It’s hard to beat a good laugh with a friend.
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Whether in the form of a discreet titter or a full-on roar, laughter comes with many benefits for physical and mental health.
How to be resilient when everything feels out of control.
Locking down again? You need a wellbeing plan.
Hope can energise, motivate and help us see through to a time when things will be better. To pull together in a crisis, we should put hope to work.
Once something bound up with other people, more recently 'happiness' is seen as something very individual. Has our dependence on each other during lockdown changed our sense of where happiness lies?
The “tend and befriend” stress response encourage us to connect with people to reduce anxiety and stress.
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'Post-traumatic growth' can make us stronger, more resilient and empathetic.
Go on! Read a good book, tickle your kids, pick a flower from your garden. We need to savour these tiny moments of pleasure to ease the stress we all face.
It’s easy to get hot and bothered during a family Christmas. But the science of gratitude can help you not only cope, but enjoy, the festive season.
If your family Christmas usually involves annoying relatives and unwanted presents, here's how to be grateful and actually enjoy what the festive season brings.
There are many daily ways math can be relevant to children – from using money to matching or counting cards.
Children’s perspectives on math develop at a very young age and have longstanding effects, so it matters that families and teachers promote positive engagement with math skills.
There’s no such thing as the perfect life.
Are you an extrovert or an introvert? From personality to emotional maturity, individual differences matter when it comes to happiness.
Positive education pairs traditional schooling with positive psychology interventions to improve wellbeing.
Positive education pairs the traditional focus of schools on academic achievement with positive psychology interventions to support student wellbeing.
A fresh perspective after a traumatic injury.
How simple positive psychology methods combined with traditional therapy can make all the difference.
Being happy involves not shying away from pain, misery or distress.
Final year is stressful enough – without having to run 26 miles.
A happier, healthier work life is easy to achieve.
Don’t laugh at the psychological study of humor.
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No longer dismissed as an undesirable negative trait to be avoided, humor is having a heyday among experimental psychologists.
In life, happiness can seem fleeting and elusive, something just out of reach.
The positive psychology movement led to hundreds of studies dedicated to improving human happiness. So why has nothing changed?
Psychology ought to go further than just restoring equilibrium. It should help us to flourish.
Giving, or contributing, beyond ourselves is one of the strongest predictors of happiness and health.
A philosophy based on giving of ourselves to others may help us live more meaningful and fulfilling lives, while helping to bridge the extremes of our emotions and beliefs.
Sunlight has repeatedly been found to boost positive moods, though the link is weaker than many people imagine.
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The weather supplies many metaphors for our changeable minds. Moods can brighten and darken, dispositions can be sunny, futures can be under a cloud and relationships can be stormy. Like the weather, our…
Being blindly and unrelentingly positive can be a burden to disease sufferers.
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Of all the cultural beliefs about health and illness that saturate the developed world, there is none so pervasive and deeply held as the idea that you can “battle” an illness by sheer force of will. We…