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Positive Psychology Training: Welcome


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Most forms of psychology have traditionally focused on illness and disease (what is WRONG with the individual). Positive Psychology, in contrast, takes a developmental view to explore what is RIGHT with the individual. Using empirical data and double blind studies, researchers around the country and around the world analyze the techniques and thought processes that can help others obtain a positive state of mind. In the application, Positive Psychology uses tools like gratitude, mindfulness, savoring, and appreciative inquiry to cultivate a more joyful state of being.

As Penn State’s Positive Psychology Center states:  

The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.

Martin Seligman, Ph.D., the “father of positive psychology” also gives the following overview of Positive Psychology’s methods, and these pillars are the focus of the Positive Psychology Ambassador program.

WELL BEING is achieved through consistent effort to blend

  • Positive Emotion

  • Engagement

  • Relationships

  • Meaning

  • Accomplishments

What is happiness?

Positive Psychology’s mission is to allow for more joy and meaning in a person’s life. Researchers have found that happiness does not mean that we are in a state of extreme joy at all times, but that overall, we are content and feel fulfilled by our lives. It should not be confused with “think happy thoughts” philosophies or admonitions, similar to Stewart Smalley’s famous “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and Doggone it, people like me.”

Happiness can mean finding a natural clarity and stability in our minds, finding joy in our relationships, or being positively engaged with our careers and volunteer work. More importantly, we can learn how to be more joyful with just a few simple exercises.

Applying Positive Psychology to our lives might include:  

  • Savoring: really enjoy those things that make you happy, perhaps recalling them in your mind later, or speaking about them with a loved one.

  • Finding “flow”: seek out activities in your work and personal life that challenge and absorb you.

  • Practicing forgiveness: write a letter or journal entry and let go of the anger towards a person who has harmed you.

…And many more that you will learn in the Positive Psychology Ambassador Program!

What does this mean for our daily lives?

As part of the Positive Psychology Ambassador program, we learn to use the tools given to us from Positive Psychology researchers in order to combat the daily onslaught of negativity, sarcasm, or judgment that is so often weighing us down.   

Let’s take one example of how positive psychology can turn even small instances into an opportunity for enjoyment. Pretend that you’ve just arrived home, tired in need of a little relaxation, and the dog is staring at you. We can think “Ugh, I have to walk the dog”. Or, using positive psychology techniques, including mindfulness and reframing, we might turn this into, “while I walk the dog, I can get some fresh air, clear my mind, get a little exercise, and perhaps even say hello to the neighbors.” And how much better does that feel?

As a growing number of people throughout the world become increasingly aware of the benefits of practicing PPsy (gratitute, mindfulness, well-being, flow...), the more change will be felt around the Globe. 


Cohen, S., Alper, C., Doyle, W., Treanor, J., Turner, R. (2006). Positive Emotional Style Predicts Resistance to Illness After Experimental Exposure to Rhinovirus or Influenza A Virus. Psychosomatic Medicine, 68, 809- 815 

Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want. New York: Penguin

Seligman, M., Steen, T., Park, N., & Peterson, C. (2005). Positive psychology progress: Empirical validation of interventions. American Psychologist

Tindle, H.A. et al. (2008). Optimism, Hostility and Incident Coronary Heart Disease and Mortality in the Women's Health Initiative. American Heart Association Circulation, 118: S_1145-S_1146  

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                                BECOME A POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AMBASSADOR  `

"There is relief from the negativity, judgment and snarkiness you encounter as you navigate life. Each day you can choose to create ripples within your settings and community - using simple yet powerful positive psychology interventions. Make the choice to become a Positive Psychology Ambassador!"   -- John Long

In 2009, John had the privilege of completing the 8 week Mentorcoach Master Class, North of Neutral: Positive Psychology Immersion 2, taught by one of the pioneers in positive psychology, the late Christopher Peterson, Ph.D.

Imagine a life in which...

+ You can truly overcome the negativity that surrounds you, including those self-defeating thoughts.

+ You are confident that your life has meaning and purpose. 

