What is the Definition of Happiness

Happiness is a word that barely needs any explanation as it is used in everyday language from our earliest years onwards. Since we were babies we were taught the definition of happiness through our experience of positive emotions and the word happy that was attached...

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Positive Psychology For New Managers

Recently I was recalling how I first discovered positive psychology and the difference it made in my life. I had just been given a promotion at work and as a new manager, I was now responsible for motivating staff, ensuring that they were happy and also that...

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Happiness Starts With You

Nice people put other people first, or do they? Happiness - after you! One thing we frequently come across when delivering our 2-day university accredited ‘Introduction to Positive Psychology’ course, is that some people struggle with the concept of focusing on their...

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The 5th World Congress on Positive Psychology

The 5th World Congress on Positive Psychology Montreal, Canada, 13th to the 16th of July 2017 Congress report July 2017 at the Palais des Congres, Montreal saw the coming together of positive psychology enthusiasts from around the globe for the 5th World Congress on...

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International Meaning Conference

International Meaning Conference: joining forces in practice and research: A reflective review London 30 June - 2 July 2017 Who are we? Our names are  Lisa Jones, Inge Beckers, Sarah Smith, and  Derek Tate. We are students currently studying a Masters in Applied...

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My Ideal School, Wellness Weeks

Wellbeing in the workplace and in schools is currently growing in popularity throughout the UK and across the globe.  More and more companies, schools and organisations are investing in the wellbeing of their staff and students.  Positive psychological practices and...

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

People will rather focus on what is wrong, what they don’t have or what they think will make them happy, rather than focusing on the present moment and the things that actually make them happy. This preoccupation with what isn’t working or whether expectations are...

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Will Your Summer Holiday Make You Happy?

This is the time of year when many people are planning their holiday vacation. Countless people at work are counting the days until they can ‘Get away from it all’, to relax and be happy. Schoolchildren are looking forward to the end of term and many of us are...

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The Role Of Positive Psychology In Customer Happiness

Recently we have found that there is a growing interest in the subject of customer happiness and that we are being asked by organisations and governments about how to implement a positive psychology approach, which will increase the happiness of their customers. The...

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Why Simply Choosing to be Happy Doesn’t Work!

You have probably heard the adage ‘Happiness is a choice’. Whilst, I believe this to be true (and I’d add, we are also solely responsibility for that happiness) I think it can mislead people into thinking that as long as they choose to be happy, then happiness will...

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Positive Psychology – The Mental Health of Children

A recent poll conducted in the UK, found some startling, concerning and ultimately, saddening discoveries about the mental health issues children are suffering from. Is there something from the field of positive psychology that can be done to improve the mental health...

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Positive Psychology – ‘Sunny Side Up’ Radio CCR

Wow! I’ve just listened to a new radio programme called ‘Sunny Side Up’ on CCR (104.4FM). The programme is a wonderful show around the subject of the science of happiness (positive psychology). It’s a great combination of uplifting music, interesting facts, and chat...

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International Day of Happiness 2017

The 5th International Day of Happiness 2017 takes place on Monday 20th March and people will be celebrating and looking to spread happiness throughout the world and apply the science of positive psychology. Now we shouldn’t leave it for one day to increase our own...

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Tough Love, Hard Happiness

I’ve no doubt you’ve heard of ‘tough love’, the sort of thing that means you either provide or receive, give or withdraw, something that is needed, rather than wanted. Tough love is always motivated by a positive intention. But what is hard happiness? Do I mean...

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A Description of my Ideal School

My Ideal School The Problem with ‘Gifted and Talented’ It concerned me the first time I heard the phrase in education, ‘gifted and talented’.  As a teacher I am used to identifying the vulnerable groups of children in my class and ensuring my teaching and learning...

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Facilitating Courses – The Power of Two

When it comes to facilitating courses there is nothing like the power of two presenters in the room, as long as they are the right match of course Every course is different, even when it’s the same! Delivering any course is a dynamic experience and every course and...

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Happiness When You’re Unhappy

As a researcher, practitioner and consultant in the field of positive psychology and the science of happiness, I am often met with the expectation from people that I am going to be happy all of the time. Sometimes I catch myself thinking the same thing, however, it...

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5 Tips to Get Lucky On Friday 13th and Every Other Day Too

Traditionally we are told that Friday 13th is the unluckiest day of the year and this year there are two of them (January and October). Those who worry about Friday 13th are classed by psychologists as Paraskavedekatriaphobics, which is bad luck if spelling isn’t your...

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What Can the UAE and Butterflies Teach Us About Happiness?

