• Compassion,  Resilience

    Self Compassion

    Self-compassion entails being warm and understanding toward ourselves when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate, rather than ignoring our pain or flagellating ourselves with self-criticism. (Dr. Kristen Neff, 2019) Self-compassion is about being self-aware and taking time for yourself when things are not going well rather than trying to ignore your pain or telling yourself to “just get on with it”.  We all have things that we do not like about ourselves but we can be overly harsh in our criticism saying things to ourselves in our head that we would NEVER say to another person as they are too harsh. We all need to take a little time and…

  • Positive Psychology

    Positive psychology

    The Happiness School study is firmly rooted within the field of positive psychology. Positive psychology focuses on strength and well-being. In the past psychological research has been criticised for focusing on negative aspects of human beings, their weaknesses and the pathologies (Schaufeil & Salanova, 2007) as a result a new branch of psychology developed which has become known as positive psychology. Sheldon and King (2001) define positive psychology as the scientific study of ordinary human strengths and virtues. Positive psychology according to Sheldon and King, questions the nature of effectively functioning human being. They argue that positive psychology is simply psychology encouraging psychologists to be more open and appreciative regarding…

  • Mindfulness

    Brain training

    We can learn to train our brain.  Procedural learning and constant practice will make physical differences to our brain.  This is an excellent short talk on the neuroplasticity of our brains and how we can make them better. You can also find this video on the TED website.