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November 9, 2017

You are smart enough to have figured out that relationships play a big role in our happiness. Today take note of the seven people you spend the most time with. On average for each person think about the following questions:

  • do they give you energy?
  • do they have no impact on you?
  • or do they drain your energy?

Based on what you find you can make an effort to spend more time with the energy-givers and less with those folks who you feel neutral about or who drain you.

Why not check out the Positive Psychology Podcast next? You can listen right now by saying Play The Positive Psychology Podcast.

November 8, 2017

We recently talked about the flourishing formula PERMA by Martin Seligman. The E stands for engagement. That’s the feeling you get when you are so engrossed in an activity that everything else ceases to exist. Your brain chatter, your biological urges and your sense of time fade away. This state is called flow. It happens when the challenge we are working on is hard but within our reach. If a task is too easy we get bored. If it’s too hard we feel anxious.

People who experience flow frequently are happier,  healthier and feel that their life is more meaningful.

Using your feelings of boredom, satisfaction and anxiousness take three minutes right now and think about what activities lead to flow. If you feel super bored about many activities consider how you could replace or modify the activity with something more challenging. If you feel anxious think about ways to break down the level of complexity. Good luck mentally optimizing your day for flow.

Why not check out the Positive Psychology Podcast next? You can listen right now by saying Play The Positive Psychology Podcast.

November 7, 2017

Positive emotions are crucial to our well-being. Let’s become happier by appreciating our full emotional spectrum. The psychologist Barbara Fredrickson found that positive emotions don’t just make you feel good now. They motivate you to engage in behaviours that lead to long-term positive outcomes. Today take the opportunity to spread positive emotions: make someone smile, buy coffee for a stranger or tell your loved ones that you are proud of them. If you are alone don’t let the opportunity to experience some positivity pass you by. Grab the spatula and sing.

Why not check out the Positive Psychology Podcast next? You can listen right now by saying Play The Positive Psychology Podcast.

November 6, 2017

Are you flourishing? Maybe some areas of your life are going better than others. To help you understand why that is, we can use a formula devised by the psychologist Martin Seligman. The acronym is called PERMA. It stands for positive emotions. Engagement. Relationships. Meaning and achievement. Look at your job: during which activities do you feel positive emotions. When are you so engaged that you lose your sense of time while being productive? Who do you have the best relationships with? What part of your job gives you a sense of meaning? Are you achieving things that are important to you? The cool thing about this formula is that you can apply it to everything to get a deeper understanding about how to improve a situation. It’s also a good way to feel gratitude as we might become aware of things that are good that we didn’t even think about.

Why not check out the Positive Psychology Podcast next? You can listen right now by saying Play The Positive Psychology Podcast.