My blog explores a variety of topics linked to improving both our own well-being and that of those around us. Many posts are informed by positive psychology and offer ways we can proactively build positive changes in our thoughts and behaviours.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) suggests five ways we can connect with nature to improve our well-being. As well as these simple tips, they also offer access to a free, in depth ‘Thriving With Nature’ guide which explores links between our well-being and the outdoors and suggests practical activities to engage with.
Loneliness is a complex emotion – and although it’s likely that we have or will feel lonely at some point in life, our experiences of loneliness are personal to us. The post below was written by Henny Syers, an experienced educator and positive psychology practitioner based in Bali. Like all of us, Henny has beenContinue reading “Loneliness Matters”
When I learnt about WoW! News, I was keen to share it with you. Providing young people with opportunities to access age appropriate and balanced news is so important – WoW! News offers a platform to engage children with current affairs in a more positive and solution focused manner. It’s an invaluable tool that hasContinue reading “WoW! News”
Developing children’s emotional intelligence and teaching them to recognise their emotions can help children to overcome stress, manage aggression and express their feelings. It has an impact on their overall well-being, behaviour and relationships with others. One way to do this is to help children understand and recognise the different parts of the brain andContinue reading “Our Brain”
This is an excerpt from a blog post ‘Living in Flow: what is it and how to enter the flow state?’ written by Pr. Ilona Boniwell which originally appeared on her Positran consultancy website. Pr. Boniwell is an expert and leading figure in Positive Psychology. Have you ever spent half an hour searching the internetContinue reading “Flow”
If you’re curious how you score on e.g. emotional intelligence, empathy, mindfulness, gratitude or levels of stress and anxiety, the Greater Good Science Center has free online quizzes on these topics and more. You can take them as a one off or set up an account, save your quiz scores and track your progress overContinue reading “Quizzes”
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Courage has been a desirable and valued characteristic throughout time. Courageous, brave, heroic, strong individuals are celebrated, while those who are perceived to lack this quality are viewed as weak, cowardly, timid, fearful… But is identifying acts of courage that simple? Should we be questioning judgments more – for example, is there more than oneContinue reading “Courage”
Happify has some great infographics, this one on the impact pets can have on our happiness and well-being says it all…
The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size. Albert Einstein What Is It? Interested, inquisitive, eager to know, intrigued – these are all things you may feel when experiencing curiosity. When you’re curious, you want to learn more about something and may e.g. spend time researching, talking about orContinue reading “Curiosity”
If you’re interested in learning more about Positive Education, or generally exploring well-being and resilience in education, the following publications are a good place to start. Within the texts you’ll find references and suggestions for further reading on topics of particular interest. Many should be available at your local bookshop or library, alternatively they canContinue reading “Education: Well-Being and Resilience Books”
This is the second part of an article on resilience written by Pr. Ilona Boniwell which originally appeared on her Positran consultancy website. Pr. Boniwell is an expert and leading figure in Positive Psychology. Areas of research and practice that inform our current understanding of resilience include: 1) Coping Coping literature talks about three broadContinue reading “Resilience Research”
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