Fighting back to be better
People with good emotional well-being enjoy their everyday activities, rise above the challenges they may experience throughout the day and feel purposeful and content.
How can I improve my well-being?
Dr Laurie Santos, Yale Professor of Psychology, answers this question in her video 5 Tips for Well-being. Te video shares an overview of well-being, including 5 simple strategies to help you cope with everyday life.
Coping with difficult emotions.
For more information on the RAIN technique for coping with difficult emotions click here
Books and other resources on well-being
Maximum Willpower by Kelly McGonigal: “The ability to control your attention, motions, appetites and behaviour influences your physical health, financial security, relationships and professional success. We all know this, but why is it so hard to control and why, sometimes, do we have so little of it?”
The Stoic Challenge by William Irvine: This books teaches us the best ways to react to the challenges we face every day. William Irvine expands how wisdom from centuries ago, from the likes of Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus, can help us deal with the tumultuous today. We are taught not only how to overcome life’s obstacles, but how to learn from them too.
The Resilience Project by Hugh van Cuylenburg: This project has delivered outstanding programs to schools, clubs and businesses. The Resilience Project shares positive mental health strategies, focusing on how to build resilience and increase happiness. Search The Resilience Project into your field engine to find out more about what the project involves and how it can benefit you.
The Mindful Day by Laurie Cameron: This book contains 50 short chapters, rich with exercises that “don’t just tell us why we need mindfulness, but shows us how to achieve it.”
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: A book on living creatively without fear, it is a must-read for anyone who wishes to live proudly, participating in the world as their best self.
Indistractable by Nir Eyal: This book is “the guide to making decisions and seeing them through.” Nir Eyal shares how you can take charge of your life by controlling your attention and actions.
Atomic Habits by James Clear: Atomic Habits is about breaking and changing your habits, so you can improve by 1% every day.
The Science of Well-being
The Science of Well-being is a course instructed by Dr Laurie Santos. She will help you gain skills in gratitude, happiness and meditation. During your journey you will engage in multiple challenges, all designed to improve your well-being by increasing your happiness and developing positive habits. If you want to enroll in this course, click here for more.