positive psychology

New ‘Best Websites’ Page Featuring The Webs Most Outstanding Psychology and Mental Health Sites

 

Hi All,

 

As you might have noticed there have been quite a few new additions here at Accessible Psychology and I’m particularly excited about my new ‘Best Websites’ page. If you or someone you know has been impacted by mental health it features charity websites like Mind and Rethink that are both highly informative and very supportive. Mind has an entire section on ‘helping someone else’ whilst Rethink offers invaluable practical advise on living with mental illness.

 

The Depression Alliance also provides an amazing support network for those suffering with depression, helping to ease the social isolation which can establish itself in the lives of those with the condition. Cruse Bereavement Care is also an exceptional website which offers superb advise for those dealing with loss and offers telephone, email and UK based face-to-face support.

 

Having relationship problems? Relates website offers support and counselling (UK based) to those wishing to improve their romantic relationships. For some people, they serve to transform their clients relationships and lives whilst for others Relate helps solve a specific problem and allow clients to move forward with more confidence and less anxiety.

 

The Samaritans have been providing free counselling for years through their amazing helpline and on my page there is a link to their website which provides the contact details of what, for many, can be a lifesaving service.

 

Problems nodding off at night? The National Sleep Foundation has a comprehensive site with information on sleep health, sleep problems and disorders, sleep tools and tips and even a search for a sleep professional service (US based).

 

Last but certainly and by no means last there is The Happiness Project – an entire site dedicated to making your life the happiest it can possibly be! I really cannot recommend this website highly enough. The blog on the homepage is well researched, humorous and insightful. The section dedicated to breaking bad habits and forming new positive ones is educational and inspired. The tips and quizzes section is fun and the quotes featured in this section are fantastic. Finally, if you are as inspired as I was to begin a happiness project of your very own, the downloads section is an absolute must with exactly the same tools Gretchen used now available for anyone to print up and fill out.

 

Look out for our section for young people too.

 

Please tell me how you found the sites and how they were helpful to you, I would absolutely love to hear from you.

 

Enjoy.

 

x X x Jenny Leigh x X x

7 Steps to a Happier You; Part Three

Step Six: Hobbies and leisure pursuits

 

Having hobbies and ways to creatively express ourselves can also significantly boost our feelings of happiness. Why not try taking a class of something you have always wanted to do? When we creatively express ourselves we experience a deep sense of personal satisfaction, pride and achievement which all work to boost our happiness. Check out Tasterlab for an extensive directory of hobby taster classes.

 

Likewise, having leisure pursuits is essential as they serve to both reduce stress, relax us and are a valuable source of fun and enjoyment. I have an unlimited cinema card which I pay for monthly so when I need to relax I can get lost in a movie. Other fun leisure pursuits include bowling, a meal at a restaurant, fishing, roller-skating, exhibitions and museums and even karaoke with friends.

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7 Steps to a Happier You; Part Two

 

Step Three: Live for the moment

 

In all of my happiest memories I was totally absorbed and engaged in the moment. These moments were so crystal clear it is as if I had experienced them with eyes which were seeing for the very first time. Amazingly, we can all learn to develop this close relationship to the present moment. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the man responsible for bringing mindfulness meditation into the mainstream medical arena, defines mindfulness as ‘The awareness that emerges when we learn to pay attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally to things as they are.’ Mindfulness has been found to reduce stress, anxiety and depression and to help us better deal with pain. It also serves to help us fully immerse ourselves in the moment and allows us to develop a sense of appreciation and gratitude, both essential components of a happier life.

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7 Steps to a Happier You; Part One

 

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary happiness can be defined as ‘A state of well being and contentment’. We all want to be happy but is it something we can actively pursue? For years I struggled with depression and so I began questioning whether I could reduce the possibility of further bouts by proactively seeking happiness. I was fortunate that I began my research into happiness at a time when the area of positive psychology had exploded and was grateful to discover that there was extensive information and findings surrounding the field of happiness. In fact there are many things we can all do if we want to increase our happiness and live more contented lives. These changes may be small and manageable, like keeping a daily gratitude journal, or could be fundamental changes like integrating meditation into our daily lives.

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