Introversion; curse or blessing ?

Straight away – let me clear this up ; being an introvert is not a curse, it could be a blessing in many ways – but it may not always feel ‘easy’. People speak to me about feeling ‘crippled with shyness’. But what I find when we ‘dig around’ a little more is that really […]

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Exams – planning for and knowing how to manage the stress

We have lots of information on our website about exam stress, and lots of old blog post – so take a look .  I have included some quick tips below.  I also found an article on the   Reachout   website; it’s always good to add new ideas to our list. – Think of exams as […]

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Exams- sorry – have to start talking about them sometime

With university examinations approaching, many students will be thinking about the best way to study and get on top of all the material they have covered during the semester.  For some that means studying alone, for others group work is best, or perhaps a bit of both. When I went to university, I was one […]

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Digital Detox- Could you do it ?

I must admit I have never thought about this- but having been born in a time of very limited ( I mean really limited – but not quite writing on stone) I find the idea quite appealing.  I am wondering what others think- and if this even feels like a problem to some people? This […]

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Character Strengths: What are they? How can they help?

Character strengths are one of the key concepts underlying the theories of  Positive Psychology. Martin Seligman ( and various colleagues) hit upon the idea that in focusing on a person’s strengths ( rather than their weakness or pathology) you would draw out for the individual a potential way to engage with the world differently and […]

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Neuroplasticity – heard of it?

Neuroplasticity is the remarkable ability of our brains to, in effect, grow and regenerate over time, with stimulation. The attached article has a really good simple diagram explaining this process and how different kinds of thinking effect what happens in our brain. What is really worth noting here is that thinking positively will stimulate the […]

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Holidays …..can you remember your best ever holiday?

Sharing the experience of something we have enjoyed enhances both our personal well-being and the well-being of the person we’re telling. Positive Psychology encourages this connection to others as a way to improve our mental health and the 5 Pillars of Positive Psychology ‘enshrine’ the concept as Positive Relationships ( which we talk about further […]

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What I have learnt from my Mother

I have actually learnt quite a lot from my Mother -but  I was struck the other day by something significant my mother has developed in herself  which I appreciate and am striving to develop in myself;  and that is an appreciation and gratitude for small things. She notices things that most of us- including me-  […]

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How giving to others and acts of kindness can make us happy

  Did you know that Happiness can be enhanced by giving to others? A newsletter by The Greater Good Science Centre at the University of California (Berkley) highlights several recent studies which suggest that giving to others makes us happy, even happier than spending money on ourselves. What’s more, our kindness might create a virtuous […]

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Quick thinking fix – for when you know you are being negative and need to move on

Ok, so maybe you’re aware of the same negative thoughts recurring, seemingly daily. Maybe you’re predicting failure, or worrying a relationship will not work out or imagining a doomed future. These are in fact common thinking scenarios and the bigger problem is we tend to carry these thoughts around and play them over and over […]

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