+ You are able to turn any seemingly “negative” situation into a positive one.

+ You can help others to fortify themselves against the doubts, criticisms, and negativity that surround us in the modern world – both from our own minds and outside influences. 

+ You have tested and trusted tools with which to thrive. 

+ You are skilled at nurturing others (your students, clients, patients, employees, or
family members) so that they, too, can experience daily enrichment and meaning.

It is possible! A Positive Psychology Ambassador excels in these abilities…and more.  Bring Positive Psychology to your Community (family, friends, peers, collegues, patients, students, clients...). Bring positive psychology to LIFE and THRIVE as a PPsyA.

What is a Positive Psychology Ambassador  ::  PPsyA?

For most people, learning a few simple tools can move us from surviving to thriving! Positive Psychology uses strengths to improve our well-being, and a Positive Psychology Ambassador (PPsyA) uses these tools for the good of others, in whichever environment we find ourselves.  

By embracing and practicing several core techniques, we can move from surviving to thriving, and help others to experience more meaning in their lives, too.  

Positive Change Starts with You!

For anyone who works with people, it’s important to not only be positive for your own mental health, but also to foster positivity in others. As a Positive Psychology Ambassador, you will learn simple and fun ways to turn conversations, classes, and interactions into positive experiences for all involved. Through proven techniques, you will learn how to turn doubt and negativity into an opportunity for positivity!  

Why Become a Positive Psychology Ambassador  ::  PPsyA?

The science reports that being happier and more optimistic has many benefits, both for ourselves and others. Even with just one exercise from positive psychology, many people report feeling less sadness and increased levels of optimism and joy. And, when we learn to find meaning in our own lives, we can help others to do the same. It’s not about just “fixing what’s wrong”, we learn how to “build on the strong”.

Community Benefits of the PPsyA Program: Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of confrontation with teenagers, colleagues, or patients, we engaged with calm, resilience, and positivity? Learning how to increase our “upward spirals” and working from a position of strength – tools of the Positive Psychology Ambassador – can help to turn our conversations into fun and meaningful interactions. In addition, practicing gratitude (another tool of the PPsyA) can help to strengthen social bonds by being kind and helpful.

Wouldn’t it also be great if our teams or students were sick less often, paid more attention in class, and were more engaged in the learning materials? Positivity confers great health benefits, including less colds and flu’s, and even less chronic disease like heart disease. 

Moreover, students who are introduced to positive psychology tools receive better grades and are able to handle setbacks in school (and life) more easily. 

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Personal Benefits of the PPsyA Program:
Learning how to use positive psychology tools on a consistent (daily/weekly) basis means that we will be happier and less susceptible to depression. But did you know that happier people are also more likely to be promoted and to experience success (defined by their own terms) in their careers? Happier people not only earn more, but they are also more respected by their peers. When we are living our most optimal life, we also live longer and have better health outcomes. And, best of all, we’re happier!  

Who Should Be A Positive Psychology Ambassador ::  PPsyA?

Positive Psychology Ambassadors come from all walks of life:

  • Doctors and Nurses

  • School Counselors and Administrators

  • Teachers and Professors

  • Mental Health Counselors/Professionals

  • Sports Coaches

  • Nutrition and Wellness experts

  • Career and Life Coaches

  • Business Leaders and Managers

  • Customer Service Employees

  • Salespeople

  • Parents/Caregivers

  • Troop Leaders

  • Spiritual Leaders

  • Anybody who wants to embrace and promote a positive mindset…and THRIVE!

How Does it Work?

The Positive Psychology program is an intensive, interactive learning experience. Designed for use in both a classroom and online setting, the program can be aligned to each person’s needs, and is a personal journey into becoming a more positive and happier person. We learn practices like fostering connection, exploring mindfulness, feeling compassion, and expressing gratitude. At the end of the course, you will possess all of the know-how needed to translate your personal wellbeing into the wellbeing of others.  We’ll teach you not only the tools, but also how to determine which tool is the best fit for your specific environment and person.  

