Jun 29
Man + Shed = Happiness

Recently British television rebroadcast a series of programs called Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home (#ManMadeHome), featuring the well-known designer, writer, and presenter. Since the late 90s, McCloud has presented the Grand Designs series where every program focuses on the efforts of people (usually a couple) to design and build their own house. Over the years […]

Mar 6
Five Reasons to Focus on Flow

What is ‘flow’? How can you achieve more of it? How can it help you develop your skills and confidence? In this article we explore how to acheive greater well-being through flow, and some top tips for getting more flow in your life.

Nov 2
Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach well-being…?

My latest article for Positive Psychology News Daily is a review of a new Positive Psychology-based book by ed psych and consultant Sue Roffey, called Changing Behaviour in Schools: Promoting Positive Relationships and Well-being. One of the great strengths of this book is its breadth, not just in terms of aims but also its evidence […]

Jun 8
The need for Positive Psychology in Education

Creativity expert, Sir Ken Robinson, talks about the need for revolution in the education system. “Very many people go through their whole lives having no real sense of what their talents may be, or if they have any to speak of. I meet all kinds of people who don’t think they’re really good at anything”, […]

Mar 2
FREE Positive Psychology Journal

It’s not often that you get something for nothing, particularly top quality scientific papers. However, you can now download ten Dec 2009 papers from some of the best-known Positive Psychology researchers including Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ed Diener, Antonella Della Fave and the UK’s Stephen Joseph. See the Table of Contents below. Thanks to Ingrid Brdar for […]

Nov 27
Happiness, Busyness and Holiday Letters

Here’s a link to my post to Positive Psychology News Daily this month, on the subjects of happiness, busyness and holiday letters. Please feel free to add your comments and thoughts here or on the PPND site. Image: sha in LA …

Feb 9
Positive Psychology Songs

I’ve been reading a lot about Twitter over the past 12 months or so, and have finally succumbed. A simple search of Pos Psych today unearthed plenty of old stuff about Seligman, using strengths and stuff like that, and then I came across this list of Pos Psych songs by Dr John Schinnerer. Not sure […]

Mar 13
Happiness Lessons in Schools

Here’s an interesting article from the Guardian about the argument for and against teaching happiness lessons in schools. You can see why Anthony Seldon, head of Wellington College (one of the most elite schools in the UK) is so keen that kids get something more than the National Curriculum, since it will hardly prepare them […]

Nov 21
Life Lists: Goal Achievement and Happiness

As we mentioned in this post, it seems that Seligman’s 3 pillars of happiness and well-being (positive emotion, engagement and meaning) may soon be joined by two more, namely positive relationships and positive achievement. I doubt many would argue about positive relationships being a corner-stone of happiness and well-being, although you might be interested to […]

Jun 28
Positive Psychology Coaching and Flow

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend a Performance Coaching Masterclass with Myles Downey, organised by the Academy of Executive Coaching in London. Downey founded the School of Coaching in 1997 and has recently acquired 100% ownership. His book, Effective Coaching: Lessons from the Coach’s Coach, has been in my Top 3 since I started […]

Jun 26
How to pronounce Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi , founder of the flow concept, is the Positive Psychologist with the most unpronounceable name. Take a look at this… shows we’re not the only ones struggling with it. BTW I’m reliably informed you say ‘cheek-sent-me-high’. Our PP class, however, prefers to call him “Mike”… …

Jun 26
Designing Your Happiness At Work

Stefan Sagmeister, Austrian-born graphic designer, shares his thoughts on the subjects of design and happiness . His insights are very personal (such as his list of breathtaking moments), however, there are many themes here which everyone can relate to – such as doing work which really matters to you, being able to immerse yourself in […]

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