Create All Good – Paneugenesis – in Prisons?

Is it possible to use selfish, selfless, synergy to create all good and generate comprehensive improvements by creating interactions so everyone and everything benefits in prisons? Germany’s new approach to prisons, the same country that created and used concentration camps to break people, now uses a dramatically different approach that may benefit society. The first section of the 60 Minutes video below shows their recent presentation about how they are jailing people in Germany.

This new approach that helps people learn how to be to contributing members of society, rather than punishing them, shows promise. This approach also lines up with Steven Pinker’s findings that suggest society is becoming moral, see this post.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts about this development. Make it a great Holiday!

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

A Clear Message about Climate Change

Amazingly, it has become necessary to go to “Fake” News to get scientifically valid statements about Climate Change. I encourage you to watch John Oliver, and these post, post, post, post, post post or the many of the other posts this site.

Remember making helpful climate choices helps you and everyone and everything benefit because you generate comprehensive improvements. I look forward to hearing how you make your contribution toward making this a better world for all of us to enjoy.

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

“Yes and…” Improvisation Helps Science Innovate

“Yes and…” will be my default response to ideas because this response yields more creative and  innovative results. Uri Alon explains, “Why Truly Innovative Science Demands a Leap into the Unknown” in this TED Presentation by describing how Improv training helps him and his students develop and create innovative scientific progress.

The main message I got from Uri reminded me of a lesson I learned from the wise Izzy Gessell about responding “Yes and…” and the value of improvisation training to life. Using these ideas may help you make better even better. I look forward to hearing about how you have said “yes and…” to existing consequences so you learned to create interactions so everyone and everything benefits.

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

I look forward to hearing about how you use selfish, selfless, synergy to Practice Paneugenesis by creating interactions so everyone and everything benefits!

How I formed My Thoughts about Climate Change

Nothing means anything until we decide it does. Climate change is a raging debate. To me it is not a debate and it is from information like what Jim Hansen Presents in this TED talk, Why I had to speak out about climate change – that helped me have my opinion.

He is a former NASA scientist and in February 2012 I believe he gave one of the best presentations about the science behind climate change. I encourage you to watch.

Be Well’r,

Craig Becker

I look forward to hearing about how you use selfish, selfless, synergy to Practice Paneugenesis by creating interactions so everyone and everything benefits!

Flourish by Seligman


I just finished reading Seligman’s Flourish. As usual, he provides a great book with helpful information. The book provides well documented information and valuable insight into Positive Psychology. In this book he encourages the move toward well-being which he describes as more than happiness for positive psychology. He provides the PERMA model as his theory of well-being which adds to the happiness theory he provided in Authentic Happiness.

PERMA: P-ositve emotion; E-ngagement; R-positive Relationships; M-eaningful life; A-chievement

The book however left me wanting more. It reminded me of the conversation I had with him at his presentation about a Positive Psychology strategies to treat depression he made at APA conference I attended. In his presentation he reported that using these strategies were more effective and people who received these treatments were less depressed.

My question , how is that positive? Being less depressed is wonderful, of course, however that does not mean they are achieving positive health, it just means they have less negative health. I have adopted his idea of categorizing health on a number scale, that is 0 is neither positive or negative, negative means there problems and positive numbers are better than just not bad or the absence of problems. I refer this to as exceed expectations (see video here) and also can be thought of as Flourishing, Thriving or Excelling.

With this in mind, I believe for us to truly achieve positive health we must start by aiming for an idealized outcome, something that would represent +3 and could not happen as things are now. To achieve true Positive health, we must make it happen. Using the idea of paneugenesis (linked to video) we also must think how our +3 also benefits others because benefitting others benefits us. In other words, to achieve true +3 we must create interactions so everyone and everyTHING benefits.

To me, if we are to Flourish, we must practice paneugenesis which is selfish, selfless, synergy so everything benefits.

Make it a Great Day!

Arabic Version of Salutogenic Wellness Promotion Scale

If you are interested I encourage you to look at the article I did with Dr. Al-Hadid in Jordan about the Arabic version of the Salutogenic Wellness Promotion Scale developed.

Article AJHE-Arabic SWPS

Below is the abstract:


Viewing an individual’s ability to not just maintain but improve good health conditions is a positive perspective of health provided by wellness promotion. Although crucial in today’s understanding of health, no Arabic tools were found to measure this concept.


The purpose of this study was to validate and measure the psychometric properties of the Salutogenic Wellness Promotion Scale–Arabic version (SWPS–Arabic), a tool designed to measure positive health.


A cross-sectional design was used on Jordanian university students. The sample consisted of 640 self-selected students to conduct an exploratory factor analysis with a cutoff value of 0.40. A demographic questionnaire and the 26-item SWPS–Arabic were the measures used to collect the data.


The final 20-item, 4-factor SWPS–Arabic had an overall Cronbach’s alpha of .941; the factors had Cronbach’s alpha ranges of .900 to .734. These factors were labeled as follows: socio-spiritual, physico-vocational, emotional, and intellectual. The first 4 items explained 55% of the total variance.


The SWPS–Arabic is reliable and valid, but further psychometric evaluation is needed.

Translation to Health Education Practice

Using this tool assists educators in structuring strategies and plans for wellness promotion.