Positive Psychology

Find your Flow

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016 in Featured, Positive Psychology | 0 comments

Find your Flow

Although the concept of flow is a relatively simple one, actually achieving this state may be more challenging than it seems. This article explains what flow is, what the differences between active engagement and passive pleasure are and what you can do to enhance your experience of flow in your daily life.   What is flow? According to Wikipedia flow is, “the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.” If this definition is broken down, we can see...

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How motivated are you?

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Featured, Positive Psychology | 0 comments

How motivated are you?

“When you perceive choice, you perceive motivation.” This is a quote by Ellen Langer, a Harvard professor of psychology. This provides the framework for research into the psychology of motivation.   In an inspiring TedTalk, Scott Geller, Alumni Professor at Virginia Tech, claimed that self-motivation is all about feeling empowered. According to Geller, self-motivation derives from the perception of competence, consequences, choice and community. All four are crucial in determining how motivated someone is. Firstly, competence means that it is imperative to feel accomplished and that...

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Meditate your stress away!

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Featured, Meditation | 0 comments

Meditate your stress away!

How do you relax? Do you zone out in front of the television? Do you plug yourself with headphones and blast music in your ears? Or do you flip through the glossy pages of magazines? Instead of seeking relaxation through mind numbing activities, how about we seek it through activating the mind?  Through stimulating the senses? Through meditation!   Meditation is free, simple and can be practiced anywhere. And more importantly, it can bring you the inner peace and tranquillity you desire.  Meditation has been around for thousands of years. It used to be practiced to understand...

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Who would have thought writing your thoughts could be so important?

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Expressive Writing, Featured | 0 comments

Who would have thought writing your thoughts could be so important?

James Pennebaker is an American social psychologist and professor of Psychology at the University of Texas. He came up with revolutionary ideas about how writing about your feelings can actually improve your physical health. Although we all know that bottling up one’s feelings isn’t a good idea and can lead to stress, Pennebaker was the first person to provide evidence that this was the case. He has had an impact on social, clinical and health psychology as well as in the computer science and linguistics fields.   Pennebaker conducted numerous experiments to test his hypothesis...

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A Hug a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Featured, The Power of Hugs | 0 comments

A Hug a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

In the midst of our busy lives, running to work, running errands, running to catch the bus, we have taken for granted a simple action which boosts our happiness and health, the simple hug.   Hugging has been proved to be mentally, emotionally and physically beneficial for us. Every inch of our skin is a sense organ and is receptive to touch. Touching someone helps you to connect with them and create a bond. Hugging, caressing and cuddling are crucial for us to develop attachments which in turn enhances survival abilities. Children who receive more hugs are more secure and have a strong...

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