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Resource List - Hope, Happiness and Well-Being

Ideas and resources for individuals, organizations, and communities moving along a hope-informed pathway in order to:

  • Prevent and mitigate adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
  • Promote resilience and safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments.
  • Promote equity and racial justice.
  • Prevent substance abuse and promote mental health.

… so that all children, youth, families and communities have equal opportunity for educational success, economic stability, health, and well-being.

Foundation for Healthy Generations, Science of Hope, 2016 Conference Highlights
- Includes keynote presentations:

  • Age of Opportunity: Why Adolescence is a Time of Vulnerability and Hope, Laurence Steinberg, PhD
  • Hope & Healing, Shawn Ginwright, PhD
  • Hope is a Social Gift, Chan Hellman, PhD


Thurston Thrives – Hope Resources Available Online:

Chan Hellman, PhD, University of Oklahoma
- Hope = Goal + Willpower (agency) + Way-power (pathways)
- Hope Research – The Parent Child Center of Tulsa

Shane Lopez, PhD – Gallup, Clifton Strengths Institute
- Hope is a strategy, 2013 (22:01)
- Making hope happen, 2013 (13:45)
-Making hope happen: Create the future you want for yourself and others, 2013  (1:19:01)

Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope, KPJR Films (trailer 2:10)

Happiness and Well-Being
Authentic Happiness, University of Pennsylvania -

Introducing a New Theory of Well-Being (PERMA)

  • Positive emotions
  • Engagement
  • Positive Relationships
  • Meaning
  • Accomplishment


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi:  Flow, the secret of happiness (18:59) – TED Talk

Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness (21:20) – TED Talk

 Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania (Martin Seligman)
- Includes links to video lectures by leading scholars (Readings and Videos)
- Including:  Marin Seligman (Positive Psychology, Flourish), Angela Duckworth (Grit), Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Flow), Shane Lopez (Hope), Lawrence Steinberg (Adolescence)
- Martin Seligman: The new era of positive psychology (23:45) – TED Talk

Character Strengths
Values in Action (VIA) Character Strengths --
Includes link to take the free VIA Survey online.

Grit and Self-Control (self-regulation, agency, willpower)
How do we build grit and self-control? Authentic Happiness, University of Pennsylvania

Angela Duckworth, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania         
-Links to Angela Duckworth TED Talk: The Key to Success? Grit,  2013 (6:09)
- “Grit is passion and perseverance for very long term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future….”


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