Aug 28
How to be Happier in One Week – Essentials Magazine Sept 2013

I’m thrilled to see an article by accomplished journalist Mel Hunter in Essentials Magazine this month, focussing on how to become more optimistic in one week. Mel’s been interested in Positive Psychology for some time and she decided to try this as a personal experiment  following several discussions with me about the efficacy of positive […]

Feb 27
Praise for ‘Introducing Positive Psychology: A Practical Guide’

I’m delighted to tell you that my new book Introducing Positive Psychology: A Practical Guide (Icon Books, 2012) has received endorsements from several academics and professional coach/trainers this month, including the following: “Excellent – I couldn’t put it down … covers all the essential elements of positive psychology in practice, striking an excellent balance between […]

Jan 5
New Book: Positive Psychology – A Practical Guide

My new book, Positive Psychology – A Practical Guide, is published today by Icon Books (£6.99) Based on the most up-to-date research, theories and science and covering over 20 of the key concepts within Positive Psychology in a clear, concise and easy-to-read style, this book gives you proven techniques to improve your well-being and put […]

Jan 1
Beyond SMART: 3 Top Tips for Successful Goal-Setting and Achievement

Happy New Year! As this is often a time when we reflect on our past achievements and set new goals for the future, I’d like to share with you some of the latest positive psychology research which you may find helpful. Focus on creating approach goals According to psychology research, avoidance goals (those with negative […]

Dec 24
Savouring the Festive Spirit

“The aim of life is appreciation.” ~ G. K. Chesterton The holiday season and the New Year period can be a pretty stressful time. We’re inclined to think that everything must be perfect, and that includes the gifts we give, the food we prepare, the warmth of our welcome to guests, what we wear to […]

Jun 7
Three Simple Rules for Happiness

Here’s my April 2011 posting for Positive Psychology News Daily in it’s entirety this time. Sorry it’s so much later than usual, hopefully you’ve been able to keep uptodate via PPND. This month I look at the implications of new research on happiness, in particular the roles of fit, motivation and effort in becoming happier. […]

Aug 30
Savouring: In Praise of Slow

The aim of life is appreciation – GK Chesterton Here’s a link to my article on Positive Psychology News Daily this month, on the subject of savouring, the Slow Movement and the physical and psychological benefits associated with taking your time. Image: Thanks to Ellievanhoutte …

Aug 22
Developing trust through conversation: beyond small talk

Today I came across a fantastic idea called The Feast of Strangers, an afternoon of organised conversation at Regent’s Park, London, hosted by philosopher, historian and author, Professor Theodore Zeldin. The idea is that you turn up at the Park, get introduced to someone you don’t know, and are given a ‘Menu of Conversation’ – […]

Mar 27
Positive Psychology’s role in Gaming

I’ve always been interested in the power of technology to improve lives. So here’s Jane McGonigal’s keynote presentation from the recent Game Developers Conference in San Francisco about the role of positive psychology in gaming. It’s fascinating stuff. Learning to Make Your Own Reality – IGDA Education Keynote 2009 View more presentations from avantgame. …

Mar 26
Emotions at Work

Here’s a link to my posting to Positive Psychology News Daily this month, in which I discuss ways of applying Fredrickson’s “Broaden and Build” theory of positive emotions in ways that organisations will find acceptable, as well as useful. Your comments and thoughts are welcome here, and on the PPND website. Image: Thanks to Joe […]

Aug 21
Positive Thinking Exercises

Many thanks to Kelly Sonora for sending me this link – 100 positive thinking exercises. My advice would be not to wait until you’re having a bad day to put these into action – once you’re in a negative frame of mind it will require more effort and self-control to get yourself out of it. […]

May 11
Positive Psychology down on the farm

This is the most off the wall application of positive psychology in business I’ve come across yet – who would have thought that performing Tai Chi in front of cows would improve the quality and quantity of their milk? Devon farmer, Robert Taverner, says that not only does performing Tai Chi together bond his workforce, […]

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