Author Event: Shannon Polly and Kathryn Britton to Discuss and Sign Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life

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On December 2, Shannon Polly and Kathryn Britton will discuss their recently launched book, 'Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life'. The event, which will be held in Arlington at 6:30 pm, is part of Busboys and Poets' Wellness Revolution series and is co-sponsored by Think Local DC and Positive Business DC.

On December 2, Shannon Polly and Kathryn Britton will discuss their recently launched book, 'Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life'. The event, which will be held in Arlington at 6:30 pm, is part of Busboys and Poets' Wellness Revolution series and is co-sponsored by Think Local First DC and Positive Business DC.

The book honors the late Christopher Petersen whose research has shown that character strengths are ubiquitous across culture and time. Within the book, there are stories, research explanations, read aloud passages, and tangible exercises to help people leverage their character strengths for higher performance and happiness.

Many acclaimed authors have endorsed the book including Martin E. P. Seligman, author of 'Authentic Happiness', Tal Ben-Shahar, author of 'Happier', and Barbara Fredrickson, author of 'Positivity'.

"This is among the best books in all of positive psychology," writes Jon Haidt author the 'The Happiness Hypothesis'. "It takes one of the most important areas of research - the character strengths - and makes it as accessible, as practical, as inspiring as could be. I particularly love that it is written for sharing. Every couple and every family should have a copy."

The event is free and will be held at 6:30 pm on December 3, 2015 at Busboys and Poets, 4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, Virginia 22206. Free appetizers will be provided. Authors Shannon Polly and Kathryn Britton will be available after the discussion to sign books. Proceeds from the book go to the Christopher Peterson Memorial Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania

About Shannon Polly
Shannon Polly is a leadership development consultant, facilitator, speaker and coach and founder of DC based consultancy, Shannon Polly & Associates. She is one of the first 100 people in the world to earn her Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree at the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Martin Seligman, and helps employees leverage their strengths for higher performance. Shannon facilitated for the U.S. Army’s Master Resiliency Training program where she has trained over 1,000 Army sergeants in psychological resilience. She is a contributor to 'Positive Psychology at Work', and a contributing author (alongside Dr. Martin Seligman) to 'European Handbook of Positive Psychology'. Shannon is an honors graduate of Yale College and the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program.

About Kathryn Britton
Kathryn Britton was a software engineer for 30 years, first at the Naval Research Laboratory and then at IBM, where she led teams and mentored many people. She now coaches professionals to help them increase well-being, positive relationships, energy, and meaning in their work lives (Theano Coaching LLC). She is also an author, writing coach, facilitator of writing workshops, and managing editor of PositivePsychologyNews.com. Kathryn teaches positive workplace concepts to graduate students in the University of Maryland’s Project Management department. Kathryn received her BA in English from Stanford, Master degrees in Library Science and Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and MAPP degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

About Think Local First DC
Think Local First is a local economic development and social justice mission based non-profit that represents over 420 local businesses. For the 420+ local businesses represented, they provide wrap around services with an empathetic, compassionate, and responsive approach to scaling those businesses and the local business economy.

About Positive Business DC
Positive Business DC (@PositiveBizDC) was founded in 2012 by Shannon Polly, MAPP, Marcia Moran, and Donna Hemmert, MAPP, to inform and inspire leaders across the Metro DC region to increase well-being, productivity and profitability in the workplace. More than a decade of rigorous scientific research shows that well-being can be measured, taught, and increased through the tools developed from the science of positive psychology. Infusing these elements into corporate DNA enables organizations to increase productivity, reduce absenteeism and turnover, and drastically improve the bottom line.

About Busboys and Poets
Busboys and Poets is a community gathering place. First established in 2005, Busboys and Poets was created by owner Anas "Andy" Shallal, an Iraqi-American artist, activist and restaurateur. After opening the flagship location at 14th and V Streets, NW (Washington, DC), the neighboring residents and the progressive community embraced Busboys, especially activists opposed to the Iraq War. Busboys and Poets is now located in six distinctive neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area and is a community resource for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers.

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