Aug 2
The Science of Happiness – Tal Ben-Shahar

Last night I joined around 500 other people in the Camden Centre in London to hear a talk on The Science of Happiness by Dr Tal Ben-Shahar, organized by the UK’s leading happiness movement, Action for Happiness. As well as authoring several books, Tal Ben-Shahar lectured on positive psychology at Harvard University – in fact, […]

Oct 17
International Journal of Well-being – Vol 1 No 3 – Just published

The latest quarterly edition of the open-access International Journal of Well-being has just been published.  No. 3 includes some new research by Nathaniel Lambert, A. Marlea Gwinn, Tyler Stillman and Frank Fincham on how sharing positive experiences can boost your vitality and help you overcome tiredness, An interview with Barbara Fredrickson (famous for the broaden-and-build […]

Dec 8
Changing behaviour using Fun Theory

Can you change people’s behaviour for the better by making tasks more enjoyable? Car manufacturer Volkswagen seems to think so – they’ve been running a competition looking for new designs or inventions which prove the ‘Fun Theory‘, i.e. that having fun is the easiest way to get people to do the right thing. Examples include  […]

Oct 27
Positive Relationships at Work

Here’s a link to my posting to Positive Psychology News Daily this month, called      ‘Creating Strong Bonds in the Workplace’, which gives you some of the major theories and practical applications of positive psychology for developing positive relationships at work. As usual, feel free to leave your thoughts and comment here, or on […]

Jan 8
Well-being vs well-doing

Maybe it’s the traditional British reserve but whenever I mention that I’m interested in the subject of happiness, people tend to raise their eyebrows and look a little bemused. Very often they say ‘that’s simple, if I had more money I’d be happy’, or at this time of year in particular, ‘if I lost a […]

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