Happiness & SWB

Life Satisfaction Theory and 4 Contributing Factors (Incl. SWLS Scale)

If you’re a bit confused about the many, many terms being thrown around related to happiness, well-being, and life satisfaction, you’re not alone!  There are so many ways to talk about this topic in positive psychology that it’s easy to get bogged down in ambiguity. For laymen and those not involved […]

Pollyanna Principle: The Psychology of Positivity Bias

Pollyanna Principle: On a Constant Quest For What's Right

When you think of “bias” you probably think of it in terms of something negative. For example, you might think of being biased against a group of people and link it to racism, or you may think of the theory of confirmation bias, which states that we often ignore all […]

Why You Should Have Never Had Kids (If You Want To Be Happy, That Is)

parenthood paradox

Do you think having children makes you happier? If so, think again. Research shows (over and over again) that having children reduces happiness (e.g. Anderson, Russel, & Schumm, 1983 or Campbell, 1981), even though parents think it will make them happier. This phenomenon is known as "The Parenthood Paradox" or […]

How "Hope" Can Keep You Happy If You Do It Right

hope and happiness

Hope can strengthen and support happiness. The Dalai Lama summed up this idea nicely when he said: “The very purpose of our life is happiness, which is sustained by hope. We have no guarantee about the future, but we exist in the hope of something better. Hope means keeping going, thinking, […]

Happiness & The Science Behind It: How to Train Your Brain

Happiness has been a human pursuit for as long as we can remember, and positive psychology has taken this concept into the realm of scientific research in hopes of gaining a better understanding of global well-being and meaningful living.  Whether on a global or an individual level, the pursuit of […]

Subjective Well-Being: Your Life, Your Happiness

subjective well-being

Asking the question, "Am I living a fulfilling life?" is an essential part of being human. The answer to the age-old question is based on one's subjective well-being (SWB), which is completely particular to the individual in question. There are no set guidelines for how to develop a higher level […]

Happiness & Well-Being Coaching with PERMA

Life coach using PERMA Model

In coaching settings, it can be extremely helpful to work from a theoretical framework or model. These can be used to guide clients through their thought-process and explore the various aspects of the model. These models can also change how coaches relate to the client’s experience, which leads to deeper […]

What Is the “Good Life?” How Positive Psychology Can Create Meaning

the good life

A lot has been said and written about the “good life,” and with some 7.3 billion people on this planet, there are quite possibly just as many opinions on what it constitutes. If I have learned one thing in 36 years, it is the fact that “good” is a very […]
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