Body & Brain

Positive psychology articles related to the human body and brain. Which positive psychology theories and interventions can help us to improve physical and mental well-being?

The Benefits of Mental Health According to Science

Mental Health Benefits

The absence of mental illness does not equal mental health. Just as the lack of physical illness does not equal physical wellness. To reap the benefits of mental health, special attention to the growth of practices that improve mental health is necessary. There’s, unfortunately, no magic wand, magic pill, or […]

26 Mental Health Exercises & Interventions Based on Science

Mental Health Exercises

Mental health is undoubtedly an important topic; however, many people find it uncomfortable to talk about it. Mental health includes your emotional health, your psychological health, and your social well-being. The state of your mental health determines how you handle stress, how you relate to others, and how you make […]

32 Best Mental Health Books for Increasing Your Well-Being

Mental Health Books

They say, ‘health is not just about what we eat. It is also about what we think, say, and do.’ Mental health forms a significant part of our overall well-being and encompasses parts of emotional health, psychological health, and social awareness. Positive mental health lets us: Explore our inner potentials. […]

How to Measure Flow with Scales and Questionnaires

how to measure flow

Someone who’s really caught up in what they are doing might say “I’m in the zone.” Positive psychologists use a similar term for this state: ‘Flow.’ Flow refers to the positive experience of complete absorption in an activity that is both spontaneous and effortless (Csikszentmihalyi, 2000; Nakamura & Csikszentmihalyi, 2014). […]

5 Quality of Life Questionnaires and Assessments

Quality of Life Questionnaires

How do you measure quality of life? The idea of quality of life (QOL) has been discussed in the psychological realm since the 1950s. The Quality of Life Scale (QOLS) originated from John Flanagan, who was an American psychologist. (Burckhardt & Anderson, 2003) The Quality of life scale measures things […]

11 Activities and Exercises to Induce a Flow State (+ 6 Examples)

induce flow state with these flow activities

With many things in life ostensibly out of our control, it is easy to consider our fate as being determined by external factors. However, consider times when instead of being driven by extraneous forces, you have felt in complete control of your actions - the master of your destiny! The […]

The Benefits of Full Engagement at Music Festivals

benefits of music festivals

How do you feel when you listen to music? Whether alone or with others, it is fascinating how powerfully music can engage the senses. Every culture shares one thing in common - music. Archeologists know this because they've discovered all types of instruments throughout the world. In fact, the oldest instruments […]

10 Neurological Benefits of Exercise

exercise and the brain

Perhaps you have a rough idea about how exercise affects your health, weight, and energy levels. But do you know about its impact on the brain? The neurological benefits are clear and significant. In this article, we will be taking a 360° view on the context, the facts, the research […]

The Psychology and Theory Behind Flow

The psychology and theory behind flow

Have you ever been ‘in the zone?’ We all want to experience it. It’s intense, exhilarating, and satisfying. When we’re in the zone, or what researchers call ‘flow,’ we feel invisible. The theory behind flow is as popular as ever with researchers investigating its effects in several areas of our […]

The Positive Effects Of Nature On Your Mental Well-Being

Benefits of connecting with nature

Nature heals. Just a walk in the woods or a stroll by the beach on a sunny morning can awaken the innermost feelings of happiness and peace, and Environmental Psychology has gone a long way proving this fact (Bell, Fisher, Baum, Greene, 1996). Our affinity toward nature is genetic and […]

What is Peak-End Theory? A Psychologist Explains How Our Memory Fools Us

What is Peak-end theory

Update March 2019: This is article on peak-end theory has been updated and extended. We'll walk you through the psychology behind the peak-end theory, relevant research supporting it, and how it relates to pain and pleasure. As you will see, implications for understanding the peak-end theory can be game-changing, as it […]

What is Neuroplasticity? A Psychologist Explains [+14 Exercises]

Our brains are truly amazing, aren’t they? Have you ever watched one of those specials on someone who experienced an amazing, unexpected recovery after a traumatic brain injury, stroke, or other brain damage? Some of those stories seem like the only explanation is magic. Although it certainly seems inexplicable, scientists […]

What Are Intrusive Thoughts in OCD & How to Get Rid Of Them?

