‘Sleight of mouth’ suppresses our emotions

I’ve recently been asked by workshop participants to help out with articulating emotions, so thought it was well worth updating this post. (And thank you for the inspiration – you know who you are 🙂  ) Have you ever heard yourself – or someone else – say this: “I feel it’s…”? What normally comes next?… Read more

How well do you handle setbacks?

How do you respond when you’ve stuffed up on a task? Or when you’ve planned to walk part of the way to work –  and it rains? How about when you get some criticism from a colleague? The chatterbox in our head has a huge bearing on how we feel, and therefore on our resilience to… Read more

2018’s most popular

Whether you’re winding down or still working at full throttle, I hope there’s something in this post that’s just what you need for a quick boost – or a completely new perspective. 2018’s most popular TED talks Want to catch up on TED talks? Here you go – TED’s top 25 of 2018. No, I… Read more

Psych stuff round-up

Here’s my pick of recent psychology research, articles and posts. Your football team’s poor performance can affect your work Now the football season’s under way, here’s a timely post for fans. Your team’s poor performance on Saturday can affect your own work performance on Monday. As someone who grew up in a footballing family I’ve… Read more

101 words to help you boost your EQ

Often when I’m facilitating a workshop, particularly on topics that cover leadership, Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and our mental wellbeing, the subject of emotions comes up. Yet when I ask people to shout out some words for emotions, after ‘Happy’, ‘Angry’ and ‘Sad’ they can soon run out of ideas. Many of us seem to struggle… Read more

Psych stuff round-up

Here’s a round-up of psychology news, research, tips and comments that have caught my eye recently – I thought you might find them useful. As we emerge from a long weekend, there’s always someone who bemoans the UK’s stingy number of public holidays (see what I just did there?). England and Wales has 8 such… Read more

International Day of Happiness – 8 resources

    No less a body than the United Nations is behind The International Day of Happiness. In 2013, with ‘Article 2 of UN Resolution 66/281’ they invited “all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to observe… Read more

Sleep: why we need it and tips for better zzz

Why do we need to sleep? Surely we’ve got better things to do than spend an average of a third of our lives asleep? Especially as most of us say we’re ‘crazy busy’. If you’re thinking, “If I’ve got so much to get done, surely cutting out an hour or two of sleep each night… Read more

Psych stuff round-up

As an avid reader on applied psychology – how it shows up in our day-to-day lives and those of our nearest and dearest, as well as in the workplace and at leisure – I thought these snippets were well worth sharing. Mindfulness + teenagers = ‘meh’ If you work in an organisation that prides itself… Read more

Why write? Benefits of keeping a journal

Image ‘Recycle notebook’ by @jcsmilly / Deposit Photos It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and that means two things: The Mental Health Foundation publishes its latest research, ‘Surviving or Thriving? The state of the UK’s mental health’, which makes troubling, yet essential, reading.   Social media noise and advice abounds – some good, some not so…. Read more