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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Welcome!

Hi everyone, some of you pointed out that I forgot to introduce myself so here goes… I’m a thirty-something year old living in London after recently moving back from the UAE, where I worked for ten years between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. My professional background is in education and I’ve taken a sabbatical to complete […]

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Well-Being

Well-being is a buzz word these days. Everyone wants a piece of it and there are endless suggestions on how to get it. How many people do you know that are dabbling in mindfulness and meditation? Earnestly colouring in mandala patterns or partaking in a body scan and breathing exercise after completing their sun salutations? […]

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Positive Psychology

A little background… Positive psychology was brought to the forefront when Martin Seligman used the term ‘positive psychology’ in his inaugural speech as President of the American Psychological Association in 1999. This set out the perceived need for a change of focus due to the belief that psychology was over-focused on healing mental illness and […]

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