Miscellaneous, Positive Living Newsletter

Miscellany October 2020

A NEW CERTIFICATE COURSE on the New Science of Staying Positive in the Midst of COVID-19 Related Suffering and Death

Learn from one of the originators of second wave positive psychology (PP 2 .0) about how to embrace the dark side of human existence.

Dr. Paul T. P. Wong will offer a Certificate Course on PP 2.0. This course represents exciting new developments in positive psychology. You will learn the following:

  1. How to see the light and remain optimistic during the darkest hours.
  2. How to embrace your “evil twin” in order to become an authentic and complete self.
  3. How to cultivate the mature happiness of peace, joy, and contentment in the midst of troubles and shortages.
  4. How to become your best self by transcending all your limitations and pursuing the highest ideals of truth, goodness, and excellence.

Since people are complex and life is complicated, PP 2.0 favors a
holistic approach to research and interventions that can deepen our understanding of wellbeing and achieve durable results. STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS!

CALL FOR PAPERS for a new collection on COVID-19 and Existential Positive Psychology


In the era of COVID-19, many people have suffered high levels of stress and mental health problems. To cope with the widespread of suffering (physical, psychological, social, and economical) the positive psychology of personal happiness is no longer adequate.

One of the exciting new developments in psychology is existential positive psychology (PP 2.0) based on Viktor Frankl’s theory of self-transcendence as a promising framework for research and intervention on how to achieve sustainable wellbeing and happiness through transforming inevitable suffering and inherent human limitations.

This may be the most exciting positive news coming out from COVID-19, because it provides a realistic yet optimistic blueprint for research and intervention that we can use to turn all our negative experiences to our advantage for personal growth and success.

This Research Topic aims to examine the different approaches to Positive Psychology and their influence on individual wellbeing during the COVID-19 era. We welcome diverse approaches discussing overcoming the challenges of every stage of development; the role of self-transcendence in resilience, virtue, meaning, and happiness; the upside of negative emotions; cultivating the resilient mindset and character; and how to use suffering to achieve our potential.

My FREE e-book, Effective Coping with COVID-19 According to Viktor E. Frankl and Paul T. P. Wong, is out now!

Please follow this link to download your free copy. This book is a response to the enormous threat to our mental health posed by COVID-19. The pandemic has exposed both the inadequacy of our present mental health system and the inherent limitations of human beings. The traditional way of facing disruptions with individual strengths is no longer adequate in overcoming this global disaster, which calls for a collective and transformative way of coping.

I have put together this resource book based on my expertise in coping, meaning therapy and existential positive psychology. This book shows how you can develop your innate capabilities and coping skills to adapt well to the era of the pandemic. This book is grounded in both scientific research and clinical experiences. It was written in an inspirational but down-to-earth manner. The new vision of resilience and joy in the face of an uncertain future will empower you to go through the darkest hours with optimism.