What is a growth mindset? The chances are you’ve already heard about the work of Stanford Professor, Carol Dweck (if you haven’t, where have you been?). The increasing popularity of mindset alongside positive psychology has seen it applied within the workplace, coaching, sports psychology and education. There’s a huge buzz around Carol Dweck’s growth mindset research and how it can be used to improve performance in a multitude of areas. But what is a growth mindset and how can you develop one? We take a look at the definition of mindset, growth mindset, fixed mindset and how to grow your own.
Have you ever thought about becoming a digital nomad? Hmmm, digital nomads, you say, how annoying are those people? Surely they’ve all got a secret stash of cash somewhere? If you find yourself reading digital nomad blogs, wishing it was you travelling the world, doing what you love instead of revisiting occupational groundhog day, this is for you. If working for yourself and travelling the world sounds like liberation from the rat race but feels like an impossible dream – you’re in the right place. If you’re wondering “What if I could live or work anywhere in the world?” on your commute, we’ve got you covered. We take a look at how to be a digital nomad, what being location independent really means and how you can take the first tentative steps to your fledgling nomadic dreams.
Unplug? If the mere suggestion of being tech free fills you with horror this blog is for you. A rather conservative piece of research from Microsoft suggests we check our emails on average 274 times a day and that doesn’t include those social media notifications that are constantly distracting you. We take a look at the benefits of unplugging from technology and entering a digital diet.
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.