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This Is The Biggest Key to Happiness, According to Science
Over the past two decades, the positive psychology movement has brightened up psychological research with its science of happiness, human potential and flourishing.
It argues that psychologists should not only investigate mental illness but also what makes life worth living. The founding father of positive psychology, Martin Seligman, describes happiness as experiencing frequent positive emotions, such as joy, excitement and contentment, combined with deeper feelings of meaning and purpose.
It implies a positive mindset in the present and an optimistic outlook for the future.
Importantly, happiness experts have argued that happiness is not a stable, unchangeable trait but something flexible that we can work on and ultimately strive towards.
I have been running happiness workshops for the last four years based on the evidence from the above field of psychology.
The workshops are fun and I have earned a reputation as “Mrs Happy”, but the last thing I would want anyone to believe is that I am happy all the time. Striving for a happy life is one thing, but striving to be happy all the time is unrealistic…
Helicopter parenting stunts kids’ emotional growth, psychotherapist says
Today’s parents — myself included — have gotten ourselves a well-deserved reputation as helicopter parents who hover over our kids, chasing away any difficulties that pose a threat to their kids’ happiness and esteem.
But when they eventually leave our nests (albeit later than we did — thanks a heck of a lot, housing prices), they’ll need mental strength to navigate some of life’s stormy waters.
Amy Morin, author of a new book called 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do, wants us all to be able to help our kids grow into responsible adults who can get through whatever life throws their way.
Morin is a foster parent, social worker and psychotherapist and bestselling author, and her wildly popular TEDx Talk has been viewed nearly six million times.
The Star caught up with Morin recently to talk about the parenting habits that will help cultivate mental strength in our kids.
Your book provides strategies for parents of kids of all ages to build mental muscle, which really comes down to resilience. You have your own very personal resilience story with some of the tough stuff you had to handle at a fairly young age. How did that shape you and your mission about mental strength?
I started out as a therapist thinking that my goal in life was to be teaching people…