Category Archives: Positive Psychology

Hold Onto The Bright Bits… the art of Eulogy Writing

While there are some life tasks that you don’t want to become proficient at, they are an unfortunate necessity. Cleaning blocked drains immediately springs to mind. Writing eulogies might be in the same ballpark. Portugal Trip: Last year, on a … Continue reading

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Overcoming Anxiety: A Personal Triumph (not!)

My brother Tony lives in Winnipeg – the Athlone of Canada. Despite the cold, he has a warm sense of humour – on the assumption that you are not overly sensitive. He recently said: “How is it that in every … Continue reading

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Understanding Shame Versus Guilt (and how to eradicate it).

Back in the day, my buddy Gerry Leigh was an Alterboy. Who wasn’t? We earned great money for weddings. Plus time off from classes to attend Mass – coupled with a very slow walk back to school. Yes, being religious … Continue reading

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Grabbing the Moment: The Importance of Mindfulness

  ‘All this talk of getting old It’s getting me down my love Like a cat in a bag, waiting to drown This time I’m comin’ down’ The Drugs Don’t Work – The Verve My brother Peter has Alzheimer’s, a … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolution: Don’t let Anxiety Drive your Behaviour

The hi-pitched scream brought Linda running. The unfamiliar bedroom and pitch blackness were both confusing. Somewhere in the dark, I could hear her shouting: “Are you ok? Are you OK?” Lying on the floor at the side of the bed, … Continue reading

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Unhappy at Work? Organise your P-exit!

On a recent expedition to a shopping centre in Boston, I met a guy selling power-brackets.  To be brutally honest, I was fascinated by his high level of confidence which was in inverse relationship to his physical presence (a Shane McGowan … Continue reading

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Your Personal Ambition: Stay Mentally Happy

As the plane flew in low, the scenery was reminiscent of the West of Ireland. Stone walls divided the fields into a patchwork of small lots, with cottages dotted across the hilly landscape. In the cold sunshine, Aberdeen looked beautiful. … Continue reading

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