• Positive Psychology

    The theory of Flow

    Flow is the state of concentration and engagement that can be achieved when completing a task that challenges one’s skills. The theory was formulated when Csikszentmihalyi interviewed dozens of experts, from composers and artists to tradesmen and chefs. In positive psychology, a flow state, also known colloquially as being in the zone, is the mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. Professor Csíkszentmihályi, who developed the theory of flow to define these activities, talks about specific conditions that allow for the onset of flow and named the factors related to flow experiences into the following dimensions: presence…

  • Habits,  Mindfulness,  Positive Psychology

    What is mindfulness practice?

    Mindfulness can take place through meditation sessions or smaller moments throughout the day. To cultivate a state of mindfulness, you can begin by sitting down and taking deep breaths. Focus on each breath and the sensations of the moment, such as sounds, scents, the temperature, and the feeling of air passing in and out of the body. Shift your attention, then, to the thoughts and emotions that you’re experiencing. Allow each thought to exist without judging it or ascribing negativity to it. Sit with those thoughts. The experience may evoke a strong emotional reaction. Exploring that response can be an opportunity to address or resolve underlying challenges. Keep in mind,…

  • Mindfulness,  Positive Psychology,  Wellbeing

    What is Well-being?

    Well-being is the experience of health, happiness, and prosperity. It includes having good mental health, high life satisfaction, and a sense of meaning or purpose. Well-being is something sought by just about everyone, because it includes so many positive things — feeling happy, healthy, socially connected, and purposeful. Unfortunately, well-being appears to be in decline. (Psychology Today, 2015) Positive psychologists have suggested that there are two main types of well-being: hedonic and eudaimonic. Hedonic well-being means feeling good in the present moment, and includes physical pleasure, peak experiences and a sense of gratitude or appreciation. Eudaimonic well-being is more long term – it includes a sense of meaning and purpose,…

  • Mindfulness

    What is mindfulness?

    For us… Phenomenologically, mindfulness is the feeling of involvement or active engagement. How do people achieve it? Learning to be mindful does not require meditation. It is the simple process of actively noticing new things. Just Be! G.J.Johanson, PhD once discussed mindfulness in the following way: “For clinical purposes, mindfulness can be considered a distinct state of consciousness distinguished from the ordinary consciousness of everyday living. In general, a mindful state of consciousness is characterised by awareness turned inward toward present felt experience. It is passive, though alert, open, curious, and exploratory. It seeks to simply be aware of what is, as opposed to attempting to do or confirm anything.…