Life Satisfaction Theory and 4 Contributing Factors (Incl. SWLS Scale)

If you’re a bit confused about the many, many terms being thrown around related to happiness, well-being, and life satisfaction, you’re not alone!  There are so many ways to talk about this topic in positive psychology that it’s easy to get bogged down in ambiguity. For laymen and tho
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Pollyanna Principle: On a Constant Quest For What's Right

Pollyanna Principle: The Psychology of Positivity Bias

When you think of “bias” you probably think of it in terms of something negative. For example, you might think of being biased against a group of people and link it to racism, or you may think of the theory of confirmation bias, which states that we often ignore all the evidence that
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mood charts

Mood Charts: Track Your Mood With The Bullet Journal Mood Tracker & Other Charts

You can’t manage what you don’t measure. This is true in business, health, and can even be applied to personal life. The fact is unless an individual is able to organize, analyze and process the data they’re working with, reaching an accurate conclusion can be difficult. Firstly, beca
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parenthood paradox

Why You Should Have Never Had Kids (If You Want To Be Happy, That Is)

Do you think having children makes you happier? If so, think again. Research shows (over and over again) that having children reduces happiness (e.g. Anderson, Russel, & Schumm, 1983 or Campbell, 1981), even though parents think it will make them happier. This phenomenon is known
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The PERMA Model: Your Scientific Theory of Happiness

Everyone seems to be in the pursuit of happiness nowadays. There are many ways to reach happiness, though including training your mind for happiness, spending money on others to promote happiness, and following the code to well-being and happiness. Most of us think we know what happin
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hope and happiness

How “Hope” Can Keep You Happy If You Do It Right

“The very purpose of our life is happiness, which is sustained by hope. We have no guarantee about the future, but we exist in the hope of something better. Hope means keeping going, thinking, ‘I can do this.’ It brings inner strength, self-confidence, the ability to do what you do ho
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3 suggestions for a truly AWE–some life awe experience

What is Awe? A Definition And 3 Ways To Live An ‘Awesome’ Life

We all have the leading part in the play of our life. Our aims and goals seem very important and time has long been added to the list of scarce resources. But every now and then a moment of awe manages to challenge our understanding of the world. As a result, we feel pleasantly insign
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Happiness & All You Need To Know About The Science Behind It

Happiness as a human pursuit is ingrained in our actions for as long as we can remember and positive psychology has taken this concept into the realm of scientific research in hopes of gaining a better understanding of global well-being and meaningful living.  Whether on a global or i
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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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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: Your Life, Your Happiness

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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the good life

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 learned one thing in 36 years, it is the fact that “good” is a very subjective word. Your values create y
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goal setting

How Goal Setting Can Make You A Happier Person

Setting goals can be a constructive practice. Whether you are setting career goals, relationship and familial goals or daily goals, it is pertinent to understand what your objectives are in order to establish goals that you can ultimately attain. There has been a lot of research in po
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benefits of negative emotions is the key to wellbeing

The Benefits of Negative Emotions: 3 Keys to Wellbeing

Negative emotions are beneficial. There I said it. 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
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