Category Archives for "Positive Psychology"

61 Ways To Increase Productivity And How To Achieve Goals In Life

I originally read this article on but as that website appears to have disappeared I decided to republish it here. I can’t vouch for how scientific some of the tips are but nonetheless there are some great tips on the list! 1. Eye Of The Tiger Practice your best “eye of a tiger” in a mirror (or […]

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The Loneliness Trap

Despite increasing recognition and acceptance of mental health issues, Western cultures remain obsessed with the pursuit of happiness. Negative emotions such as depression and anxiety can still leave people marginalised. Previous research has shown that social expectations to feel and act in a positive manner can actually increase feelings of sadness and reduce well-being. New research […]

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Can Simple Activities Increase Well-being?

Self-help books can provide a confusing array of activities or things that people can do to increase well-being and happiness. While some self-help books are based on evidence, the majority are not. With this in mind researchers aimed to identify the conditions necessary for well-being: Investigators have recently begun to study the optimal conditions under […]

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Can You Forgive?

As famously stated by Gandhi “the weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” But what attributes or conditions are required to forgive? Research recently published in the Scandinavian Journal of Psychology aimed to examine how happiness correlates with forgiveness. We attempt to investigate whether people with different happiness levels and different […]

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Flow: The Secret to Happiness?

Former president of the American Psychological Association, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is best known for his work examining happiness and creativity, fitting in nicely with the recent popularity of positive psychology. Considered by some as his pioneering work into happiness Csikszentmihalyi is the architect of the notion of ‘Flow’ The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Czikszentmihalyi asks, “What makes a life […]

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How to Increase and Sustain Positive Emotion

Fundamentally psychology is concerned with peoples mental functions and subsequent behaviours. As people generally want to be ‘happy’ positive psychology is specifically concerned with achieving a satisfactory life and happy life, rather than focusing on illness. Research published in the Journal of Positive Psychology examined how regularly practicing positive mental exercises could impact on positive emotional outcomes. […]

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