Thursday, March 29, 2012

Positivity Matters

The vision of Positivity Matters is a world where all people experience high levels of wellbeing. We use strength-based community building practices to turn that vision into reality.

Elements of Positivity Matters:
1. We host Community Matters radio, every Monday from 11:30am-noon central time on KZUM 89.3 FM
Podcasts: click here

2. We are co-hosting Happiness Lincoln: A Summit on Wellbeing on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at UNL.
Free registration:

3. We host Wellbeing Discussion Groups
Free and open to the public. All are welcome! 
Meet and converse with other people who are interested in increasing their wellbeing.

The Wellbeing Discussion Group - Indigo Bridge
Indigo Bridge Books
701 P St | Lincoln, NE 68508
Fridays from 12-1pm

4. We help admin the Positive Psychology group on Facebook: 

Positivity Matters is a proud member of the Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln

Positivity Matters on Facebook


A calendar of events for Positivity Matters and  partnering organizations.

Upcoming Events:

Positivity Matters Discussion Group
When: Fridays from 12-1pm
Where: Indigo Bridge Books in the Creamery Building | 701 P St.
Free and open to the public. All are welcome.
We will have a “Positivity Matters Meetup” sign up on one of the tables.

Past Events:

Creating a Community Leadership Mentoring Network:
Vision: A healthy community rich in well-being and community leadership capital.
Mission: To turn that vision into reality we seek to build an adult mentoring program to link together people who have an innate drive to curate positive community experiences like festivals, service projects, and community conversations.
Where: The community room at NET Television | 1800 N 33rd St, Lincoln, NE
When: 10-11am, Saturday, October 12, 2013
Free and open to the public. All are welcome!

Event notice on:

Feeding the Soul of the Community: Celebrating the Splendor of Ideas, Art, and Storytelling
Where: NET Television | 1800 N 33rd St | Lincoln, NE
When: Saturday, January 26th 2013 from 10-11am

Local connectors speaking how they seek to feed the soul of the community and what inspires them.
Each panelist will discuss:

  • What is the story of the project they organize?
  • What is vision of the project they organize?

Marco Abel, Humanities on the Edge Co-founder -
Brian Ardinger, The Big Plate Co-founder -
Randy Bretz, TEDxLincoln Curator -
Derek Dibbern, Icarus Session Host -
Martha Florence, NET Engagement Coordinator -
Aja Martin, Indigo Bridge Books Manager -
David Martin, True Stories Live Organizer -
Cherisse McCoy, Omaha TED Talk Meetup Group-
Amanda Thonen, Lincoln Startup Weekend Curator -
Sandra Williams, UNL - Art in the Community

Positivity Matters helped amplify the Cameron Effect in 2012 - a community wide compassion and kindness project.

The 2012 Cameron Effect kickoff at Nebraska Wesleyan University on 9/11:

The Seeds of Kindness celebration at The Sheldon Museum of Art on December 7, 2012:

Toward a Strengths-Based Community:
A panel discussion and community conversation
Free and open to the public. All are welcome.
Where: 5th Floor Conference Room in the  Lincoln Community Foundation building at 215 Centennial Mall
When: Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 10-11am.

A link to event information on Facebook:

Cameron Effect & Positivity Matters Partnership Project:   

Veg Fest 2012
When: Saturday, October 6, 2012, 2-5:30pm
Where: Holmes Lake Park 

Lincoln Arts Festival
When: Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 10am - 6pm and Sunday, September 23, 2012 from 10am - 5pm
Where: SouthPointe Pavilions - 2910 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, NE

Presentation to the University of Nebraska:
What is positive psychology and why does it matter? 
How can Positivity Matters make a difference in my life, the life of the University, and in the life of the communities we are a part of? 
When: Friday, Aug 3, 2012 from 11:30am-1pm. 

A Community Conversation on Philanthropy featuring:
  • Amanda Garner from Nebraska Global   
  • Robin Mahoney from the United Way of Lincoln/Lancaster County
  • Paula Metcalf from the Lincoln Community Foundation
  • Monica Zinke from Fresh Start
When: Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 10-11am
Where: Northern Lights Hy-Vee | 84th & Holdrege

Presentation to Sunrise Rotary:
When: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 from 7-8pm
Where: IHOP | 27th St & Superior

Positivity Matters' appearance on the Healthy Kids & Healthy Families segment on KLKN Channel 8.  Friday, July 6, 2012

Meet the Media Day - a community conversation to understand how the local media organizations (NET Television, KZUM, Lincoln Journal Star) see themselves as part of the cultural fabric of Lincoln.This event took place at NET Television at 10am on Saturday, March 24, at NET Television | 1800 N 33rd St.

Nick Hernandez spoke about Positivity Matters at the Lincoln Northeast Kiwanis meeting on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

A screening of Happy - Documentary & Faculty Panel Discussion
Nebraska Wesleyan University
February 21, 2012
Positivity Matters provided signed copies of books on positive psychology to give away at the screening which included:
Emotional Equations by Chip Conley
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky - as featured in Happy
Drive by Dan Pink

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Links to the Posts of Positivity Matters:
Positivity Matters: Main Entry
Positivity Matters - Lincoln
Happiness Lincoln 2014
Positivity Matters Around the World  

Drivers of Positive Community Development
10 Great Places of Lincoln x 10 Great Things to Do at Each