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Parent Program: “The Science of Strengths: Catching your kids (and yourself) doing something right!”

March 31st, 2015

Join us for an exciting presentation: March 31st 2015, 6:30pm : “The Science of Strengths: Catching your kids (and yourself) doing something right!”:  by Dr. James Pawelski and Suzie Pileggi in the theater

“As new St. Peter’s parents we were pleased when our preschooler Liam excitedly reported to us one day that he had gotten a sticker at school because he was ‘caught doing something right.’  It can often be easier for parents, teachers (and kids themselves) to dwell on what they’ve done wrong, yet scientific research underscores the importance of focusing on what they do right.  We are very much looking forward to sharing with other St. Peter’s parents in an interactive way some of the perspectives and research behind the science of strengths, so we can all be more effective at catching our kids doing things right.”

In preparation for our time together we would like to invite you to fill out a free online questionnaire to help you identify some of your top strengths. Log onto  www.authentichappiness.org, click on the “Questionnaires” tab at the top of the page, take the “Brief Strengths Test,” print out the results, and bring them to the event.  This test should take about 10-15 minutes.

Husband and wife duo Dr. James Pawelski and Suzie Pileggi Pawelski will be giving a lively presentation on the science of well-being on March 31st at 6:30 p.m.  James is Director of Education and Senior Scholar in Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he collaborated with Marty Seligman to develop the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program, which he currently directs.  He also leads a project to integrate the arts and humanities with the science of well-being and serves as the executive director of the International Positive Psychology Association.  Suzie is a freelance writer and health counselor specializing in the science of happiness and its effects on health and relationships.  She is a contributing editor for Live Happy, a columnist for the International Positive Psychology Association newsletter and Wisdom magazine and has written features for a variety of publications including Scientific American Mind, Natural Health, and Style. Together, they are working on a book on positive relationships.