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Happiness when the chocolate runs out

Happiness when the chocolate runs out

Written by on June 11, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships with 0 Comments

“What do you do when the bad things happen?” Venerable Robina Courtin asks. Ven. Robina agrees with Dr Robert Biswas-Diener that we need discomfort to understand the mind. Negative states are advantageous: attachment, anger, jealousy, pride are not at the core of your being, but they do exist and we can learn how to “unpack […]

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The upside of your dark side

The upside of your dark side

Written by on June 11, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships, Wellness with 0 Comments

An uncomfortable silence fills the stage as Dr Robert Biswas-Diener stands and gazes awkwardly at the audience. Sometimes an uncomfortable silence is the result of you saying the wrong thing, or a stranger disclosing something personal, or because of ambiguity, he says. “Discomfort ranges from the physical to the social, to the emotional and psychological,” […]

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The happiness project with Gretchen Rubin

The happiness project with Gretchen Rubin

Written by on June 10, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships, Wellness with 0 Comments

“These are things that don’t take a lot of time, energy or money because people don’t have a lot of time, energy or money,” Gretchen Rubin says. One day while sitting on the bus Gretchen decided that she needed to make the time to be happy. She decided to research how she could make herself […]

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Happiness for worrywarts and other strung out people

Happiness for worrywarts and other strung out people

Written by on June 10, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships with 0 Comments

“Hi, I’m a worrywart. In recovery. Most of the time,” Toni Powell says. She starts by giving us a thorough deconstruction of her worried planning for her talk today and the many ideas she scrapped along the way, including the original title. The new title of the talk is ‘3 happiness killers.’ The first happiness […]

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The happiness trap with Russ Harris

The happiness trap with Russ Harris

Written by on June 10, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships, Wellness with 0 Comments

“What’s the most negative thing you can say when someone asks ‘How are you?’” Russ asks. He gets straight to the heart of our culture’s obsession with happiness and appearing to be happy. “We all turn into zombies throughout the day,” he says. Russ gets the crowd on their feet to do ‘zombie moves.’ The […]

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Love, compassion and ethics – a conversation with the Dalai Lama

Love, compassion and ethics – a conversation with the Dalai Lama

Written by on June 10, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships with 0 Comments

The panel begins with Prof Barbara Fredrickson, who tells us about how her team has been studying two forms of happiness: one which is about ‘feeling’ good, enjoyment, satisfying your interests – Hedonistic happiness. There’s another form that philosophers have talked about for centuries: ‘doing’ good, contributing to your community, finding meaning and purpose – […]

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In their words: Sian Prior & Shy

In their words: Sian Prior & Shy

Written by on April 22, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships with 0 Comments

Shy. It’s such a shy word; only three letters long and it begins with a directive to be quiet: ‘shhh’. A timid little word that begs not to be noticed. Reserved is different. Tall men with jutting jaws are often reserved. Prime Ministers can be reserved, but never shy. Quiet implies choice; you could be […]

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In their words: Sue Langley & Living happy and engaged lives – it is possible!

In their words: Sue Langley & Living happy and engaged lives – it is possible!

Written by on April 20, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships with 0 Comments

The science of positive psychology contributes new insights and proven strategies to increase wellbeing in individuals, workplaces and communities. Given the focus on positive psychology occurring in the media and society more broadly, you may sometimes get the impression that this requires you to be happy and smiling 24/7! The result of this can, of […]

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Love is a many splendored moment

Love is a many splendored moment

Written by on April 14, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships with 0 Comments

According to dictionary.com love is 1) a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person 2) a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend 3) sexual passion or desire. Perhaps it’s the nature of online dictionaries, but this definition of love doesn’t really come close to capturing what […]

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In their words: Keelan Mailman & Finding the light in darkness

In their words: Keelan Mailman & Finding the light in darkness

Written by on April 6, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships with 0 Comments

Being an indigenous woman, there are so many negatives from the outset. In my life I’ve experienced so much racism because of the colour of my skin. As a female property manager, I’ve experienced so much sexism and doubt. For me, one of the hardest but most important things is to see the positive, to […]

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How do relationships affect brain function?

How do relationships affect brain function?

Written by on March 24, 2015 in Relationships with 2 Comments

One person tells his therapist he experiences profound anxiety in most social situations. Another person describes to her therapist a long history of eating disorders, lying, cheating, stealing and other dysfunctional behaviours. What do these two individuals have in common? According to Dr Amy Banks, an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School who is […]

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How to let altruism be your guide

How to let altruism be your guide

Written by on March 10, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships with 0 Comments

“With our thoughts we make the world” is a quote attributed to the Buddha, which if you look at all the challenges facing the planet today, can only mean something is horribly wrong with humanity’s collective thinking. Just what that might be is the topic of this presentation by Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, sometimes called […]

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Strengthening the mind through the power of compassion

Strengthening the mind through the power of compassion

Written by on February 17, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships with 1 Comment

Gathering momentum around the world is the compassion movement led by scientists, psychologists, religious leaders and others, seeking to transform societies by awakening hearts to the practice of compassion. One mover and shaker in the field is Professor Paul Gilbert, a pioneering compassion researcher and initiator of Compassion Focused Therapy, the subject of his post-conference […]

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Predicting relationship disaster

Predicting relationship disaster

Written by on February 4, 2015 in Relationships with 0 Comments

It’s pretty easy to tell whether a relationship is good or bad. Fights, endless fault finding, indifference, preferring a paperback to our partner’s conversation, these are all signs that a relationship is ailing; just as honest communication, acceptance of each other’s faults and the ability to disagree respectfully, all clearly signal a relationship that is […]

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