What Is Positive Psychology?

One of our main goals is to clear up the confusion surrounding our psychology, and the “self-help” field as a whole. Perhaps the concept in most need of some explaining is positivity/positive psychology.

The positive psychology movement is often misrepresented by pop-psychology books, listicles, and speakers alike. Because of this, they’re probably about as misunderstood as quantum mechanics these days.

Picture of the classic "schrodinger's cat" in a box scenario, except rather than poison, the cat may be dosed with serotonin Schrodinger’s Cat’s Well-being

So let’s talk about what positive psychology is, what it isn’t, and what it implies for you and your life.

Traditional Psychology – A History

First, let’s preface this section by saying we’re going to massively oversimplify things here for the sake of brevity. That being said, let’s talk about psychology.

Traditionally, psychology is the study of mental disorders and […]

By | May 3rd, 2017|Blog Post, Other|1 Comment

What Is Mindfulness?

If you’ve ever encountered the self-help field before, you’ve no doubt heard something about mindfulness meditation. It’s becoming quite the buzzword these days, and companies and mobile apps worldwide are eager to get on the mindfulness bandwagon.

So what’s the deal with mindfulness? What is it? What are the benefits of a mindfulness regimen? In this post, we’ll take a closer look at why mindfulness is receiving so much attention.

Background

When you think about mindfulness meditation, one of a few images probably comes to mind. To borrow a few archetypes from Chris Goto-Jones’ Coursera course, “Demystifying Mindfulness”, you might imagine:

The Monk, centered and internally-oriented

Cartoon image of meditator

Or, perhaps The Warrior, focused and ready to act

Adorable cartoon ninja

Or maybe The Zombie, cold, […]

By | April 26th, 2017|Blog Post, Other|2 Comments

Engaging in Eudaimonia

Until now, we have focused almost solely on the philosophical side of the program. We believe disseminating our content in this order to be fitting and proper, as proper understanding demands the proper and accurate context. Now that we have much of that context, it is time for a post that might be categorized as more practical.

In our last post, we talked about eudaimonic well-being, enjoyment, and how purpose is the foundation of that. This week, we intend to begin the process of creating eudaimonic well-being. In this post, we will guide you through the process of identifying that which you enjoy, eudaimonically, and therefore that which facilitates your thriveilhood.

Engaging in Eudaimonia

As we endeavor to live a thriving, joyous, growing, connected life, we will spend our time in many, varied ways. What we have alluded to, if we have not said it explicitly before, is that it absolutely matters how we spend our time; what […]

By | August 12th, 2016|Blog Post, Other|0 Comments

Purpose and Eudaimonic Well-Being

In the Intro to Purpose post, we introduced eudaimonic well-being as one of the main benefits of purpose. In this post, we’re going to expand on why and how eudaimonic pursuits are necessary components of our thrivelihood.

Eudaimonic well-being is the satisfaction or gratification that comes from personal development, or participating in meaningful, important work. It’s a concept that dates back to at least Aristotle, who pointed out that not all things that produce the sensation or feeling of pleasure also produce wellness.

As Aristotle argued, pure hedonic happiness may not always be good for us in the long run, and may be self-defeating. Engaging in an activity that is fun in the moment but reaps negative consequences in the future isn’t truly supporting our well-being. Therefore, when we choose courses of action, we must remember to consider the consequences so we are not acquiring our present well-being at the expense of […]

By | July 29th, 2016|Blog Post, Other|0 Comments

Purpose and Resiliency

As we mentioned last week, purpose is our pathway to the good life; thrivelihood. This week, we’ll discuss one of the main benefits of purpose: to make us resilient and alter our perspective during the decision-making process in a way that guides us toward action.As in, the purpose of the following is to help you understand how purpose works. Purpose-ception.

The following quote from last week’s post (Intro to Purpose) sums up this idea nicely:

“He who has a why to live for can bear any how.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

 

Purpose provides us with these reasons why. These reasons increase our ability to continue on our chosen path through any challenge or hardship. Increased ability to persist through adversity is what resiliency is.

In this way, purpose has the ability to act as an extremely powerful resource.

By | July 22nd, 2016|Blog Post, Other|1 Comment

Intro to Purpose

As we’ve mentioned previously on this blog, purpose vs. process is not an “either/or” question, but a “both/and” scenario. If we wish to thrive, we must focus on and develop both.

That being said, most of what we’ve discussed thus far has been described through the lens of process. It’s time we shift our discussion and view things through the lens of purpose.

Purpose is a bit of a catch-all term that includes several related ideas. The first thing to understand about purpose is that it is not just an action or an outcome; it is a theme. As in a novel, our lives may have several acts or chapters all serving the same theme. If you were to write a novel, you might start by considering some sort of message you want to convey.

This message will greatly affect our lives in […]

By | July 15th, 2016|Blog Post, Other|2 Comments