The scientific study of optimal performance and wellbeing is helping individuals, organisations and communities thrive and excel. Far from the popular promotion of happyology, positive psychology is a rich and rigorous study of what makes life worth living in all its complexity, encompassing topics such as strengths, virtues, resilience, coping, creativity and excellence.
After years labelled a discretionary “soft skill”, two decades of scientific and business research has demonstrated the value of emotional intelligence. This white paper examines the science, practice and business impact of emotional intelligence in the workplace.
“Happiness” – something we would perhaps like to experience more of and something most of us are trying to achieve.What do we mean by happiness? Where did World Happiness Day originate? What can we do to attain a state of positive emotion? Let’s look at these areas and see if we can make ourselves happy in the process.
Ever had a "gut feeling" about something? It turns out, the connection between our gut and our brain might be stronger than we think.
A time of uncertainty and change. A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece on the impact of the news on our psyche – see “The Future is Human – Using PP in times of trauma”. The article was regarding the news about the bushfires in Australia, yet here we are in the grip of another ‘devastating’, ‘dramatic’, ‘horrific’ news cycle. The COVID-19 pandemic is creating challenging times for individuals, communities and businesses globally. It is causing illness, and in some cases, death across the world. It is real. At the same time, the way we approach the situation seems [...]
"Emotions are flowing throughout your organisation and impacting every thought, behaviour and decision. Your choice is not whether they exist or not; your choice is whether you will be smart about them.” – David Caruso
Far from ‘happyology’, positive psychology is a rich study of what makes life worth living in all its complexity, and goes hand in hand with traditional mental health interventions.
Smart use of emotions can improve our capacity to work well with others, engage with our jobs, manage stress, handle conflict and make fast and effective decisions - essential skills in today’s fast-paced and increasingly disconnected world.
Leaders who focus on bringing out the best in people and themselves can transform the way their organisation functions and achieve exceptional results. This article expands on research from Kim Cameron, shared at the World Congress of Positive Psychology in July.
Sue delivered an engaging keynote titled "The Neuroscience of Creating Lasting Positive Habits" at the 2019 Happiness & it's Causes Conference in Sydney, Australia. Watch or read the full presentation here.