Tag Archive: positive psychology

In the field of Positive Psychology, there’s a famous happiness-boosting exercise called the gratitude letter. Designed by Dr. Martin Seligman, it involves writing, delivering, and reading a letter of gratitude to someone whose life enriched yours. When I heard about this exercise from Tal Ben-Shahar, my teacher in the Kripalu Center’s Certificate in Positive Psychology (CIPP) program, I immediately thought of an ideal recipient: my high-school English teacher. I met Alice when I was a 15-year-old student in her class…


Heard the one about the Chinese farmer? According to the Taoists, he had a horse that ran away. A neighbor said, "Oh, that's bad news,” and the farmer replied, "Good news, bad news, who can say?" The horse soon returned with another horse, which many labeled good news. The farmer again withheld judgment and gave the second horse to his son, who broke his leg when the animal threw him off. "That’s bad news," clucked a sympathetic neighbor. "Good news,…