The Calhoun Happiness Project at Yale

The Calhoun Happiness Project at Yale

This post originally appeared on the Black, White, & Gray blog. How can Yale undergraduates learn and apply principles from positive psychology and positive sociology? More than 20 students jointed the Calhoun Happiness Project which I started in one of Yale’s 12...
Flow: Let’s Get Serious about Leisure

Flow: Let’s Get Serious about Leisure

This post originally appeared on the Black, White, & Gray blog. Do you take your leisure seriously? If not, you aren’t going to get flow which I described last week. Contrary to popular belief, flow is not the easy-peasy feeling you get when plopping down on the...
Flow: Order in Consciousness

Flow: Order in Consciousness

This post originally appeared on the Black, White, & Gray blog. Did you know that you can actually increase your ability to enjoy the things in life that produce the greatest satisfaction? When I read Martin Seligman’s PERMA concept of human flourishing (Positive...
“No More Choices, Please!”

“No More Choices, Please!”

This post originally appeared on the Black, White, & Gray blog. Have you ever felt overwhelmed at the number of choices to buy a salad dressing at the grocery store? Have you ever failed to choose a health care or retirement option just because, well, there were...
Is Tocqueville Still Relevant?

Is Tocqueville Still Relevant?

This post originally appeared on the Black, White, & Gray blog. It is with a bit of trepidation that I begin discussing with my students in positive sociology this weekAlexis de Tocqueville’sDemocracy in America. Is a work written in the 1830s relevant nearly 200...