Positive Fridays

Positive Fridays

Building a Positive Community

The purpose of Positive Fridays (affectionately called “TGIPF” for short) is to build community and share research knowledge among the positive psychology master’s and doctoral students in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University.

About one Friday a month during the academic year, faculty, students, and invited guests will gather and discuss cutting edge research and application in the field of Positive Psychology.

Organizing Team

Faculty Sponsors

  • Dr. Jeanne Nakamura
  • Dr. Jeffrey Yip

2015 – 2016 TGIPF Fellows

The TGIPF Fellows are selected each year by the positive psychology faculty prior to the start of the Fall semester. Fellows will serve for one full year and complete a variety of duties in support of the TGIPF program.

Participating Faculty

  • Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Dr. Stewart Donaldson
  • Dr. Allen Omoto
  • Dr. Becky Reichard
  • Dr. Kendall Bronk

Founding Faculty

  • Dr. Jeanne Nakamura
  • Dr. Becky Reichard

Previous Positive Fridays


Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Dr. Tim Kasser: Goal and Value Circumplex Models
Room: Burkle 14
Time: 11:45 AM – 1 PM
“Overview of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Aims in Life

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Student Speakers: Celebration and Presentation of Student Research
Room: ACB 214
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
“Rhonda Rodgers: Mental and Emotional Self-Management Outcomes of a Short-format Intervention”
“Derrick McLean: A Different Kind of Passion”

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Dr. Pam King: Examining Spirituality in the Lives of Exemplars
Room: Burkle 16
Time:12 PM – 1 PM
“Dr. King’s work examines spirituality and religion as a developmental asset for thriving. SHe will be sharing research examining spirituality in the lives of adolscent exemplars from around the world. She has served on the board of the Journal of Positive Psychology and works for the Thrive Center on Human Development”

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Kickball Event: Positive Peering Picnic and Kickball
At Cahuilla Park
Time: 1 – 4 PM
“PMP and TGIPF collaborated event”

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Dr. Darcia Narvaez: Identifying Baselines for Human Flourishing and Development
Room: Burkle 16
TIme: 12 – 1 PM
“Dr. Darcia Narvaez is Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. Her work examines well-being through early life experiences and comparing contemporary styles of parenting with hunter-gatherer styles of parenting. She is the author of Neurobiology and The Development of Human Morality and Evolution: Early Experience and Human Development.”

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Dr. Jeff Yip: Positive Fridays and Org Talks Welcome New Professor
Room: Burkle 16
Time: 12 – 1 PM
“A mini presentation and discussion on “Developmental Networks: A Relational Perspective to being well and doing good”

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Study Break: Decorate Cookies and Relax Together
Room: ACB 214
Time: 12:15 PM – 2:15 PM
“Join us for our last Positive Fridays event of the semester in taking a much needed break from studying”

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Dr. Sonja Lyumbomirsky: Q&A session Regarding Happiness Research
Room: Burkle 16
Time: 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
“Sonja Lyubomirsky is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and author of The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness. Her books provide strategies backed by scientific research that can be used to increase happiness.”

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

TGIPF! Nature Hike: Going Up Mount Baldy
Time: 11 Am – 3 PM

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Dr. Kim Cameron: Speaking about Fostering Positive Leadership (Skype Session)
Room: Burkle 16
Time: 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
“Leadership’s positive impact on organizations and energizing the working environment”
“Kim Cameron is the William Russel Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. He is also the chair of the IPPA’s Fourth World Congress on Positive Psychology.”

TGIPF! Meet and Greet: Welcome students and kick off the new year
“Meet fellow positive students and faculty, learn more about Positive Fridays, and get to buy a Positive Fridays t-shirt!”

Friday, September 14, 2012

Positive Community Meet-and-Greet
Room: ACB 214
12:30 – 1:30 PM
“Get to know your fellow positive classmates, learn about what Positive Fridays are and learn what we will be doing this semester!”

Friday, October 19, 2012

Panel Discussion: “Civic Engagement”
Room: ACB 214
12:30 – 1:30 PM
“A fantastic selection of panelists with expertise in different aspects of civic engagement will speak about how, why, and what civic engagement is, with bonus questions about the upcoming presidential election.”

