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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
Positive | artificial intelligence, uncertainty

AI and the Year Ahead

The large cabin was in total darkness. Come marching up the eastern hill afar. When is the clock on the stairs dangerous? Everything seemed so near and yet so far. Behind the wall silence alone replied. Was, then, even the… Read more
Positive | change

New Year's Resolutions: How Creating “Tiny Habits” Can Lead to Big Changes

There is nothing new about New Year’s resolutions. Every year we make them, every year (usually around the middle of January) we break them. No sooner is the hi-vis running gear bought than it is stuffed away in the closet,… Read more
Positive | transitions, university

Moving on Up: Managing the Transition to University

In 1987, a longitudinal study was conducted to examine the effects of transitions to university on the wellbeing of first-year students. The study found that all students evidenced increased psychological disturbances, such as heightened levels of anxiety, stress, and homesickness,… Read more
Positive | emotions

Jane Austen’s Emma: Reading the Emotions of Others

2017 marks the bicentennial anniversary of the death of one of Britain’s most famous authors: Jane Austen. Whether loved or loathed, Austen’s novels—including Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Sense and Sensibility—summed up and astutely satirized Georgian England. The continued… Read more
Positive | psychology

The Psychology of Tennis

There is perhaps no event in the summer sporting calendar more iconic than Wimbledon. While some might join the droves of people descending on South London merely in search of sun and strawberries, the main event is, of course, tennis.… Read more
Positive | Schools, students, teachers

Teacher and Student Wellbeing

Research collected by the Children’s Society found that in the U.K. at least ‘10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem’.[1] Worryingly, ‘50% of mental health problems are established by age 14… Read more
Positive | learning, teaching

Watch One, Do One, Teach One

In 2016, Michael Beer of Harvard Business School released a paper entitled ‘The Great Training Robbery.’ Beer’s pun alluded to the fact that despite spending hundreds of billions of dollars on training and education, evidence and experience showed that corporations… Read more