Positive Psychology

Full article. Free. The Science of Being Happy. Co-written by me, Dr Alice Boyes, Christchurch psychology PhD, and Mindfood Editor Donna Duggan. The Science of Being Happy This was the cover – Posted free for...

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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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Overcoming Boredom

May 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

Self-discovery, creativity, motivation, and answering the question “What do I want?” This article is one in a series of articles about self-discovery, creativity, motivation, and answering the question “What do I want?” If you missed...

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Last week I did a phone interview with world-leading Positive psychology PhD (i.e. happiness scientist) Professor Barb Fredrickson. Martin Seligman has called Barb Fredrickson “the Genius of the Positive Psychology Movement”. Barb is author of...

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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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This guide will show you how to do that. The relationship between surface goals and deep goals Surface goals are things like – Get married. Have a tidy house. Lose weight. Volunteer abroad. Get a...

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Positivity Ratio – Self Test

April 1, 2009 | 0 Comments

If you head over here to Dr Barb Fredrickson’s website, you can take her “Positivity Ratio Self Test” It takes about 5 minutes, and the results will tell you some important information about yourself. You’ll...

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Happiness

March 9, 2009 | 0 Comments

My favorite conceptualization of happiness is that it’s the combination of 1. The extent to which you feel positive emotions in your life, and 2. Your sense of whether your actions are moving you in...

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Sources of Positive Emotions

March 1, 2009 | 0 Comments

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...

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Which emotions do you value the most?

February 28, 2009 | 0 Comments

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...

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