Friday, November 16, 2012

Positive Psych and Entrepreneurship
Room: ACB 214
12:30 – 1:30 PM

“A special session co-hosted with the Drucker EVC club aimed at positive practices in the business world. Come to learn, come to observe, come to compete – may the best practices win!”

Friday, December 7, 2012

Au Revoir, Fall Semester – A Final Savoring event
Room: ACB 214
12:30 – 1:30 PM

“Come to relax with the art of savoring as we help hit the refresh button on your spirit just in time for final exams. If you don’t know what savoring is, don’t worry. Just trust us when we say – it’s one of life’s most delicious practices!”

Friday, September 30, 2011

“The Past, Present and Future of Positive Fridays”
Room: Albrecht Auditorium
12 ~ 1 PM

Friday, November 4, 2011

Panel Discussion: “Leader Development and Positive Psychology in Practice”
Room: Burkle 16
11:30 ~ 1 PM
Co-Sponsored with the Org Talks program

Friday, December 2, 2011

Guest Speaker
Dr. Reed Larson: Beyond the Individual: Peer Interactions as a Forum of Positive Development
Room: Albrecht Auditorium
12 ~ 1:30 PM

Dr. Larson is Former President of the Society for Research on Adolescence and is a lifespan scholar who has done influential work on adolescent daily life and development, the family, and aging, including both basic and applied research. His research, supported by NIH, NIMH, and NICHD, has been summarized in scores of articles in Developmental Psychology, Child Development, Applied Developmental Psychology, and the major adolescence journals, and books including Being Adolescent and Divergent Realities.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Guest Speaker
Paul Zak: Neuroeconomics Meets Positive Psychology
Room: Burkle 12

Dr. Paul J. Zak is a scientist, prolific author, entrepreneur, TV personality, and public speaker. He is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Guest Speaker
Mashi Rahmani: Application of Positive Psychology in the Workplace
12-2 PM
Room: Burkle 12

Mashi Rahmani is founder and CEO of MMC, Inc., a pioneer in Human Resources Outsourcing servicing healthcare and professional clients. Founded in 1983, MMC has been at the forefront of human resource outsourcing providing its Innovative Management Approach for professionals.  Mr. Rahmani began his career at NASA in project management during the Apollo-Soyuz and Space Shuttle era. In addition to his work with UCLA, Mr. Rahmani is a Colleague of Claremont Graduate University and sits on it’s Board of Trustees.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Student-led Discussions
11:45 – 1 PM
Location: ACB 214

Friday, May 6, 2011

Celebration and Poster Session
4 – 6 PM
Location: ACB 214

  • Show off your Positive Psychology Poster with a chance to win a prize
  • Mingle and learn about your colleagues ideas for research and application of Positive Psychology
  • Celebrate the end of the semester with wine and cheese

Friday, October 8, 1:00-2:30 pm

Guest Speaker
James Avey: Positive Psychological Capital
Room Burkle 12

James Avey, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management and Management in the Department of Management at Central Washington University. Dr. Avey is the Director of the Northwest Center for Organizational Research (NWCOR), which exists to advance the understanding, practice and development of managerial leadership methods that are both ethical and optimal for organizational performance. Professor Avey is the recipient of several research and teaching awards.

Lunch provided by TGIPF.

Friday, November 5, 12:00-1:30 pm

Student Presentations
Room Burkle 12

  • Michael Warren: Effects of Relational Meditation on Well-Being in Older Adults
  • Ryan Merlin: An Organizational Model for Promoting Positive Health Behavior Change
  • Ia Ko: Studying and Applying Positive Psychology Without Talking Positive Psychology

Brown Bag lunch. Light snacks provided.

Friday, November 19, 12:15-1:15 pm

Guest speaker:
Dr. Shane Lopez of the Gallup Organization: The Economics of Wellbeing
Room Burkle 16

Dr. Shane J. Lopez examines the measurement of wellbeing (youth and adult) as well as its economic implications.

Dr.  Lopez is Senior Scientist in Residence at the Gallup Organization and Resident Director of the Clifton Strengths School. He specializes in hope and strengths enhancement for students from preschool through college graduation, advocating a whole-school strengths model that also builds the strengths expertise of educators, parents, and youth development organizations. He was also architect of the Gallup Student Poll.