Mental Health and Meditation

Mental Health and Meditation

For the purpose of this blog, it is necessary to clarify a few common myths that are associated with Positive Psychology to help remove the notion that this field of science resembles that of a bouncy cheerleading group and couldn’t possibly be of any value to those...

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Strengths

Strengths

What is a strength? Well it’s something we’re good at isn’t it? Well, yes AND no, a strength is more than just something that we’re good at. A strength can also be carrying out a task that comes naturally to us and at the same time provides us with satisfaction when...

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Positive Emotions

Positive Emotions

Positive Emotions have been extensively studied by evolutionary psychologist Barbara Fredrickson. Their role in the lives of our ancestors, she argues, was one which fuelled survival. The evolutionary benefits of negative emotions in evoking the ‘fight or flight’...

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Optimism vs. Pessimism

Optimism vs. Pessimism

Just from looking at the title, you are probably assuming that in the Positive Psychology world optimism is a main-stay in the diet. Yes, optimism does have benefits related to well-being. However, we also know that it can be overdone and that pessimism rightly has a...

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Flourishing

Flourishing

This topic, above all others, is the most difficult to explain and to do broad justice to the actual sense of meaning. Why on might ask; simply because flourishing can only be evaluated and described by the individual. In his book Flourish, Dr. Martin Seligman brings...

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The Art of Positive Savouring

The Art of Positive Savouring

In the world of Positive Psychology, savouring is best described by the model created by Fred Bryant and Joseph Veroff that defines savouring as “noticing and appreciating the positive aspects of life – the positive counterpart to coping. Savoring is more than...

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Starting A New Job

Starting A New Job

Starting a new job. It is often the start of a new year that people think about their career and moving on to pastures new. If you do take the plunge and take up a new job, you may be interested in how I took a strengths-focused approach to a past job transition. I...

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