Positive Psychology

Creating Positive Change in 4 Easy Steps

Carlen Costa | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada
Carlen Costa

When it comes down to it, if we want to change how we experience the world, we must make the choice to change it. Newly enlightened self awareness can...

It's True, Love Is a Drug

Deri Latimer | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada
Deri Latimer

It's the month of love. Valentine's Day on the 14th marks the half-way point in the shortest month of the year.  Spring is around the corner, and mo...

Five Tips to Warm Up to Winter

Deri Latimer | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Focus on what you are looking forward to every day (not what you are dreading, not that your car might not start at the end of the day, not that you are dreading the slow ride home, etc.). Throughout the day (during breaks is a great time), ask yourself 'What went well so far today?' Then, pause and enjoy the experience.

Having Friends Is Actually Good For You

Deri Latimer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

It is well established that our brains are social. Neuroscience is confirming what we have always known: we are better -- healthier and happier -- when we have friends. So, if you're thinking that you might want to re-connect with some old friends, or cultivate some new friends, here are 15 reasons to get you started.

Four Keys to Manage Your Moods at Work

Deri Latimer | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

I believe that most of us would rather be in a 'good' (positive) mood, and we'd rather be working with people who are in a good mood too. Stress, overwhelming workloads, and the constant connection to technology seemingly required to function these days can cause the most calm of us to feel tense and anxious in short order. And that is costing us -- big time.  

Take a Picture, It'll Last Longer

Deri Latimer | Posted 10.10.2013 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

If you are at all like me -- and at times have inadvertently stared at someone else -- you likely heard the remark "Take A Picture, It'll Last Longer." Well, guess what! That experience and saying now has a whole new -- and positive -- connotation.  

Five Tips for Mental Health Wellness at Work

Deri Latimer | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

Next week is Mental Health Week. So, take some time this month and look around your workplace. Ask yourself how you are doing. Ask your staff, co-workers, leaders, clients and suppliers how you are doing. Then, decide which of these 10 tips you might be able to begin implementing right away.

World Laughter Day: How a Laughing Fit Sparked an International Movement

Albert Nerenberg | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Living
Albert Nerenberg

Sunday May 5 has been proclaimed World Laughter day, an annual event where people gather in public places to simply laugh. And the only way this might be possible is because of this bizarre aspect of human nature that has essentially been hiding in plain sight. You can make yourself laugh by simply laughing.

What Does It Mean to "Win" in Business?

Deri Latimer | Posted 05.25.2013 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

That simple smile, that energized input into a team meeting, the few moments taken to share something important with you. Notice it -- and appreciate it. Is it OK to lose the sale, as long as we all get along and like each other? I think...yes!

Creating New Horizons: Paradigms at Work

Heron Free | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada Alberta
Heron Free

Some paradigms support us better than others. 'The world is flat' was believed to be true until Christopher Columbus proved it otherwise. And though we need paradigms to help us make sense of the world, the minute we turn them into concrete truths we become enslaved by them.

Love Where You Work, Love Your Life

Deri Latimer | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

Optimism is a perspective; it is a choice about what you decide to say to yourself -- particularly following times of adversity. And, the choice changes everything. Feeling good -- at work and in life -- is just better for you (and for everyone else around you).

Empty Your Inbox and Fill In Your Team

Deri Latimer | Posted 04.22.2013 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

There are several online sources for email management tips from Personal Excellence.co. As I perused what's available, these key tips kept coming up.

Creating Young Game Changers in 2013

Deri Latimer | Posted 03.09.2013 | Canada Impact
Deri Latimer

I am on a mission. My mission is to increase the messaging and information about positive mental health. I believe that the more we practice positive mental health, every day, the less chance there is that negative, debilitating, fateful thoughts, feelings or actions will transpire. There simply will not be room for those thoughts, feelings, and actions to take over.

Out, Damned Thought!

Deri Latimer | Posted 01.06.2013 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Have you ever felt that way about a thought you were having -- that you just wanted it 'out'? It might not be driving you insane (or it might) but it certainly could be occupying your waking hours, impacting your energy, and affecting your overall mood.

Don't Let Your Workplace Star Be the One That Got Away

Deri Latimer | Posted 10.23.2012 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

What difference does one person make? Does one staff member in your business make a difference to your customers' experience (and to your organization's success)? Does one friend or personal connection make a difference to the quality of your life? If so, the question now becomes this: how do you make them stay at your business?

10 Tips for Epic Family Bonding on Vacation

Deri Latimer | Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Are you heading out on vacation soon? Do you want a little family bonding to occur while you are away? I just got back from vacation, and while I was away I noticed that some things definitely contributed to the kind of solid family bonding I desired. Try these 10 tips.

How Positive Psychology Affects Olympic Results

Louisa Jewell | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada
Louisa Jewell

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png As we are midst the excitement of the summer Olympics, it's only fitting to begin with how positive psychology contributes to better Olympic performance. Dr. Martin Seligman, commonly known as the founding father of positive psychology, performed a fascinating experiment published in the journal of Psychological Science in 1990.

10 Tips for Staying Sane at Work

Deri Latimer | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

2012-05-07-mentalhealth1.jpgMore and more, people in workplaces everywhere are reporting that they are experiencing a constant state of 'overwhelm' and mental exhaustion. Here are 10 tips for practicing positive mental health at work -- whether you're the new guy or the boss.

What Inspires You?

Deri Latimer | Posted 04.28.2012 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

We do not have to have lived the same life as another person in order to take something away from their story -- in order to be moved by them. You, too, are likely moved by such stories. What happens -- inside -- when you are "moved" or inspired?

An Ounce of Prevention...

Deri Latimer | Posted 04.02.2012 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Twenty-three years ago, I was young, in love, a new bride -- and eight months later, a widow. My new husband died by suicide. It completely caught me off guard. I was definitely still in the "honeymoon" stage and oblivious to any pain he quite clearly must have been experiencing.