I have a goal for this year. 2016 will be the year of sharing; sharing tips, sharing information, sharing things I love, sharing knowledge, basically sharing anything and everything I can find that I think will be useful, helpful and interesting with a view to improving the happiness and well being of you, my lovely readers, and your families
Potential Psychology's email subscribers will be the recipients of a free tip sheet, tool, questionnaire or resource each month this year. We kicked this off in January.
Here on the blog I'm going to write about books, apps, web sites, social media accounts, podcasts and anything else that I think, hope, believe you will enjoy and find useful; that may shed a little light on how to live a more contented, more satisfying and easier life.
So I'm kicking off with my Top 3 happiness and well being web sites. These are the sites that I go to for top notch research and tools, for the latest news and views in positive psychology, happiness research and mental health. These are the web sites that I visit when I want to dive deep and know more, so I figured they might be of interest to you too.
Oh and they're all very practical. I don't have the time or attention for long, wordy, academic articles either.
1. Action For Happiness. The tag line for these guys is 'Let's take action for a happier world' and that's exactly their focus - happiness across the world. The web site is the online presence for a wider organisation known, unsurprisingly, as Action for Happiness. It's a not for profit with origins in the UK but it's spreading its way around the world with groups, events and plenty of encouragement for us all to get involved in creating happier schools, workplaces and communities in our local area.
The site gives you research-based tips for creating a happier society, plenty of happiness facts and resources such as courses and book recommendations, and some of my favourite happiness and well being infographics.
2. Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life. This site, run by the Greater Good Science Center based at the University of California, Berkely, is packed full of 'science-based practices for a meaningful life.'
Broader than just happiness, Greater Good offers new articles every day on families and relationships, work and career, education, mind and body and Big Ideas. The core themes are Gratitude, Altruism, Compassion, Empathy, Forgiveness, Happiness and Mindfulness - all behaviour that we know contributes to a more meaningful life.
Their top articles right now include:
What Happens to Kids When Parents Fight by Diana Divecha
What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Kinder by Jill Suttie.
They also run a free online course The Science of Happiness that may be of interest if you'd like to train up in this area.
3. Generation Next. Last but not least is an Australian site that I came across when I attended a Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People seminar in Sydney a few years ago. In their words, Generation Next is 'a social enterprise dedicated to protecting and enhancing the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People and their Community'. They publish a blog, run national seminars with amazing speakers (last year Rosie Batty spoke about domestic violence among a plethora of other experts presenting on obesity and eating disorders, sexual assault, young people and technology, just to name a few).
They've also just released a YouTube channel and it's all pitched at parents, teachers, health professionals and anyone else with an interest in the well being of young people.
You might like this video on Positive Psychology Strategies to Reduce Depression in Teens by Justin Coulson. I DID.
So that's it, my first list of resources for life improvement backed by science. I hope you find something useful in there. If you want to stay up to date with all of my resources for a happier and more satisfying life in 2016, you might like to join the Potential Psychology community here on Facebook, on Twitter or get on the list and I'll email you the latest from across the Interweb as well as links to all of my posts via email.