Category Archives: Positive Psychology

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

Posted in Positive Psychology | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Positive Psychology | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Positive Psychology | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Positive Psychology | 1 Comment

Dealing with Loss: Grief is part of the human condition

Some blogs are light and fluffy. Some are a bit more serious. Buckle in … Majorca Trip: Some years ago, I was on holidays and met a woman who was staying in the same hotel. She was interesting (smart and … Continue reading

Posted in Positive Psychology | Leave a comment

Mental Health At Work: The Role of the Manager

For many years it was seen as ‘fair game’ to joke about mental health. I’ve been as guilty as everyone else, perhaps more so. I loved telling the story of walking past the old Grangegorman Mental Hospital (now the campus … Continue reading

Posted in Positive Psychology | Leave a comment

Don’t Just Be Ordinary: Be Extra-Ordinary

We were playing a ‘1-night-special’ gig in Clontarf Yacht Club. The usual terms and conditions applied. A G&T, three pints of Heineken and an unsteady walk home. Out in the audience, beyond the spotlights, I could see the smiling face … Continue reading

Posted in Positive Psychology | 1 Comment