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Spelling and Wellbeing

Spelling and Wellbeing

Languages have always been my passion and I have some wonderful memories learning English, Polish, German, Russian, and even Hungarian. However, there was one language that has stayed in my mind as very unpleasant to learn. On the one hand, it was all due to the teacher, whose pedagogical approach made me squirm. On the other hand, it was due […]

The Boys Academy

The Boys Academy

In Denmark, 100 marginalised boys attended a summer camp for three weeks, during which they were introduced to positive psychology via “The Boys Academy” programme. Their objective was to introduce and help them develop the following strengths: self-control commitment perseverance social intelligence curiosity gratutide optimism Following on from the programme, the boys showed significant improvements in their reading, spelling, maths, […]

Trying Patience

Trying Patience

In the 1990s the Guinness Brewery began a series of campaigns advertising the famous stout worldwide and their slogan was: Good things come to those who wait. While patience in pulling a perfect pint is one thing, general attitude towards the value of waiting is yet another. Patience is correlated with a lot of wellbeing benefits. It is associated with […]

Improving Humility

Improving Humility

Sharing our successes may be fun, but it is sometimes associated with higher expectations we have of ourselves, which may ultimately affect our wellbeing negatively. An alternative to it is practicing humility, which is linked to lower stress-levels and enhanced wellbeing. We can enhance our wellbeing by following a PROVE humility workbook guidelines, which are structured around the following steps: […]

Hope Profiling

Hope Profiling

Hope is one of the main components of a good life, which is why there are so many books published about it and many politicians use it to communicate their message. Lack of hope is associated with depression, anxiety, and many other mental health issues. Here is one activity designed by the main researcher in this area about ways in […]

Optimistically Anticipating

Optimistically Anticipating

During my childhood, there were many power-outages in my town, and we were often stuck in darkness for a few minutes, or sometimes as long as an hour, which used to scare the 5-7 old me a lot. To alleviate the fear of darkness, my clever mum made it into a game. As soon as the lights went off, we […]

Reminiscence Album

Reminiscence Album

I love photographs and my house is filled with prints of moments from the past I want to remember. I change them twice a year and not only love the process of doing it, but also enjoy the pleasure it gives me when I stop and reflect on the circumstances associated with each picture taken. This is one of the […]

The Time Cure

The Time Cure

When something bad has happened in our past, it is easy to believe that not dwelling on it and redirecting our thinking towards the “here and now” is a solution to our problems. However, there are other ways to do it. In a time-cure therapy, instead of reducing thinking about the past negative events, the practitioners guide their clients towards […]

The effect of positive psychology activities on young people

The effect of positive psychology activities on young people

Recently, a group of researchers from the University College Dublin led by Prof. Alan Carr analysed 347 studies with over 72,000 participants who were practicing various positive psychology interventions. They tried to identify the effect of the positive psychology activities on participants’ wellbeing, depression, anxiety, quality of life, and stress. They found that while adults showed moderate or small improvements […]