well-being models

The 2 Complimentary Models of Well-Being

Throughout history, a consensus on the exact nature of well-being has been notoriously elusive. Well-being is something we covet, something we may recognize in ourselves or in those around us, but as of yet, we have not put our fingers down on a clear, unanimously accepted definition.
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hedonic adaptation treadmill

The Hedonic Treadmill – Are We Forever Chasing Rainbows?

Can you remember a time you were dreaming about something, maybe a new car, a promotion at work, moving into a nicer house or finding a partner to share life with? Do you remember fantasizing about how happy you would be? And then, when you finally got it, that happiness boost didn’t
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The Subjective Happiness Scale and Other Happiness Measures

Happiness is one of the most sought after dispositions. Regardless of culture, socioeconomic status and geography happiness appears to be universally recognized as presented by the World Happiness Report.  Despite the human pursuit of happiness, it still remains an elusive concept wit
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Studying Happiness and Acts of Kindness: What Really Makes us Happy?

Treat yourself. What began as a funny episode of Parks and Recreation now seems to have taken our culture by storm. Feeling stressed after a long day of work? Treat yourself to a bubble bath. Feeling blue? Treat yourself to a decadent dessert. Feeling frustrated after an argument with
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random acts of kindness

Random Acts of Kindness: An Exercise for Increasing Wellbeing

The goal of the ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ exercise is to increase wellbeing by consciously performing acts of kindness. Becoming more aware of one‘s own kind behaviour toward other people has been found to increase subjective wellbeing (Otake et al., 2006). Background A st
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Subjective Well-Being: Evaluating Your Life

Pondering the idea of whether or not one has lived a fulfilling life is by no means uncommon; rather, it is an essential part of being human. This is based on the evaluation of one’s own affective reactions and cognitive judgements. As the term suggests, subjective well-being is
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Life coach using PERMA Model

Happiness & Wellbeing Coaching with PERMA

In coaching settings, it can be extremely helpful to work from a theoretical framework or model. These can be used to guide clients through their thought process, explore the various aspects of the model and how it relates to the client’s experience, which leads to deeper insights and
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What is the good life in positive psychology

What Is The “Good Life”?

A lot has been said and written about the “good life”, and with some 7.3 billion people on this planet, there are quite possibly as many opinions on what it constitutes. If I have learnt one thing in 36 years, it is the fact that “good” is a very subjective word. Your values create yo
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benefits of negative emotions is the key to wellbeing

The Benefits of Negative Emotions: The Key to Wellbeing

Negative emotions are beneficial. Ok, ok, I know it sounds controversial that negativity brings health especially in the era of “smile and the world will smile back at you” we live in. Everywhere we look, there are messages such as, “Smile more often” or “
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Hedonic capacity and happiness

Hedonic Capacity: The Missing Link to Happiness

The theory of hedonic adaptation suggests that people adapt to circumstantial changes, especially positive ones. We all know people who react differently when faced with failure. Some will collapse, feeling incapable to return on life. Others, on the contrary, will adapt themselves, c
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