Positive Psychology Program

What is Kindness in Psychology? (Incl. Activities + Quotes)

21 May 2019
How have you shown kindness to someone today? How has someone else been kind to you? With the increased acknowledgment that bullying behavior is a widespread epidemic in workplaces and schools, the need to reclaim our kindness roots is imperative. Worldwide efforts to shine a light on
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compassion for kids

How Can We Best Teach Kids Compassion in Education? (+ 21 Activities)

06 May 2019
If you claimed that there is an epidemic of bullying in our society, your claim would be affirmed by the drastic number of accounts of such behavior reported among our youth. The underlying issue, however, is not the bullying behavior (though obviously troubling and heartbreaking). Th
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compassion through training

Cultivating Compassion Through Training (Incl. Tests + Scales)

01 May 2019
Human suffering is often accompanied by acts of compassion from those with a desire to alleviate it. But, what compels someone to donate their time to a local food shelter, or animal rescue center? At our very core, we have a natural capacity for compassion – for ourselves, love
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compassionate leadership

Compassion at Work: Using Compassionate Leadership in the Workplace

30 Apr 2019
Compassion comes from a Latin word which means ‘co-suffering.’ Practicing and expressing compassion have always secured a firm place in almost all religious practices. Dalai Lama, one of the most respectable Buddhist preachers, stated that individual acts of compassion and kindness ha
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compassion books

28 Compassion Resources: Books, TED Talk Videos and More (Incl. Exercises)

29 Apr 2019
Are you looking for more ways to practice compassion? Did you know a compassionate lifestyle often leads to greater psychological well-being? Practicing compassion is much more than merely sympathizing or being charitable. It’s about being affectionate and considerate, empatheti
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random acts of kindness

Can Random Acts of Kindness Increase Well-Being? (Incl. 22 Ideas)

27 Apr 2019
The phrase “random acts of kindness” (RAK) is relatively well known and has been shared all over the world. When you consider the times when you’ve practice random acts of kindness, what past practices come to mind? I found myself thinking of this question as I wrote this blog because
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Why Shame & Guilt Are Functional For Mental Health

Why Shame and Guilt Are Functional For Mental Health

22 Jan 2018
Shame and guilt are two self-conscious emotions that everyone will feel several times throughout their lives. These are generally negative emotions which make people feel bad about themselves and can have negative consequences. That said, shame and guilt are important emotional compon
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9 Self-Compassion Exercises & Worksheets for Increasing Compassion

21 Dec 2017
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama We know about the importance of love and compassion for others. As the Dalai Lama stated, humanity cannot survive without these characteristics. I’ve always loved this quote, in par
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16 Compassion Focused Therapy Training Exercises and Worksheets

16 Compassion Focused Therapy Training Exercises and Worksheets

01 Dec 2017
“Compassion is a foundation for sharing our aliveness and building a more humane world.” – Martin Lowenthal Compassion gets a lot of attention in positive psychology, and for good reason – it’s a major concern of many religious and philosophical leaders, including the Dalai Lama and P
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What is Empathy and Why is it Important in Counseling

Understanding Empathy: What is it and Why is it Important in Counseling

08 Aug 2017
Empathy is an emotion similar to understanding that people have varying levels of. In this piece, we will discuss the benefits of showing empathy as a therapist, as well as how to show empathy as a therapist. We will also discuss strategies for promoting empathy in people who do not h
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5 Steps to Develop Self-Compassion & Overcome Your Inner Critic

09 Oct 2016
If you were to go on a journey with someone for several decades, how important would the relationship between the two of you be? Wouldn’t you make an effort to ensure you got along well? Wouldn’t you want to make sure the relationship between the two of you was positive and supportive
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Active Listening: The Art of Empathetic Conversation

21 Jul 2016
Julian Treasure claims that we are losing our hearing. Maybe he has a point. With personal broadcasting replacing the art of conversation, and silence becoming a scarce resource, we have forgotten how to listen. It is time to focus again and practice the skill of mindful listening. No
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Develop Your Compassion with Loving Kindness Meditation

13 Jun 2016
Loving kindness meditation helps us develop a compassionate attitude towards ourselves and others. This form of meditation, also known as metta, is a Buddhist concept encompassing ideas of non-romantic love, kindness and non-violence. The practice of this meditation involves sending l
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Forgiveness: The Key To a Happier Future

11 Apr 2016
“Forgiveness undoes our own hatred and frees us from a troubled past.”- Christopher Peterson People often link forgiveness with reconciliation, according to the definition, forgiveness does not always include reconciliation or even interaction with the perpetrator. Forgive
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Just Be Your Selfie: Self-Compassion and Self-Worth on Social Media

29 Mar 2016
Over the last decade, social media has changed the way that relationships, identities, and social networks operate. Facebook, in particular, is now a complex social ecosystem with 2.3 billion active daily users; each person may use Facebook to express themselves, keep informed about t
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18 Heart-Warming Acts of Kindness That Will Make You Cry

26 May 2015
Anyone can make a difference. Make a stranger smile with an act of kindness. Even the smallest gesture can mean a great deal to someone in need. So, always try to do your part and help make the world a kinder place. Here are some acts of kindness that should be noticed and admired. “B
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