Choosing To Follow Positive Philosophies

This section provides an introduction to some of the many philosophies and principles that contain elements of the positive encourager’s approach.

The articles do not necessarily endorse all aspects of the philosophies. But these are included because they have made a contribution to encouraging people.

P is for Henry Pluckrose: His Pioneering Approach To Education

Henry was a remarkable man and a great educator. He passed away on April 6, 2011, but his legacy continues to live on. Here is his obituary in the Guardian.

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C is for Norman Cousins: Using Positive Emotions To Tackle Illnesses

Norman Cousins was born in 1915 and lived till 1990. In this video he explains how he learned a lot from the illnesses he experienced in life.

He was a political journalist, well known Read more

L is for Sonja Lyubomirsky: The How Of Happiness

Sonja is a Professor at the University of California and has spent many years studying happiness. The video above is an excerpt from a talk Sonja gave at the Greater Good Science Center.

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G is for Robert Greenleaf: The Greenleaf Center And Servant Leadership

Robert Greenleaf had a profound effect on helping people to see the leader’s role as that of servant.

Different people have different motivations for becoming such a leader. But Robert explained that:

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F is for Friedrich Froebel: His Educational Work And Legacy

Friedrich Froebel did positive work by being an educational pioneer who gave birth to the kindergarten – ‘the children’s garden’.

He believed children needed a place where they could be cherished, stimulated and helped Read more

S is for Rick Snyder: His Work On Hope

C.R. Snyder did pioneering work on the topic of hope. He provided many practical tools that people could use to shape their futures.

Rick, as he was known, spent much of his academic career Read more

H is for Joseph Campbell’s View Of The Heroic Journey

People have always wanted to follow their dreams. This often involves pursuing some kind of personal or professional ‘odyssey’.

Sometimes the odyssey involves an outer journey, sometimes an inner journey, sometimes a combination of Read more

M is for Maria Montessori: Her Work Helping Children To Learn

Many people have enjoyed learning in Montessori schools.

Some of the famous names include: Anne Frank, the diarist; Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the novelist; Katherine Graham, the former owner-editor of The Washington Post; Lea Salonga, Read more

G is for The Greater Good Science Center: Science of a Meaningful Life

Dacher Keltner is the founding faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center. He is also the author of Born To Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life.

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M is for Abraham Maslow: A Founder of Humanistic Psychology

Abraham’s books inspired many people to explore the positive aspects of human potential. He also gave birth to several key themes in modern management.

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