Charting the difference between “toxic positivity” and support

Positivity is powerful, but it isn’t always the best way to help others, writes Sarah Schuster in Good Magazine. Her observations come in response to a “Toxic Positivity” graphic that has picked up steam on a number of popular social media platforms. The graphic was created by Whitney Hawkins Goodman, LMFT, owner of The Collaborative [...]

By |2019-04-29T18:00:55+10:00April 29th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

Cultivating Positive Emotions May Be Good For Your Health

“Look on the sunny side of life.” “Turn your face toward the sun, and the shadows will fall behind you.” “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.” “See the glass as half-full, not half-empty.” Researchers are finding that thoughts like these, the hallmarks of people sometimes called “cockeyed [...]

By |2017-04-03T09:13:28+10:00April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Which Personality Traits Are Most Predictive Of Wellbeing?

We all want more well-being in our lives. But which traits are most likely to be associated with well-being? This is an important question because it can help inform our decision to cultivate some aspects of our being over others, and can even inform culture-wide interventions to increase societal levels of well-being. The 5 Personal [...]

5 Proven Truths About Finding Happiness

Pixabay Images Happiness is a state we all want to achieve, but it often seems elusive. Have you ever felt happy one moment and then thought that it won’t last, which makes you feel less happy in the next moment? How frustrating is that? What is happiness? Is it a state of mind, a mood, or a way [...]

Personality Influences Lifespan As Much As Socio-economic Status

Giuseppe Lami/EPA On this day in 1930, the Mother Superior of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, sent a letter asking every member of the sisterhood to write an autobiography. She offered few further instructions, and so left it up to each member of the order to decide how to [...]

Our Sinister, Soul-sapping Happiness Industry

Pixabay Images On a recent sodden weekend walk, I tried to cheer myself up by thinking: it’s not so bad. Not the slugs or the sky or the rain making its way down a gap between neck and waterproof. But I couldn’t do it. Losing heart, I turned back. Glump, glump, glump through the [...]

Do People Transmit Happiness by Smell?

As emotions go, happiness usually hides in plain sight: seen in a broad smile, heard in a raucous laugh, felt in a big hug.But new research suggests there may be a less obvious way to pick up on another person's positive vibes: smell. - Alan Mozes Source: Do people transmit happiness by smell? - - [...]

3 Ways To Improve Your Mood And Wellbeing

Research by Barbara Fredrickson and Martin Seligman has shown that individuals can boost their wellbeing by improving the way in which they view their life. 1. What Went Well? A simple way to reframe your outlook on life is to ask, “What went well today?” and list them. Try to find three positives. This also [...]

By |2014-11-28T07:45:56+11:00November 28th, 2014|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

Trying to Stay Positive

How positive are you? Dr Barbara Fredrickson has designed a simple questionnaire to answer that question! Take it at:     Go on… it only takes 2 mins. Then come back to me.   Done? OK.   Are you close to the recommended 3:1 Positivity Ratio required to flourish?   Does this surprise you? [...]

What do you Expect?

For the most part, I believe that kids tend to rise or fall based on the expectations of the adults in their life. Last year, I was reminded of the book, 'Pygmalion in the Classroom' when I attended a workshop by James Nottingham. The book describes an experiment carried out in a US elementary school to test this [...]