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Positive Psychology Is Rooted In The Radical Idea That You Are Not A Problem To Fix

Pixabay Images All we can ever hope to do, Sigmund Freud once wrote, is “to change neurotic misery into common unhappiness.” This pessimistic statement from arguably the most influential psychological theorist of modern times captured the mood that prevailed in psychology through most of the 20th century. That is, most psychologists, psychiatrists, and [...]

15 Habits That Are Costing You Happiness

Flickr Images 1. Comparing yourself to others. Comparison has been called the thief of joy and for good reason — every minute you spend wishing you were someone else is a minute of your own life wasted. Comparing yourself to others also misses the whole point of your life — to be you, [...]

Four ways to thrive at work

When it comes to your work and your life, would you confidently describe yourself as “thriving”? Research published in 2002 shows around seven out of every 10 people are in the languishing zone – in other words, just getting by. The Corey Keyes paper published in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour studied data [...]

Listen to the kids

Last Friday I spent the day at the Student Wellbeing Action Network (SWAN) Symposium co-hosted by Wellbeing Australia and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY).    The day brought together policy makers, researchers, practitioners, teachers and – most importantly for me – students to talk about how approaches to wellbeing can be [...]

Flourishing – The 5 Ingredients

I wonder how often schools focus on achievement at the expense of wellbeing? Dr Martin Seligman is regarded as the founder of Positive Psychology, and he coined the term "flourishing" to describe someone who has optimized their levels of wellbeing. They experience positive emotions, enjoy healthy relationships and have high levels of engagement, meaning and [...]

By |2012-08-17T18:12:01+10:00February 13th, 2012|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: |2 Comments
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