What are Intrusive Thoughts in OCD and Anxiety? + Treatment options

Do you ever have intrusive thoughts popping into your head, unbidden and seemingly from thin air? You might be just going about your day when—suddenly—your mind throws a crazy image or a bizarre thought at you, and you’re left scratching your head about what just happened. The thought could be […]

What is Attachment Theory? Bowlby’s 4 Stages Explained

Attachment Theory in Children and Adults: Bowlby & Ainsworth's 4 Types

Is it all your mother’s fault? No matter what the “it” refers to, Sigmund Freud would have probably said yes to that question. However, we now know a lot more about psychology, parenting, and human relationships than Freud did. It's clear now that not every issue can be traced back […]

3 Positive Body Image Activities & Worksheets

Positive Body Image: How to Feel Good About Your Body (+Worksheets)

How do you feel about your body? If you don’t immediately answer “Great!” with a smile—don’t worry, you’re not alone! This is a very common problem for people today, especially women. With advertisements and images of a specific body type constantly bombarding us wherever we are or whatever we’re doing—on […]

How to Identify and Reduce Stress in Your Life (+Checklist)

symptoms of stress destressing

Stress is a part of daily life and is only becoming more of a presence in this increasingly-connected world. This can be a problem, as there are all sorts of negative physical and psychological effects of leading an overly-stressed life. This article will discuss some causes of stress and the […]

28 Mental Health Activities, Worksheets & Books for Adults & Students

mental health activities

Mental health is an important thing to talk about, but it can sometimes feel uncomfortable for people to start discussing. It is an important subject, however, as an increase in societal mental health awareness can have positive outcomes. For example, one study examining a British anti-stigma campaign found that people […]

Cognitive Distortions: When Your Brain Lies to You (+ PDF Worksheets)

Cognitive Distortions: When Your Brain Lies to You

We tend to trust what goes on in our brains. After all, if you can’t trust your own brain, what can you trust? Generally, this is a good thing—our brain has been wired to alert us to danger, attract us to potential mates, and find solutions to the problems we […]

The Psychology of Eye Contact Experiments [+Personal Experience]

The International Eye Contact Experiment: September 23, 2017

We are soft-wired to feel other people’s emotions just by looking at them. Without any words, we feel their joy, fear or anger. Responsible for this connection are brain cells called mirror neurons. But with many social interactions taking part online, where have real connections gone?   The Self-Experiment I […]

Body-Mind Integration: Training Attention for Mental and Physical Health

body mind integration

Even before Sigmund Freud and the psychoanalysis movement, psychologists have argued why the body-mind concept is crucial to psychology. The reasoning for this stems from the idea that physical conditions affect mental health, and that mental conditions affect physical health. Unlike desires or dreams, our thoughts and emotions don’t only […]

8 Ways To Create Flow According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Want to increase your well-being, creativity, and productivity? If so, you might want to cultivate flow, a concept describing those moments when you're completely absorbed in a challenging but doable task. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, considered one of the co-founders of positive psychology, was the first to identify and research flow. (If you're not sure how […]

What is Emotional Health (And What it is Not)?

Emotions can be wonderful, joyous expressions. However, they can also be detrimental to our health and well-being. The big questions when it comes to emotions are, why are they sometimes very difficult to control and, how can we learn to foster emotions in a skilled and healthy manner? To answer […]

How Psychology Combats False and Self-Limiting Beliefs

How to combat false beliefs

Belief systems are the bases of people's worldviews. We have beliefs grounded in fact, and beliefs grounded in emotion and life experience.  These belief systems shape our world view, since: "we learn our belief systems as very little children, and then we move through life creating experiences to match our […]
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