The PERMA model:

We use a variety of tools and interventions (or exercises) to assist and guide you, helping you to thrive in your career and life. Based on rigorously tested science, these tools show us how to derive meaning and engagement from our work, relationships, and interactions with others.


Cohen, S., Alper, C., Doyle, W., Treanor, J., Turner, R. (2006). Positive Emotional Style Predicts Resistance to Illness After Experimental Exposure to Rhinovirus or Influenza A Virus. Psychosomatic Medicine, 68, 809- 815 

Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want. New York: Penguin

Seligman, M., Steen, T., Park, N., & Peterson, C. (2005). Positive psychology progress: Empirical validation of interventions. American Psychologist

Tindle, H.A. et al. (2008). Optimism, Hostility and Incident Coronary Heart Disease and Mortality in the Women's Health Initiative. American Heart Association Circulation, 118: S_1145-S_1146  

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Engage in a robust training experience to embrace and promote positive psychology (PPsy). Through immersion in scientifically validated material and techniques, you can adopt a mindset of positivity. You will delve into resources and techniques allowing you to confidently combat negativity - to embody and advance applied positive psychology within your community (family, friends, peers, colleagues, patients, students, clients...). Create a joyous ripple effect as you focus your energy and efforts to bring positive psychology to LIFE and THRIVE as a PPsyA. 

Our PPsyA training is offered in three formats:

  1. In-person training workshops in metro Atlanta, GA & Jacksonville, FL. More locations coming soon.

  2. Virtual training workshop via user friendly web conferencing. Includes three, 60 minute pre-scheduled sessions. Note: For maximum student~instructor engagement, no more than 5 students will be scheduled in each of the three sessions that make up this workshop.

  3. Live, work based group workshops hosted at your organization.

  • August 29, 2015, In-person Workshop: 9am to noon  [Closed & Completed]

  • September 26, 2015, In-person Workshop: 9am to noon  [Closed and Completed]

  • December 15-17, 2015, Virtual Workshop  [Closed & Completed]

  • May 27-29, 2016, Virtual Workshop  [Closed & Completed]

  • September 2016, In-person Workshop   [Closed & Completed]

  • December 28-29, 2016, Virtual Workshop [Closed & Completed]

  • Winter 2016-2017, In-person Workshop [Closed & Completed]

  • Spring 2017, Virtual Workshop [Closed & Completed]

  • Spring 2017, In-person Workshop [Closed & Completed]

  • Summer 2017, In-person Workshop [Closed & Completed]

  • Fall 2017, In-person Workshop [Closed & Completed]

  • Winter 2017-'18, In-person Workshop [Closed & Completed]

  • February 2018, In-person Workshop in Charleston, SC [Closed & Completed]

  • June 2018, In-person Workshop in Phoenix, AZ [Closed & Completed - in conjunction with NCDA Annual Global Conference in Phoenix, AZ]

  • October 2018, In-person Workshop at Life University in Atlanta, GA [Closed and Completed] 

  • Late Spring 2019 In-person Workshop in Atlanta, GA [Closed and Completed]

  • Summer & Fall 2019 In-person Workshops in Jacksonville, FL [Closed and Completed]

  • Spring 2020 In-person Workshop in Jacksonville, FL  [Closed and Completed]

  • Summer 2020 In-person Workshops in Atlanta, GA and Jacksonville, FL [Closed and Completed]

  • Ongoing Virtual Workshops  [Open for Scheduling - Email to Inquire]

NOTE:  PPsyA training is accepted for continuing education credits by the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE, Inc.) for the Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential. Also, Individuals completing PPsyA training can claim continuing education contact hours toward the renewal of their certification from the National Career Development Association. 


Contact us today [ see Contact Page, email: or phone: 404-277-0776] with your questions and to inquire about participating in an upcoming in-person or virtual training session. We look forward to hearing from you!

© 2015-2022 — The Positive Psychology Ambassador :: PPsyA name, acronym, brand, logo, and Internet/program content is the sole property of Two Roads Resources, Inc. (TRR) and may not be used or reproduced in any form without the specific, written permission of John E. Long, President of TRR.

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