Category Archives: Happiness

Why am I so critical?

Why am I so critical? If you’re asking the question: why am I so critical, you’re probably fed up with being critical but convinced it’s who you are. The important thing to know about being critical is that it is a habit like any other habit. It requires hours and hours of practice to be

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Why compare yourself with others?

Why Compare yourself with others? It’s human to compare yourself with others. We compartmentalise and sort things into categories to make sense of the world. To make sense of ourselves and our lives, we often look to others and compare. We may draw a conclusion that we are failing, both as a person and in life. People

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Depression, fame and fortune

Depression: what to do when the pressures build?  Depression, fame and fortune? I was interviewed for an article in the Australian Financial Review on how the rich and famous may be more at risk of suffering from depression than other people. The article was prompted by James Packer publicly disclosing that he struggles with depression.

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Talk to people more easily

So you want to talk to people more easily? Despite what you think, many people want to be able to talk to people more easily so they feel more comfortable in social situations. It is natural to feel nervous when first meeting people or trying to fit into a social group. You may struggle to feel

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Tips for road testing your New Year’s resolutions

Road test your New Year’s resolutions Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? Each year about 50 percent of Australians make New Year’s resolutions. According to a 2015 National survey of 1,059 Australians conducted by finder.com.au, most of these failed (58 percent), with 15 percent breaking their resolution by the end of March

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Self-awareness and change are inextricably linked

Self-awareness “What is necessary to change a person is to change his/her awareness of himself/herself” (Abraham Maslow). Self-awareness and change are inextricably linked. Who was Maslow and what did he mean? Maslow was the founder of the humanist movement in psychology, which evolved in the 1940s and 50s. It emphasised each individual’s unique capacity for personal

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How can I be more optimistic?

  Learn to be more optimistic Developing an optimistic attitude gives you a more positive outlook on life. It is a key aspect to good health. Asking the question: “how can I be more optimistic?” is a good start. Yet around 18,000 people a month worldwide ask: “how can I not be depressed?” This is a negative

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Self esteem revisited

What is self esteem? Self esteem has been defined as ‘an unfavourable global evaluation of yourself’ (Baumeister, 1996). This one-dimensional view is problematic as it doesn’t allow for error, it s very unforgiving of any mistakes we might make. It views self esteem as a trait that is fixed. Once you have it doesn’t leave

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Three Keys to Happiness

Help with happiness Here are three things you can do right now to help with your happiness. When practiced regularly these happiness keys can result in feeling good, feeling compassionate, grateful and alive. Key 1 – Practise gratitude (do this once a week, preferably at the end of the week) Right now and again at the

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Seeking happiness is our life purpose

Seeking happiness is our life purpose “I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in that religion or this religion, we are all seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness…” ― Dalai

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