Inspiration and gratitude

The goal of this journal is for you, your communities and the world you live in to benefit from the many practical and preventative benefits of wellbeing. We could not have written it for you without studying the work of many forward-thinking professional researchers and practitioners. While we recognise that this is not an exhaustive list, we have been especially inspired by the work of the people below:




Fred Bryant, PhD  Loyola University/Chicago Savouring 
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD  Claremont Graduate University Flow
Ed Diener, PhD  University of Illinois/Urbana Champaign Subjective Wellbeing
Charles Duhigg New York Times Habits
Angela Duckworth, PhD University of Pennsylvania  Grit
Carol Dweck, PhD  Stanford University Mindset
Robert A. Emmons, PhD University of California/Davis Gratitude
Barbara Fredrickson, PhD  University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill Positivity
Jane Gillham, PhD Swarthmore College Rider and the Elephant
Jonathan Haidt,PhD New York University  Resilience
Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD University of Pennsylvania Creativity
Barbara Kendall, Olympian  Oceania National Olympic Committees  Sport
Peggy Kern, PhD Melbourne University PERMA Profiler Research
Shane Lopez, PhD  Clifton Strengths Institute (d. 2016) Hope
Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD University of California/Riverside Happiness
Kristin Neff, PhD  University of Texas/Austin Mindful and Compassionate Living
Christopher Peterson, PhD University of Michigan (d. 2012) Strengths
Tayyab Rashid, PhD  University of Toronto Strengths
Timothy Pychyl, PhD Carleton University Procrastination
John Ratey, MD Harvard Medical School  Exercise
Tom Rath, MAPP The Gallup Organization  Wellbeing 
Karen Reivich, PhD  University of Pennsylvania Optimism 
Edwina Ricci  Maroondah VIC AU, City of Wellbeing Community Partnerships 
Martin Seligman, PhD University of Pennsylvania PERMA Wellbeing Model
Emma Seppala, PhD Stanford University Mindfulness
Lea Waters, PhD Melbourne University Positive Functioning
Jon Kabat-Zinn University of Massachusetts Medical School Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh Plum Village, Southwest France Mindfulness & Peace
Brandon Bays The Journey Mind/ Body Healing
Ajahn Brahm Bodhinyana Monastery Kindfulness
Shamash Alidina The Museum of Happiness Mindfulness & Happiness

We thank the Oceania Australia Foundation and the Organisation of Sports Federations of Oceania for their support of the Positive Edge Journal project. We recognise the excellent research of the VIA Institute on Character whose strengths survey you take in the Positive Edge Journal section on Strengths. We would also like to thank our families whose sacrifice of nights and weekends helped us to move this project to completion.

Finally, we thank Edwina Ricci for her inimitable strengths and patience as the leader of this project. Without her global wellbeing vision, her commitment to collaboration and passion for making a difference to peoples lives, the Positive Edge Journal would not have become a reality.

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