• Happiness,  Positive Psychology,  Resilience

    Resilience

    There are many factors in building resilience. At the Happiness School we have created a number of courses to help individuals and companies (re)build their resilience. Developing resilience is a personal journey. People do not all react the same to traumatic and stressful life events. An approach to building resilience that works for one person might not work for another. People use varying strategies. We work to give you a number of strategies to chose from and help you to find the way to make them work for you in your busy life. Focusing on past experiences and sources of personal strength can help you learn about what strategies for…

  • Gratitude,  Happiness,  Meditation,  Positive Psychology

    What makes you happy?

    Do you start each day with a smile? What can you do to improve your day to day happiness? Research shows that you can work on improving your happiness in tangible ways that have real effects on your mood and overall level of happiness.  Some of these things are very easy, even silly to do, some are much more difficult but perhaps something that you can work towards. Let’s start with something very easy.  SMILE. That’s it, just smile.  I had a client who had real difficulty with this one and said that they had nothing to smile about. My suggestion was to look in the mirror every morning and…

  • Positive Psychology,  Values,  Wellbeing

    Values

    As we are beginning to see and end to the restrictions that we have all been under I thought it might be a good time to put this article on values up again. Sometimes a period of reflection can bring about great changes in our mindset sometimes it can just confirm what we already knew about who we are and what is important to us. Many of my clients are looking to the future right now and trying to decide what kind of a future they want for themselves. Do you want to go back to a long commute and working in the same place five days a week? Do…

  • Gratitude,  Happiness,  Positive Psychology,  Resilience,  Self Determination,  Wellbeing

    Self Determination Theory

    At the moment we are all being forced into a situation that most of us would not chose, Isolation.  The lack of self determination we are currently feeling is adding to the stress and discomfort that we are feeling. My interest in Self Determination Theory (SDT) stems from the question of coercion and how that makes a difference to how motivated and involved you are to engage in something and to what the likely outcome will be namely do you engage, and encourage others to engage. SDT stems from an Arostoletian view of human development.  We are integrating Organisims with a coherent sense of self. This is a psychodynamic and…

  • Habits,  Hope,  Positive Psychology,  Resilience

    Hope

    Hope can be a funny thing it is defined as a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen, a feeling of trust or simply put when we want something to happen or be the case.  It can however be very elusive especially in times such as these when it feel like life is on hold and we are anxiously waiting for a reprieve.  It is however times like these when hope it most important. Hope allows us to be optimistically confident that there will be a positive outcome.  Being hopeful allows us to anticipate a return not just to normal but to a better version of…

  • 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,…

  • 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…