Happiness

A.J. Jacobs is a journalist/author who does “life experiments” and writes about his experiences. His third book was published last month and he also has a day job as an editor at Esquire magazine in...

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Behavioral Experiments CBT

October 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

This post outlines how to do a simple behavioral experiment. Behavioral experiments are one of the most important types of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques. Most people understand that their thoughts and emotions influence their behaviour....

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Quick Tip for Getting Out of a Bad Mood

October 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

This is a tip for when it seems like things keep going wrong. Try thinking of 3 or 4 things that went right in the last 24 hours. When people feel unhappy or stressed these...

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Do you have secret (or not so secret) fears about yourself? Things you fear might be true about you? Or things you fear other people might think about you? Common secret fears include: I’m out...

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This is a follow-up post to yesterday’s post about attaining life dreams. What if you don’t know what you want? You don’t know what surface goals would help you achieve your deep goals? A good...

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Finding and Following Your Dreams

August 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

I’m writing this post from New York City. I’ve been on vacation here for 6 weeks or so – recharging my batteries (update: I’m back in Christchurch now). I rarely use personal examples on this...

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A major research paper was published last year about the links between creativity and emotions. The paper examined the results of 66 different studies about how people’s emotions affect their creativity. It looked at various...

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Understanding your psychological “raw spots” can help you make sense of your emotional reactions. Understanding other people’s raw spots (e.g. partners’ raw spots) can help you make sense of their emotional reactions. How to Recognize...

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“Psychological payoffs” hook people into behaviour patterns that provide some psychological rewards but that also have important downsides. Common examples of these types of patterns of unwanted behaviour include: overeating, procrastinating, problematic ways of interacting...

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Increasing Your Positive Emotions

May 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

Mini Positive Emotions Brainstorming Activity (10 minutes) Right now in your life, which of the emotion types on the list below do you feel least often? Which of the emotions types on the list is...

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