We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
Martin Seligman founded the field of positive psychology in 2000 and has devoted his career since then
to furthering the study of positive emotion, positive character traits, and positive institutions. Watch
Mihaly Czikszentmihaly (pronounced Me-high Cheeks-meet-me-high) says creativity is a central source
of meaning in our lives. A leading researcher in positive psychology, he has devoted his life to studying what
makes people truly happy: "When we are involved in [creativity], we feel that we are living more fully
than during the rest of life." He is the architect of the notion of "flow" -- the creative moment when a person is
completely involved in an activity for its own sake. Watch Psychologist Philip Zimbardo says happiness and success are rooted in a trait most of us disregard: the way we orient toward the past, present and future. He suggests we calibrate our outlook on time as a first step to improving our lives. Watch Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness", speaks on "Why We Are Happy". Watch
Therese Borchard is the author of "Beyond Blue". She has a number of videos on youtube and also has a blog.
Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but
most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating
stories -- and maybe, a way forward. Watch The Hidden Power of Smiling: Ron Gutman reviews studies on smiling. For example, your smile can be a predictor of how long you will live and is a measure of your overall well bell. Watch Seven Rules for Making More Happiness: Stefan Sagmeister shares his latest thinking on happiness -- both the conscious and unconscious kind. His seven rules for life and design happiness can (with some customizations) apply to everyone seeking more joy. Watch
The circumstances of our lives may matter less than how we see them, says Rory Sutherland.
He makes a compelling case for how reframing is the key to happiness. Watch
Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. She shares a deep insight
from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.
Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier
TED talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on.
Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word. Watch Jame McGonigal speaks about how games can change the world and change your life. Watch Dr. Sood, a Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, presents this short and informative video on how to make your brain happy: A Very Happy Brain Also check out his page here
Self Compassion and Mindfulness:
Improve your Assertiveness: "Being assertive is an important communication skill which can reduce your levels of depression and anxiety and improve your self esteem." Coping with Depression: "This workbook is designed to provide you with some information about depression and suggested strategies for how you can manage your mood." Facing Your Feelings: "This information package is designed to provide you with some information about distress intolerance and suggested strategies for managing distressing or uncomfortable feelings more effectively." Overcoming Health Anxiety: "This workbook is designed to provide you with some information about health anxiety, including how it develops, how it is maintained, and how to decrease your health worries and concerns." Improving Self-Esteem: "This information package is designed to provide you with some information about low self-esteem - how it develops, how it is maintained, and how to address this problem." Coping with Panic Attacks: "This workbook is designed to provide you with some information about panic attacks and panic disorder and suggested strategies for how you can manage your panic and anxiety." Overcoming Perfectionism: "This workbook is designed to help you understand what is helpful and unhelpful about being a perfectionist. The goal is not for you to give up your high standards altogether but to learn to pursue healthy high standards rather than unrelenting high standards that negatively impact your life." Overcoming Procrastination: "This workbook is designed to provide you with some information about procrastination and some suggested strategies for how you can address this problem." Coping with Social Anxiety: "This workbook is designed to provide you with some information about social anxiety and suggested strategies for how you can manage your anxiety in social situations." Mastering Your Worries: "This workbook is designed to provide you with some information about chronic worrying and generalized anxiety disorder and suggested strategies for how you can manage your worrying and anxiety." Appearance Concerns: "It is normal to feel dissatisfied with your appearance from time to time. However, if you are too concerned about your appearance it can have a big impact on your life in many ways, such as your mood, how you socialise and how you take part in activities like work, study or hobbies. It can also add to financial stress, as trying to change your appearance can be very expensive. The good news is that you can learn to accept your appearance as it is and to lessen the influence your appearance concerns have on your life." Building Body Acceptance: Many people can have a poor body image, seeing their general physical appearance in a negative light (e.g., “I hate my body”). However, the term Body Dysmorphic Disorder, or BDD, is used to describe a particular more specific type of body image problem. BDD is marked by an intense preoccupation with a perceived flaw in one’s physical appearance. Individuals with BDD often spend significant periods of time worrying about and evaluating a particular aspect of their appearance. Large amounts of time may be spent checking their appearance in the mirror, comparing their appearance with others, and engaging in behaviors designed to try to hide or conceal the area of concern." Building Self Compassion: "Self-compassion involves being aware of our own pain and suffering, and understanding that this is a hard, but normal human experience. Directing feelings of kindness and care towards ourselves, and focusing our attention and energy on how we might alleviate our pain, are also crucial components of self-compassion. Self-compassion can bring great benefits for our mental health and well-being. Particularly, self-compassion can activate our soothe system, which calms the threat and drive systems. Our threat and drive systems tend to be overactive for many of us much of the time, and responsible for the difficult emotions we may be struggling with (e.g., anxiety, anger, depression). The opposite of self-compassion is self-criticism. This very negative thinking style often links to difficult emotions and mental health problems. Those who are highly self-critical particularly need to develop the ability to relate to themselves in a compassionate way." Sleep: Information on sleep and worksheet