On this page you’ll find a variety of psychology-themed blog posts written by members of the Positive Team. You can use the category drop-down to filter the results, or use the tags at the end of each post to browse by more specific topics.

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Positive | compassion, empathy, kindness

Lessons in Kindness

This year, the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness. It's something we're all familiar with, and something many of us value now more than ever – but what exactly is kindness and why is it so important for… Read more
Positive | attention, distractions, focus

Focusing in a World of Distractions

Focus has been described by Daniel Goleman as ‘the hidden driver of excellence’ [1]. We can’t perform at our best if we can’t manage our attention. It is also inextricably linked to our psychological wellbeing. It’s not just our productivity that stands to suffer if... Read more
Positive | Brian Marien, psychological wellbeing

Looking out on 2020, Part 2: What’s in Store for Positive?

An Interview with Positive Co-Founders, Will and Brian Marien. Brian, Will – welcome back! Last week we talked about trends for 2020, looking in particular at habits and psychological health. Now it’s time to look at what’s in store for… Read more
Positive | brain, Brian Marien, change

Looking out on 2020, Part 1: Trends in Psychological Health

An Interview with Positive Co-Founders, Will and Brian Marien. At the end of last year, LinkedIn published an article titled '20 Big Ideas that will change your world in 2020'. ‘We will talk more openly about mental health in the workplace’… Read more
Positive | mindset, stress

The ‘S’ Word: Why we need to change the way we think about stress

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘stress’? For many people, the word has overwhelmingly negative connotations: poor health, premature ageing, even early death. Whilst educating people on the dangers of stress is undoubtedly important, the downside… Read more
Positive | emotions, habits, proactive

A Positive Approach to Proactive Wellbeing

Our mental health sits on a continuum. At one end of the scale is optimal psychological wellbeing, at the other, poor psychological health. We can also find ourselves at any point in between. This might seem obvious – we all… Read more
Positive | friendship, psychological wellbeing

The Importance of Friendship

These days, you can hardly spend five minutes on social media without discovering a new day of recognition. From #NationalSpinachDay to #TalkInAnElevatorDay (you’ve just missed that one, in case you were wondering) you’d be forgiven for declaring time on the… Read more
Positive | Body Image, Mental Health, psychology

Body image: how do you feel about your body and why does it matter?

Here in the UK, today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, the initiative seeks to raise awareness around the importance of mental wellbeing, with a different theme chosen for the week each… Read more
Positive | Brian Marien, psychological wellbeing

The Importance of Psychological Wellbeing: an interview with Dr Brian Marien

Why do we think, feel, and behave the way we do? For us at Positive, this question is crucial. Why? Because understanding our own thought processes, as well as the processes of others, can confer measurable benefits to our day-to-day… Read more