The sun is shining and Aquatic Park Cove is filling up with people in wetsuits just waiting to submerge themselves in the chilly morning Pacific Ocean. If you haven’t tried open water swimming you’re in for a treat. We don our skins and get together with local swimmers, their canine entourage & spectators just hanging out for fun. Join us on a deep dive into the wellbeing benefits of an icy alfresco dip as we go sea swimming in San Francisco.
We’re working in New York at the moment delivering positive psychology sessions with Spotify and other companies in the States so it was a happy coincidence when we were contacted by the US based IAAPA ‘Funworld’ magazine. After hearing about our ‘Meditation in the Museum’ sessions with the V&A they wanted to know if we’d like to write a piece about practicing mindfulness in museums . Did we need any persuasion to head over to the Guggenheim and get our zen on? We think not. Take 5 and grab a cup of hot stuff, here’s what happened when we practiced mindfulness in the Guggenheim along with our guide to mindfulness in museums. Here are our top tips for how to practice mindfulness in museums.
It’s official. Kindness is good for you. The Honey Foundation’s research found that 5 acts of random kindness a week will increase your level of happiness for up to 3 months. Not bad. Random acts of kindness have also been found to increase oxytocin, lowering blood pressure and improving heart health. So even if you’re the Grinch, we figure you’ll benefit from being kinder. Join us to discover
- a definition for random acts of kindness
- random acts of kindness examples
- random acts of kindness ideas for strangers
You’ve heard all about the benefits of mindfulness at work but sometimes it just feels tricky to find the right moment for it. Perhaps you haven’t found time for a mindfulness at work course yet but you want to get started. Or maybe you’ve been looking for some unique mindfulness at work exercises to incorporate into your day? With some forward planning and a bit of thought, practising mindfulness at work can easily become part of your daily routine. We take a look at 4 practices to build your daily quota of mindfulness in the office or wherever else you happen to be. You’ll learn about
- setting an intention (your roadmap for the day)
- mindful commuting (yes, it’s possible)
- creating an easy space for a mindful pause in your day
- switching on instead of off and starting as you mean to go on
Here’s how to be more mindful at work in 4 steps.
What can marshmallows reveal about your willpower when it comes to goals? Yes, we know, seemingly nothing much. When you set yourself a new goal, you can bet that willpower, grit and determination will be key components. Enthusiasm can get you started but what happens when the going gets tough? Willpower makes or breaks your dream or goal. But is willpower something that we are born with or can it be developed to help us work towards positive change? We take a look at an iconic marshmallow experiment all about cognitive control (you’ve got to love science that uses marshmallows), three steps to help you develop your willpower along with evidence from the world of neuroscience to help you reach your goal.
Building self confidence and self esteem is essential if you want to grow, move forward, shine your light and let the world see what you’re made of. Maybe you’ve been asking yourself “How do I build my self confidence?” or is there something you’ve always wanted to do but you’re not totally convinced that you can get there? Have you shared your goals with others only to hear that “It’ll never happen” or it “Won’t work” leaving your self belief more than just a smidgeon shaken and stirred. Perhaps you’re left wondering where your self confidence went and if you should just chuck in the towel right now. The good news is that you can build up your self esteem and increase your confidence. We show you how, in 4 easy peasy steps that will give you the right stuff to believe in yourself and show your fabulous stuff to the world.
Traditional psychology has focused on what doesn’t work in an attempt to fix it. What’s wrong with that we hear you ask? Nothing, sometimes that’s exactly what we need, but Positive psychology is different. So what exactly is positive psychology? Sometimes referred to as the ‘science of happiness’ positive psychology takes a new perspective, examining instead, what makes human beings flourish. So what is positive psychology and why is it important? We take a look at who’s using it & the benefits of incorporating positive psychology into your day. If you’re interested in finding out more about the science of human flourishing, join us for a whistle stop tour around the world of positive psychology.
Sounds impossible right? You’re packed tight into a busy train, bus, tube or tram, sharing air and let’s face it, more personal space than you’d ever choose to with complete strangers. It’s standing room only hell. Even if you cycle to work, rush hour traffic can be less than easy. Sometimes you feel as though you’ve already done a day’s work by commuting and that’s before you even step foot into work. So just how do you become a mindful commuter? In this post we’ll show you how to meditate on your commute by taking a look at the benefits of mindfulness whilst commuting along with three easy ways to reduce the stress of your journey to work. Join us to discover how to create an inner state of calm on your commute.
We’re super excited to announce a brand new mindfulness book that our resident mindfulness lead, Gill will be co-authoring. ‘Mindful Heroes’ is the brain child of Aberdeen University & Gill will be working alongside her very own personal mindfulness heroes including Professor Paul Gilbert, Alan spence, Graeme Nixon, Terry Barrett and Vin Harris amongst others. The book will examine the practical application of evidence based mindfulness meditation in everyday life.
Gill will bashing away at her keyboard and contributing a chapter on her work based research, ‘Bullet Proof 9 to 5-ers’ which examines the impact of an 8 week mindfulness programme on leadership resilience, stress and compassion. Gill conducted her research whilst working with the senior leadership team of a national charity. The results were extraordinary. To find out more, watch this space….
Mindful Heroes will be launched at the Mindfulness Association Conference at Samye Ling, March 2019.
Hey There Fabulous,
Welcome to A Night of meditation at the V&A, the tenth episode of The Positive Change Guru Podcast, the podcast for a positive community. We want you to be inspired, achieve your dreams and take action. Our mission is to help you achieve your goals and unleash your awesomeness by providing you with practical, actionable tools for positive change. There’s something just a bit special about delivering mediation in the V&A at night so we decided to share that with you.