answer

2010

Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.

Barbara Fredrickson

Using Positive Emotions to Enhance Human Flourishing

(Slides Only)

2009

Martin Seligman, Ph.D.

Martin E. P. Seligman

Positive Education

2008