Putting theory into practice There is no such thing as 100% certainty. Even Positive Psychology, which is based in reliable and evidence based research, can’t tell us for certain what will make everyone happy and successful. However, and most importantly, Positive...

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The One Virus You’ll Want to Catch!

It’s bad news when someone in your family or at the office has a cold or tummy upset as there is a good chance that you’ll catch virus too. But what if they could infect you with something that would actually make you feel well rather than ill? What if this something...

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World Kindness Day, 13th November

A kind offer At Positive Psychology Learning we believe in practicing what we teach, (we never preach!) and in celebration of World Kindness Day, 13th November, 2016, we are inviting companies to take advantage of our kind offer. We are offering to deliver a 'Kindness...

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Why shouldn’t you be happy at work?

  What do people want most for their loved ones? For them to be happy What do people want their close relationships to be? Full of happiness What are your school years said to be? The happiest times of your life What do people want their lives to be remembered...

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The Happiness Recipe

Happiness can be elusive If you set out to find it you may find yourself on a long journey that frustratingly takes you further away from where you want to be. Many people have found their quest for happiness was a futile venture that resulted in disappointment and...

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Appreciation Of Beauty And Excellence At Work

Following on from my previous blog about Strengths At Work, I wanted to continue the series by starting to look at each strength from the VIA classification of strengths, beginning in this article about the strength of Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence. The VIA...

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Good Morning Mr Machine!

As a child I spent a lot of time staying with my Grandmother. Living in a relatively small town she appeared to know everyone and everyone knew her. She had a habit of addressing any retailer by using their trade as their surname, for instance Mrs Baker, Mr...

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The Happiest Nation In The World

With the recent appointment of Ohood Al Roumi as the United Arab Emirates’ first Minister of State for Happiness and the policy made by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to become the happiest nation in the world, happiness is...

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Strengths At Work

Human strengths is an important topic of research and application in the field of positive psychology, and a strengths at work approach is growing more important for organisations. A workplace strengths approach is having a positive impact in creating greater success...

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Second Wave of Positive Psychology

With his APA President’s Address in 1998, Martin Seligman raised the need to balance the tendency for psychological research to focus on psychopathology, by researching what caused people to flourish and to lead fulfilling lives. As a result, positive psychology was...

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Go Luck Yourself!

Do you believe that some people are just lucky or that you can create your own luck? I have to admit that for a long time I felt it was the former, in that some people were just luckier than others, but the more that I’ve read around the subject of luck, the more...

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International Day of Happiness 2016

On Sunday 20th March 2016, it will be the 4th International Day of Happiness. Founded in June 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly, the first International Day of Happiness was in 2013 and is celebrated throughout the world. It is an opportunity for people to...

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Rob Greenfield – ‘A Dude Making a Difference’

I ‘met’ Rob in 2013 through Facebook. I was fascinated by his passion and self-determination as he travelled across America under what, for most of us, would seem like impossible circumstances. I followed his adventure and was constantly entertained by some of his...

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Beat stress and burnout in the workplace

In my work within the private and public sector, there has been a marked, and almost consistent across the board, change in the way that businesses have operated since the global economic downturn in 2008.

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DIY Happiness

When it comes to decorating, gardening and fixing things around the house, some of us have the DIY skills we need whilst others have to employ a professional to do it for them. As long as the job(s) gets done then either approach is

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New Beginnings

New beginnings or endings? Do you love new beginnings or are you more of a happy endings, finisher type of person? Do your relish the first day, the first opportunity, the fresh start or do you prefer bringing things to completion, placing the last piece of the puzzle...

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Three ways to feel grateful when you simply don’t.

Positive psychology research has shown that having an attitude of gratitude can help people to experience more positive emotions, (simply put to feel happy) and it can lead to improvements in health, happiness and improved relationships. If you’re feeling down, one of...

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Motivation At Work – A Positive Psychology Approach

What motivates your colleagues? In answer to “What is a person’s motivation at work?” we often hear responses such as money, promotion, a career path or purpose in the job. These are very valid and natural responses and can shape a person’s long term goals at work,...

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The 3 Ways Positive Psychology Can Reduce Absenteeism

Do you work in a team with a high degree of absenteeism? Are you finding that staff are and your organisation are being impacted by absenteeism? Are you wanting to find ways to reduce absenteeism? Are you looking to help to increase your staff’s and your own...

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Discover Your Strengths At Work With These 3 Tips

3 tips to discover your strengths at work Have you heard of the phrase, play to your strengths? How often do you find at work that the exact opposite happens? For example, in your appraisal, is the majority of the time spent on what you need to do to improve on the...

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