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Transcendent Strengths at IPPA World Congress – Optimistic Psychology Information

Transcendent Strengths at IPPA World Congress – Optimistic Psychology Information


Elaine O’Brien, PhD, MAPP ’08, is a optimistic psychology, health management, optimistic well being promotion,
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The IPPA World Congress 2023 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, was a luxurious feast of empirical analysis, principle, and utilized delights. The convention program and other people included attendees from throughout the globe. Collectively we reveled within the goodness of the science we’re all in search of to advance. There have been alternatives to satisfy, care, and share. Many occasions highlighted strengths, empowerment, dedication, friendships, and optimistic connections to the science and one another.

Let’s take a look at this yr’s stellar occasion from a Transcendent Strengths perspective. Within the VIA Character Strengths, the transcendent strengths are those who assist us connect with the bigger universe. Expression of those strengths enhances the sense that life is significant. The strengths within the Transcendence advantage are appreciation of magnificence and excellence, gratitude, hope, humor, and spirituality.

Appreciation of Magnificence and Excellence

Convention planning led by Andrew Soren and his crew was wonderful certainly. The choice of a variety of matters, together with from caring for underserved populations, and the surroundings, the agenda hit a candy spot to propel considering, conversations, and analysis because the science of optimistic psychology advances into the subsequent wave. There was a stability of time for studying, dialogue, and celebration all constructed into the time collectively.

Conference Middle

Town of Vancouver offered a possibility to savor distinctive magnificence, together with an out of doors recreation pre-conference session led by Dr. Holli-Anne Passmore and mates, journeys to take pleasure in a stunning a part of the world, and even between-session strolls on the waterfront promenade outdoors the gorgeous convention middle. At one level, after 5 hours indoors, I seen a window with a stunning view of the surroundings outdoors. I used to be grateful.


Gratitude includes feeling a deep sense of thankfulness in life and taking time to precise thankfulness to others. The research of gratitude is a stupendous a part of the science of utilized optimistic psychology. Gratitude has been discovered to be beneficially related to psychological, emotional, and social well-being. Gratitude is a predictor of fascinating life outcomes.

Gratitude in motion

The convention itself was a wealthy expertise that allowed us to expertise gratitude in being collectively dwell, after a number of conferences held nearly in response to Covid.

As an outgoing board member of the IPPA Optimistic Well being and Wellbeing Division, I skilled gratitude for the providers of the 2 award winners, Dr. Karen Garman, MAPP, and Dr. Sarah Pressman. It was a pleasure to look at them current their work after which see them honored for his or her contributions to Optimistic Well being, by outgoing division president, Dr. Joel Milam. 

Dr. Garman’s speak title was, “It made a distinction for that one,” referring to the story of the boy on the seashore tossing starfish again within the water. Dr. Pressman spoke in regards to the therapeutic energy of smiling. Each contributed to my sense of hope for the longer term.



Hope is about anticipating one thing optimistic. It includes being future minded. One of many excessive level moments round hope for me was the wealthy international analysis introduced by Dr. Helena Agueda Marujo from Portugal and Dr. Andreas Krafft from Switzerland on the session, Hope Throughout Cultures: Classes from the Worldwide Hope Barometer.

The 2 audio system are concerned in shut collaborations on hope throughout continents. Their work integrates views from psychology, philosophy, and theology. They’ve developed a novel idea and mannequin of hope supported by empirical knowledge. They’re each devoted to advancing this essential imaginative and prescient and sharing their provocative iterative analysis through an open-source journal (see references beneath). I consider this journal priming goodness, peace, and hope on the planet.



Laughing collectively

There have been many alternatives for enjoyable, play, and lightness throughout the convention. Humor can deepen our studying whereas contributing to social interactions, optimistic relationships, and progress towards larger targets. In actual fact, humor was not laborious to seek out at this culturally numerous occasion. Through the night celebration, there was enjoyable, dancing, and laughter whereas proficient presenters sang and performed lovely music, a few of it spoofing well-liked songs. It jogged my memory of Sarah Pressman’s feedback in regards to the science of smiling.


Cultivation of spirituality advances that means, goal, life calling, optimistic beliefs in regards to the universe, and the expression of advantage and goodness.


Dr. Ryan Niemiec led the division assembly for the IPPA Spirituality Division. This standing room solely session featured leaders displaying developments on this rising discipline. Dr. Dan Tomasulo led actions that concerned significant conversations, humor, and deep, profound insights for the viewers.


There was an abundance of magnificence, excellence, gratitude, hope, humor, and spirituality on the IPPA World Congress 2023. For me, it was a excessive level of private {and professional} transcendence. I’m nonetheless vibrating from the goodness of studying, being with pricey mates, assembly new mates, being impressed, being seen, and caring about one another and our shared humanity.


Marujol, H. A., Velez, M. J., Gonçalves, S. P., Neto, L. M., Krafft, A. M., & Cassais, M. (2021). The worth of hope: Validation of the perceived hope scale within the Portuguese inhabitants. Present Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-021-02115-6

A. M. Krafft, T. Guse, & A Slezackova, editors. Hope Throughout Cultures: Classes from the Worldwide Hope Barometer. Open entry journal.

Niemiec, R. M. (2024). The Mindfulness and Character Strengths Workbook. Hogrefe.

Passmore, H.-A. & Holder, M. D. (2017). Noticing nature: Particular person and social advantages of a two-week intervention. Journal of Optimistic Psychology, 12, 537-546. https://doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2016.1221126.

Tomasulo, D. (2020). Discovered Hopefulness: The Energy of Positivity to Overcome Melancholy. New Harbinger Publications.

UCI Press Launch (2015). When You’re Smiling. Story about Sarah Pressman’s analysis.

Picture Credit

Vancouver Conference Middle by Elaine O’Brien

Espresso Cup Picture by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Laughing collectively by Siviwe Kapteyn on Unsplash

Sundown by Elaine O’Brien



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