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Deepening our enjoyment & appreciation of life

A sense of meaning, connection to our values and real engagement in what we do are crucial to nourish high wellbeing in our lives … and then high wellbeing feeds back to help us be more vital & effective in all that we do.  But it’s important too to ‘smell the flowers’ on our journey.  Excessive focus on being happy is likely to be counter-productive but being too ‘puritanical’ tends to shoot ourselves in the foot as well.  The fascinating work of Barbara Fredrickson on the ‘broaden & build’ function of positive/pleasurable emotions illustrates the way that deepening our enjoyment & appreciation of life doesn’t just balance energy & effectiveness, it actually boosts these qualities.  A high emotional positivity ra

Compassion, wisdom & wellbeing training: 3rd session content

Here is a description of the third session of the "Compassion, wisdom & wellbeing: 8 week training".  I posted a description of the second session a few days ago ... "Compassion, wisdom & wellbeing training: 2nd session content".  This second meeting is also heavily based on the state-of-the-art structure described in the paper "ENHANCE: Design and rationale of a randomized controlled trial for promoting enduring happiness & well-being" with additions from Stanford University's "

  • Compassion, wisdom & wellbeing training: 1st session home practice

    These 'homework' instructions are phrased to fit with the "Compassion, wisdom & wellbeing: 8 week trainingthat we're running.  If you're going through this material independently of the structured group format, of course you can pace it to suit yourself and you may take longer or shorter than a week to do the 'homework' between the content sessions.  I've written about the first evening of the course in "Compassion, wisdom & wellbeing: 1st session content".  This blog post describes seven homework tasks it would be great if you would complete before the 2nd session of the course ...

    Compassion, wisdom & wellbeing training: 1st session content

    I've already introduced this course in an earlier blog post "Compassion, wisdom & wellbeing: an 8 week training".  This post gives background for the first session of the training.  It will be particularly relevant for participants, but others not coming to the course itself may well find these ideas interesting & helpful.  I certainly hope so!

    Compassion, wisdom & wellbeing training: course questionnaires

    General details of this course have already been given in the blog post "Compassion, wisdom & wellbeing: an 8 week training".  Before, during & after the course, there's encouragement to fill in questionnaires.  This is suggested for at least three reasons.  One is that when we measure something, we tend to pay more attention to it.  Keeping track is often a therapeutic intervention in its own right.  Secondly we're using questionnaires to see if changes in our behaviours actually produce the improvements we're hoping for.  Does working through this training over a couple of months genuinely improve our compassion, wisdom & wellbeing?  There are more comprehensive ways to measure this, but questionnaires are 'low tech' and one of the most straightforward ways to asses

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