How to apply the science of positive psychology (PP)





    Positive psychology (PP) can be defined as the science and practice of well being or flourishing.  Prior to 1998 over 70% of psychological research focused on mental illness.  Since 1998, a better balance has resulted from new scientific studies in mental health.  For the complete slide deck contact me.


Many of you have asked for details on how to increase the frequency of your leadership behaviors. (Tip:  Deliberate practice works. Nothing else works.) For many years I have shared the action learning methodology of 1) decide, 2) do, 3) reflect, and 4) apply. That action learning methodology implies that you assess your strengths, practice constructive actions, then model accountability for your self and others. One of my favorite coaching questions is, “How are you applying the science of positive psychology to your daily life?”


Here are three options for you to practice and share.


  1.  SPEAKING. I am speaking on Applied Positive Psychology at several events:

Association of Talent Development, Birmingham, GA on Monday, November 28, 2016.

Action Learning Summit, Franklin, TN on Friday, February 24, 2017 – CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS

International Association of Talent Development Conference, Atlanta, GA– on May 21- 24, 2017

Join me at any of these events!


  1. VIDEOS. I strongly recommend the award-winning videos on theScience of Character or Adaptability. There are also several of my riveting content videos here.


  1. ASSESSMENTS.  Action leads to learning.  Start with a free assessment of Your Psychological Capital (PsyCap, defined as hope, efficacy, resilience, optimism) and contribute to my dissertation research or a free assessment of your character strengths or values in action and use “DG8416”.  Then Contact Me to discuss your results. We all need coaching at times.


My experience:  leadership development is an ongoing pursuit for those who believe in choice and personal development.


One of my favorite new books is Learning Leadership; The five fundamentals of becoming an exemplary leader (Kouzes & Posner, 2016). After surveying 2.5 million people they defined these 5 key fundamentals: model, inspire, share, enable, encourage. Each of those verbs can be developed. Let’s assume that you are already a leader in some capacity, but that you need to increase the frequency of those leadership behaviors. The next question may be, “How are you applying the science to your daily life?”


One of my favorite quotations, attributed to Seligman (2011) is, “The purpose of life is to discover your gifts and the meaning of life is to give them away.  That idea serves me well. How about you? Are you in fact sharing your strengths?


Just thinking of you, and hoping that you are at your best,

Doug Gray, PCC

CONTACT ME anytime.   Call 615.905.1892.

What are you waiting for?

Download this list of services and investment levels now:

ALA 1p for website