The Lighter Side of Life

Humour is known to lift the mood, enhance connection between people and increase feelings of positive emotion. While it can include more obvious things like telling jokes and making others laugh, it also involves being able to look for the fun in everyday events and not taking yourself, or others, too seriously. Some people are […]

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Optimism

This picture is often used to start a discussion. Is the glass half empty or half full? Is it both? What’s your gut tell you and does this really reveal anything about your personality?  Optimism You might know someone (or be someone) who people often notice for their positive take on situations. When something goes […]

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Positive Education Resources

Online Resources Raising awareness of positive education is important – few schools are likely to invest time and money in curricula they have no experience of. Exploring the links below will give you a deeper understanding of what positive education is. It’s my hope that they’ll also provide ideas and resources to add to your […]

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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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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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