By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Anti-Depressive Strategies: Change Your Environment, Change Your Mood

Situational factors including: 1. your current physical environment, and 2. other people’s behaviour exert big effects on your emotions and thoughts. The effects of situational factors on thoughts and feelings come about (at least in part) through what psychology PhDs call “conditioning,” of which there are two main types: classical conditioning and operant conditioning (I...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Self Experiments in Relationship Closeness

Regular readers will know by now that I’m a big fan of “self experiments”. For new readers, psychological self experiments = trying out advice from psychology in your own life, and often tweaking it to suit yourself. Here are a couple of self experiments I like for enhancing relationship closeness. As a way of checking...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Sources of Positive Emotions

This is a self development exercise about positive emotions. Grab a piece of note paper to note down your answers (you won’t need to do a lot of writing). Positive emotions For each of the following emotions, identify the main sources of that emotion in your life. joy, serenity (including calm/relaxation), excitement, pride, inspiration, awe,...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Which emotions do you value the most?

The following are four questions I find useful for understanding people’s behaviour and emotional motivations. Answering them will help you better understand your own motivation and behaviour. I also recommend asking your significant other to answer the questions about themselves. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of each other and differences in emotional motivation between you...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

The VIA Signature Strengths Questionnaire. Free Online Questionnaire.

The VIA Signature Strengths Questionnaire. Free Online Questionnaire. The VIA Signature Strengths Questionnaire is great tool for understanding yourself better, and understanding the most effective ways to boost your positive emotions. (VIA stands for “Values in Action”). It’s a comprehensive but straightforward questionnaire that requires you to answer questions about 24 different character strengths. Based...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Positivity by Dr Barbara Fredrickson – Book Review

You can get the unabridged audiobook version of Positivity (download it to your computer in a few minutes) COMPLETELY FREE with this free trial of Audible Positivity Barbara Fredrickson Audiobook. “Positivity” is part of a new generation of self help books based on sound scientific research from Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology is a newish field...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

The How of Happiness – Interview with bestselling author Dr Sonja Lyubomirsky.

You can get the unabridged audiobook version of The How of Happiness (download it to your computer in a few minutes) COMPLETELY FREE with this free trial of Audible The How of Happiness Audiobook. The How of Happiness: A new approach to getting the life you want. Reading time for this article: 10 minutes (there...

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