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Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Did you know that last week was Mental Health Awareness Week? This year the theme was ‘be the champion of your mental health – find your team’. That means finding the people and resources available to help you manage your wellbeing. Normally, my family are my biggest source of support, but since Mum’s accident a […]

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Exams: Staying Positive

I was feeling pretty down after my first exam. I think I probably did well enough to pass, but not by much. I’m trying not to let it get to me. Ewe-nice has been a big help. I texted her after the exam and told her it hadn’t gone well. We were supposed to meet […]

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How to Cope

Sorry I haven’t posted lately. Remember in my last post how I was super stressed about all the uni work I had to do? Yeah. That. It turns out I wasn’t alone, either. Ewe-nice has been freaking out too. She has a part-time job at a restaurant in the city. They’ve been short staffed, so […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

I want to kick off this post with a big thank you to everyone who stopped by Hub Central on Thursday and Friday last week to say hi to me and Brainy and share their good thoughts and positive messages on the #ValueYourMind boards. It was fantabulous to meet you all! This week, if you’re […]

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Getting Ready for Mental Health Awareness Week

Gosh, it’s good to be back on campus! I feel revitalised. Full of energy. Firing on all cylinders. Raring to — okay, cool, you get the picture. It’s been great hanging out with my friend Ewe-nice between lectures these last few days, and good to be surrounded by other students again. I was starting to […]

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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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Getting Back to it after the Break

I can’t believe it’s already the final day of the break! The last two weeks disappeared fast. I’m actually quite excited to be heading back to uni tomorrow. Probably not what you were expecting to hear after my last post, right? I was getting super stressed about all the work I had to do, and […]

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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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