SECRETS OF THOSE WHO HAVE THRIVED THROUGH THE PANDEMIC The ‘silver linings’ of life during a global pandemic have been anecdotally reported since the early stages of Covid-19. When it comes to publishing facts and figures, the headlines have focused on the mental health fallout and stress-related challenges of life during these times.
Dr Robert Biswas-Diener is widely acknowledged as an authority on the application of positive psychology in coaching; he has published over 60 academic articles and is the author of seven books and counting. Our online learning community recently had the privilege of catching up with him, and it was no surprise to find him equally humble, insightful, and thought-provoking.
When your mother tongue is English, you naturally form word association and attach meaning to English words. If other languages assign gender to certain emotions or objects, how does this affect our relationship with them?
Awe may well be described as one of the most profound human experiences, yet scientific study into this emotion has only emerged since the early 2000s. Although its roots are entwined in early history, mythology and religion - Awe is relatively new to the study of psychology and neuroscience
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.
“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 [...]
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.
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.