Positive Psychology

Spring Cleaning for the Mind: Four Superficial Changes That Can Improve Your Mental Focus

Tayana Simons | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

What if tackling the little things first allowed us to tackle the bigger issues more easily? Recent research over has shown that some small, seemingly superficial changes can make a big difference to our mental focus and wellbeing.

Do Lent the Secular Way

Farah Maria-Rahman | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Farah Maria-Rahman

However our New Year's resolutions may have been going (or not going) so far, in the spirit of Februa we can take this month as a chance to start again and refocus on what really matters. Here are some secular ideas on how to 'clear' your life of clutter and 'sow seeds' for the brighter months ahead.

Three Steps to Happiness

Vanessa King | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa King

Is there a formula for happiness? Well not exactly - lots of things contribute to how we feel in the moment and about our lives overall, and it varies from person-to-person and over time. But if I had to pick a number - when it comes to happiness that might well be three.

Could Being More Spontaneous Change Your Relationship?

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The funny thing about falling love is that the act is probably one of the most spontaneous things you’ll ever do in your life. You’ll spontane...

Five Tips to Improve Your Mental Wellbeing as a Parent

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

Chances are that your life as a parent is too busy to worry about feeling blue, or you're simply so caught up in everyone else's wellbeing that you don't bother about your own. Or maybe you're low but haven't done anything about it because this is the new normal for you.

You Are What You Like: How to Get a Healthy Facebook Newsfeed

Ceri Matthias | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Ceri Matthias

Editing, like portion-control, can be a challenge, but 'cutting out' is really important to maintain a healthy Newsfeed. You may not spend money on Facebook but you are investing your time: Why waste that reading something of no benefit?

Looking to Achieve Certainty in Life? Embrace the Unknown Through Imaginative Meditation

Ceri Matthias | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ceri Matthias

For me, breaking old mind patterns has led me to cut my office days, giving me the time to witness the seasons as they pass, to cook from scratch, to practice my Spanish, begin writing, and meet my boyfriend with whom I'm now buying a home.

The Secret of Eternal Youth

Andy Cope | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Cope

I've been studying the science of happiness for the last 10 years so I guess the answer is 'I learn'. You see, the ageing process is inevitable. You can look after yourself, go to the gym, each healthy food, moisturize and take Centrum, but ultimately, those birthday cards will have bigger numbers on them year by year. The days are relentless. You get about 29,000 of them. Tick, tick, tick...

This Affects Whether Or Not You Have An Eeyore View Of The World

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you're a glass half empty kind of person, it might be because your brain is telling you to expect the worst. Scientists believe the habenula, ...

Can Psychologists Predict Whether Just-Christened George Is Heading for a Happy or a Meaningful Life?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

Parents, friends, relatives and God Parents gather for a christening - which like a wedding and other religious rituals is associated not just with happiness, but also imbued with meaning. But are a happy life and a meaningful life the same thing? Can pursuing one lead to less of the other?

Change Your Thoughts to Change Your Life

Jayne Morris | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

By replacing old negative thought patterns with new positive ones you create new neurological pathways and can literally rewire your brain. It is as simple as noticing your thoughts, identifying whether they are supportive and then choosing to change anything that might be holding you back.

A-Level Disappointment Can Be Turned to Students' Advantage

Dr Matthew Smith | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Matthew Smith

It is always worth keeping in mind that disappointment can be turned into an opportunity. Life works out in different ways and disappointments like not achieving the A-Levels results you desired are part of life.

Resilient Youth: Using Psychology to Prevent a Lost Generation

Ed Pinkney | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ed Pinkney

Switching on the news last night, I heard a young graduate telling a reporter, "I've done everything that society told me to do, and I'm still not finding employment." As his words trailed off, the despair in his voice seemed to capture a generation that's feeling let down and unsure where to turn.

Take Your Power Back and Listen to Your Intuition

Jolene Setterfield | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jolene Setterfield

How often do we go through our days feeling as though the whole world is against us? It can sometimes just take one minor incident to take us off track and we allow our entire day to go into a negative spiral at times. Remember, only YOU have the power to change YOUR life.

Is 'All or Nothing' Thinking Bringing You Down?

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

I often advise my clients to focus on the smallest of changes that they can make, as doing anything more than nothing is progress in the right direction. It's not the once in a while, big things that will create the biggest positive changes to your life, but a collection of little and often.

Happiness Isn't Superficial, It's Vitally Important

Dr Anthony Seldon | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Anthony Seldon

Happiness is increasingly being talked about and taken seriously at both national and international levels. A recent, and very encouraging, example was the United Nations International Day of Happiness, which was celebrated for the first time a couple of weeks ago.

What Andy Murray Teaches Us About Self-Doubt and Its Role in Our Success or Failure

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 11.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

Andy Murray's historic victory appears founded on a mental rather than a physical transformation. Many attribute this new self-confidence to his recent Olympic gold medal victory over Roger Federer. It was positive feedback: confirmation of the ability we all knew he had but did he?

Parenting Teenagers: Making Mistakes

Elena Barbiero | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Elena Barbiero

The teenage years, a little like the 'terrible twos', are a stepping stone in the individual's development: from baby to toddler, and from child to young adult. They each indicate the transition from one important stage to a very different one: but why is it often so challenging to deal with teenagers?

Dreaming of a Life Change?

Louise Presley-Turner | Posted 12.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Presley-Turner

Dreaming of changing your world, your environment can be hugely positive. Daydreaming or 'seeing' how your life could be better, can be the wake-up call you need to start making changes now.

Does Optimism Make You Live Longer?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 28.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle

People who live longest tend to be those who look on the bright side of life, research has shown. Scientists in the US who studied 243 centenarians...

Clearing Out the Clutter: Help Is On the Horizon for Pathological Collectors

Jill Lawson | Posted 09.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jill Lawson

I will never forget the way my dad cleaned out his old shed. Instead of taking the time to sort through dusty and mysterious piles of what had been collecting for umpteen years, he figured out a clever and more efficient way to purge.

Fed up of Being Pigeon-Holed?

Emma Brooke | Posted 02.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Brooke

Decide what you want and pretend your obstacles don't exist for a week. Make plans, imagine, invent, CREATE. Look for the opportunities. They will arrive. Believe this and seize them when they do. Have a wonderfully creative festive season and a brilliant start to the New Year!