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Positive Psychology pioneer Christopher Peterson once defined the discipline as “the scientific study of what makes life most worth living.” In this issue, organized by guest editor Marc Helgesen, we attempt to connect this science to our world of language teaching. In the introductory videos, the father of the field, Martin Seligman explains his PERMA model of well-being. Scott Galloway, a marketing professor, breaks it down as The Algebra of Happiness.
In our lead article, Sarah Mercer introduces us to Positive Psychology and the role well-being can play in education and ELT. Bill Snyder explores Csíkszentmihályi’s important concept of Flow, and considers practical ways we can create Flow in the classroom. Marc Helgesen shares how he introduces positive psychology, and four of his former graduate students, Megumi Yoshieida, Jason Walters, Masami Maeda, and Eriko Mishima explain how they use it in their classrooms.
In the Plus section, Marc returns to give us a look at the neurotransmitters behind positive emotion, Mirela Ramacciotti tells us a story about her mother, and Oxford University Press give us some interesting data related to online teaching.