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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Magination Press, (American Psychological Association); 1 edition (15 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433812363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433812361
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.6 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Jeffrey J. Froh, PsyD, is an associate professor of psychology at Hofstra University and a leading scholar in positive youth psychology. His research, which has been featured in mainstream media such as The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post , focuses on the wellsprings, assessment, outcomes, and enhancement of gratitude in children and adolescents. He is past associate editor for the Journal of Positive Psychology , and his research has been funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Acacia C. Parks, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychology at Hiram College. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked under Martin Seligman at the Positive Psychology Center. Her research focuses on the efficacy of positive interventions and the psychological and behavioural characteristics of individuals who use them. She serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology and was recently guest editor of the special issue ""Positive Psychology in Higher Education."" She is also editor of a forthcoming handbook of positive psychological interventions from Wiley-Blackwell. Dr. Parks is an active teacher of positive psychology and critical writing.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Rawcliffe on 16 Jun. 2013
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This book is full of exercises which are useful for the classroom, to help people focus on developing themselves in very positive ways. I have used it and think it's wonderful, david rawcliffe
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This book was a lifesaver! 16 Oct. 2013
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This book was a lifesaver for me. I use a pedagogy called team-based learning in which students are assigned permanent teams at the beginning of the semester and do most of their learning through team activities. I do little lecturing; most classroom time is activity-based. That being said, developing interesting, creative, and thought-provoking activities is not my strength. "Activities for teaching positive psychology" was released a few weeks before my spring 2103 Positive Psychology course, and I used at least one activity from the book each week. A weekly three hour session is a lot of time to fill with activities; yet students said that time flew by because they were always doing something interesting (I should note that there were 48 students in the class). By the end of the course I had tried 13 of the 25 activities in the book. Some of them needed to be modified for use as team activities; I used others as written. Some of them worked extremely well, others didn’t, but even those that didn’t work as planned still generated worthwhile discussions. For example, the “Heart rate variation with positive psychology exercises” activity didn’t generate a change in average heart rate as a result of the different stimuli I presented, which was disappointing. But the class had a great discussion about why the activity might not have worked, providing them the opportunity to make connections to what they knew about research methodology. Most activities were quite successful. Students completed “The savoring expedition: An exercise to cultivate savoring” and wrote about their experience in a journal entry. I was impressed by the seriousness with which they approached this activity and how much they learned through doing it. “Internalized motivation in the classroom” was a wake-up call for some students who were faced for the first time, it seemed, with the question of why they were in college. For the “Curiosity as a social lubricant: Transforming conversations” activity, students wrote on an index card a question that they would crave to know how somebody else would answer. They eventually paired up and asked each other their questions. The conversations that resulted were lively and loud! I keep the cards on my desk to jot quick notes on the blank side, and when I turn them over I discover questions like: “Do you find yourself searching for meaning in most situations you’re in?” “Do you believe in aliens?” and “When you think about space, does it make you feel small or insignificant?” I can tell a story like the ones above about each of the activities I used. As I said earlier, this book was a lifesaver for me; the activities enriched the class enormously. My thanks go to Jeffrey Froh and Acacia Parks for putting together this collection, and I am very grateful to the faculty who agreed to share their activities with us.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great for students in a variety of majors 24 Oct. 2013
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This book has been extremely helpful to me this semester - I used several of the activities and my students just ate them up! There is such a variety that it it easy to modify them for specific classroom needs. Great cooperative learning activities that are good on their own or to supplement more in-depth readings or explorations on the topics. I highly recommend this book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good 2 Oct. 2013
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This book is good for apply for actual training. I think it is logic and reasonable practices. If you need some smart game, use some one in this book
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Great! 2 Oct. 2013
By Aaron J. Jarden - Published on
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This is by far the best and most authoritative resource on the market, but two leading experts. I got a lot from this book!
New Thought and Positive Psychology a Great Fit 30 Dec. 2014
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Great resource book for all New Thought teachers. It includes activities that line up with key areas such as mindfulness, curiosity, positive emotion, humility and empathy,
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