Aug 18
Does the World Need Positive Psychology?

One of the very first pieces I wrote for Positive Psychology News Daily back in 2007 focused on the application of strengths – whether strengths as defined in positive psychology are always positive and how we know which strength to apply in any given situation. This was inspired by a great article by Barry Schwartz […]

Mar 30
Customer Service: motivation matters

Positive Psychology often talks about the benefits that helping others can have on your well-being – you may have come across the phrase ‘random acts of kindness’. Research by Sonja Lyubomirsky and colleagues suggests that doing  a variety of random acts of kindness for other people, such as holding the door open or helping someone […]

Feb 29
Have you got the Happiness Habit?

In my recent posting on Positive Psychology and Coaching I referred to Sonja Lyubomirsky’s new book, “The How of Happiness”. The video clip from 20/20 is a great intro to the science behind the book. The case of the identical twins is fascinating isn’t it? On Tuesday I was fortunate enough to take part in […]

Dec 31
Changing the World through Giving

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”. Winston Churchill. In December 26th’s article on Positive Psychology News Daily, it was appropriate to take a look at the positive psychology research behind giving, and the related subjects of altruism, kindness and empathy. If you’re in Secondary/High […]

Jun 25
Happiness Tools

Top 10 Happiness Tools Following on from yesterday’s post about the Open University Psychological Society’s Psychology of Wellbeing Conference , I’d like to share with you the Top 10 Happiness Tools, devised by Dr Richard Stevens, Dr Jane Henry, Linda Corlett and Nevia Mullan , which were tried and tested during the BBC2 documentary ‘Making […]

Jun 4
Acts of Kindness

If you wants ideas and inspiration on this subject, the Random Acts of Kindness website is where to get them – it’s a fantastic resource. Do take a look. …

Apr 7
Counting Kindnesses and Happiness

This is fascinating stuff…you may recall our blog a few weeks ago about how counting your blessings can make you happier. Well I have stumbled across another article about counting, this time in the Journal of Happiness Studies; the focus is on how counting your kindnesses can increase your level of happiness. “Simply by counting […]