Sustainable Well-being

Well-being encompasses our physical and mental health and the term is often interchanged with happiness or flourishing within positive psychology. People with higher levels of well-being experience more positive than negative emotions, satisfaction with their lives and a sense of meaning. There are many things we have in common with other people that help build […]

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Your Mental Diet

Most of us know what to do to help keep our bodies healthy. We’re aware that lifestyle choices impact on our physical health and things like smoking or over-indulging in alcohol aren’t going to do us any favours. Likewise, it’s drilled into us that junk food should be consumed in moderation and we need to […]

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Explore Your Passions

After learning more about work well-being the other week, I was reminded of my friend Louella who has made well-being a priority in both her work and home life. I met Lou when we worked in the UAE as part of the team opening a new school. It quickly became clear that she was an […]

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How happy are you at work?

I recently completed a course on work well-being. As many of us spend a huge chunk of our day in a work environment, it’s interesting to learn more about the different factors that affect our work well-being. what does work do for us? So, what does work actually do for us – apart from providing […]

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Meaning and Purpose

Eudaimonic Well-Being Last time we explored hedonia – one of the pathways to happiness/well-being. Now to look at the second pathway, eudaimonia, in more detail. Eudaimonia: has roots in the Ancient Greek words ‘eu’ meaning good and ‘daimon’ meaning power, fate, lesser deity or guiding spirit. A brief review; eudaimonic well-being comes from actions which […]

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Pleasure

HAPPINESS Happiness is often thought of and talked about as if it’s an end goal, something that we’re pursuing and hoping to find or eventually achieve. Once we have it, the hope is it’ll remain for good. Of course, life experience tells us otherwise.  Happiness comes and goes and the things that create it at […]

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Pathways to Well-being

Subjective Well-Being (SWB) In the last post about well-being, we saw that the terms ‘happiness’ and ‘well-being’ are often used interchangeably to describe feelings such as joy, contentment and a sense that life is meaningful within positive psychology. What generates these feelings in our lives is unique to us. SWB = satisfaction with life + […]

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