By Keith Edwards, Macalester College, Heather Shea Gasser, Michigan State University, and Grant Anderson, University of Minnesota

Last year at the 2013 ACPA Convention in Las Vegas, the three of us debuted a well-received presentation called “Positive Psychology and Student Affairs Leadership” and wrote this post about our session on Keith’s blog. Since then, the themes from the presentation remain present and relevant in each our three lives, so we reprised the session for a second year and delved deeper into seven specific themes. We’ve been talking a lot about how our reading on positive psychology has transformed our student affairs leadership and how we live our lives. Our presentation at ACPA 2014 in Indianapolis allowed us to further develop and fine-tune this presentation.

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Do you remember FISH! Philosophy? It was big in the early 2000s. I was in my second job out of grad school working in the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL) at the University of Arizona when the management group of the student union decided to adopt FISH! Philosophy and implement it across the departments. There were trainings, reward structures, certificates, and FISH! activities. In short, FISH! was everywhere.

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