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January: Optimism and Hope

This year I’ll be taking a deeper look at the strengths that sit at the core of positive psychology and how to increase each one. What better strength to start the New Year with than the very one we use … Continue reading

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Week 10: I haven’t got the Time!

It seems that the very week I was going to write about Time, I lost track of it! Sorry about that, but where did April go?? So, back to our discussions about the nature of positive change and new positive … Continue reading

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Week 9: What do you do when you get mad?

When you get mad/bad/angry/stressed/upset/embarrassed, what do you do to distract yourself? Here are my personal top 5 techniques: Get out of the situation (fast!) Go for a run Have a hug (or several) Play some loud music Eat chocolate… Fortunately … Continue reading

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Week 8: Understanding Positive Change

I love March. It feels like a month full of positive potential and a great month to start exploring the nature of Positive Change. There is so much thought provoking literature, research and exercises surrounding this topic, such as motivating … Continue reading

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Week 7: Putting Positive Emotions to Work

I’m convinced that if employers truly understood the impact on performance of positive and negative emotions in the workplace it would be placed at the top of every priority list for training and coaching (and not just because it’s my … Continue reading

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Week 6: Create a positive word cloud

Cast your minds back to Week 4 when I suggested you gathered feedback to form your Reflected Best Self. Here’s an idea to inspire you to use (or collect) that feedback. I promise this is an exercise worth doing! So, … Continue reading

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Week 5: What use are positive emotions?

Here’s your first exercise for this week. At the end of each day this week, ask your partner/friend/colleague how their day has been (I’m excluding older children from this list as they’re likely to look at you like you’re mad, … Continue reading

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Week 4: Your reflected best self

Ever received or given someone some ‘360’ feedback? If you have, you’ll recognise this… You look through the feedback and whilst trying to be open-minded about the feedback (after all, you’re a grown up), in reality you’re wondering who gave … Continue reading

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Week 3: The most depressing day of the year?

I’m compelled to deflect from my reflective momentum of January and talk about – what the papers are calling today – the most depressing day of the year – a combination of the weather (yes, perhaps not for you sis … Continue reading

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Week 2 – Pathways to happiness in 2011

Last week’s exercise sparked off a ‘reminiscence spree’  in our household, which culminated on Saturday with a huge box of old photos from the loft and spending a couple of hours looking at baby photos with the girls from 16 years ago! … Continue reading

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