TED talks and inspiration

The 2018 Ultimate List of Happiness and Mental Health Apps

The 2018 Ultimate List of Happiness and Mental Health Apps

There are thousands of apps to choose from in the well being space but not every app is created equal.

This list includes apps that have been developed either by or in consultation with psychologists and other mental health professionals. They are all based on research that is available in peer-reviewed publications.

We can be confident that they do what they say they do and that they will help, not harm.

3 Funny Psychology TED Talks That Can Transform Your Life

3 Funny Psychology TED Talks That Can Transform Your Life

I frequently employ the expertise of global experts to illustrate a point or two in my presentations via their TED Talks. The 'storytelling's style is fun and engaging and there's nothing like humour to open hearts and minds to new ideas.

Here are three of my favourite positive psychology TED Talks that combine humour with serious scientific ideas; ideas that can transform your life!

My Top Ten Blog posts for 2014

I started Potential Psychology Blog in August of 2014 so, being only four months old it's a little cheeky to do a 'Year in Review' but I was curious about which of the things I've written so far most captured your attention.  And this is the Top Ten...

10. Our move to the country came in at number ten.

9. You were interested in reading a bit about me and my award.

8.  It's all about parents obviously got the parents interested and Jennifer Senior's TED talk is ace.

7.  Sending your hopes and dreams out into the universe was a popular theme with a lot of people.

6.  Friends and how 20 is not the new 30.  TED talks were winners.  This one was Meg Jay talking about taking hold of life in your 20s.  

5.  Some Monday inspiration and a Clever Woman Doing Clever Stuff .  You seem to like reading about clever people doing clever things as much as I do.

4. Last week's post on the Sydney siege, moving house and moving on seemed to resonate and I had some beautiful comments on this one.  Thank you. 

3. The lovely Dayarne's post on anxiety and Post Natal Depression.  I read this over and over and it's still one of my favourites. 

2. Kids, guilt and screen time.  Looks like I'm not alone in my mother's guilt.

1. Mental Health: Their words was my most read post for 2014 and I'm thrilled as I was sharing the thoughts and experience of others and it's a message so worth sharing.

So thank you all for visiting, reading and sharing.   I'd love to hear what you most enjoyed from the blog this year and I'd love it even more if you told me what you'd like to see next year!  

There's one more Christmas post to come tomorrow and then I'm off on holidays for a little while but keep checking back during January for a little summer series on Getting To Know You.

Positive Life: Monday inspiration - A Clever Woman Doing Clever Stuff

I love hearing about women - and men - who decide that regardless of the risks or challenges, they are going to go out there and try something new.  Start a business.  Build a community project.  Move the family to a foreign land.  Be adventurous.  Follow their dreams.  

A little bit of their enthusiasm and daring rubs off on me.  I feel their passion.  I am excited by their excitement and I want them to succeed.  Hey, I'm an optimist!.  

Recently my enthusiasm for start-up watching has led me to the crowdfunding sites that have popped up on the Interweb.  Some  people lose hours on Pinterest.  I disappear down GoFundMe, Kickstarter and my favourite, Pozible, holes.  So many people with so many great ideas (ok and some kooky ones too) and they're out there not just giving it a go, but asking for your help to make their dream reality.  They are do-ers and I love do-ers so I've sent some cash here and there to help out.

Last week, while doobing about in online land I came across Kasia Gospos who is a go-getter. In 2011 - only three years ago - she started a blog that has grown like wildfire to become the online community and magazine, Leaders in Heels, which now has over 20,000 community members, over 30 regular contributors and is staffed by a team of seven.  

Kasia started Leaders in Heels after arriving in Australia and, in an effort to understand the variety of cultures and how women operated in the corporate world (she was working in the Mining Industry as a Management Accountant) she set about interviewing senior women to connect with them, develop her leadership skills and then share the experiences with other women. Now there's a go-getter! 

Kasia and Leaders In Heels are now launching a new project - a crowdfunding campaign to produce some super cool inspirational notebooks, specifically designed to spread the 'You Can Do It' love to other women. More than just a notebook, they're really a self-development tool infused with quotes, thoughts and assignments to get you thinking about how you can make your mark too.

These are not just for the corporate woman either - or those who wear heels (count me out).  This stuff is designed for women who are and aspire to be leaders in any and every field.

You can learn all about it here on the StartSomeGood web site and for the crowdfunding period only (finishes on 9 November so not long to go) you can buy one of these cool notebooks for AU$27 with free postage and get the Leaders in Heels Manifesto card included.   

Right, I'm feeling inspired!  Off to get my notebook and make my mark (after I've had a coffee).

P.S. No sponsorship going on here.  I just like supporting cool people doing cool stuff. x

Positive Life: Did 'Friends' have it all wrong?

life in your 20s

I've long been interested in the way we change and learn and grow as grown ups.  Children's development is discussed ad nauseum. There are hundreds, if not thousands of books, articles, web sites, blogs, TV shows and even films that depict the changes and challenges of childhood.  

But we don't stop learning and growing when we reach eighteen.  We don't finish school, get a drivers licence and start drinking at the pub (legally) and then never learn or change or grow or develop at any point from then on.  There's a whole lot of change still to come.  Life provides an ongoing opportunity to grow and flourish, right until the very end.  

Your 20s is a big period for growth.  In the 90s and early Noughties, Friends (a TV show if you're currently under 20 or over 60 and never tune into 111 Hits on Foxtel) depicted 20-something life. There was a lot of hanging around in coffee shops, hanging around with each, living with each other, dating each other, eventually even marrying each other.  Careers were a background activity for some and non-existent for others.  There wasn't much travel and there was a lot of talk - and a lot of laughs.

Friends gave us the impression that your 20s is a throwaway period when you can pretty much hang around with your mates and not do much else.  And many of us have done that - to different degrees.

But your 20s is actually a huge time for growth and for getting yourself on track for the future, or so says Meg Jay, the clinical psychologist whose TED talk I've got for you today.  She reckons that we should being using our 20s to get going - and growing - so that we are better set up for the rest of our lives, and I reckon she's on to something.

Many years ago I wrote a book called, 'Turning 30: How to get the life you really want' with a friend and fellow psychologist, Sheila Panchal.  It was born out of our experience of friends and family, and us too, getting towards the end of our 20s and thinking, 'Faaarkk, what happens now?  I think I'm supposed to have got it all together; have a career, have a steady partner, have money, be thinking about kids, but I'm nowhere near that point.'

We were enjoying being one of the first generations to break away from the traditional expectations of marriage, home ownership, family and career building (in the Western world at least) in your 20s.  We saw it as the time to explore, experiment, inquire and adventure.  We travelled, tried different avenues of study, lived with different people, dabbled in this and that and things that maybe we shouldn't have.  But we still felt the same pressure to have 'got it all together' by 30 and that led to varying degrees of uncertainty, angst and crisis.

Meg Jay has some great ideas for how you can combine the two - use your 20s as a time of exploration and adventure and hanging with friends in coffee shops, but in a conscious mindful way that might better set up the 20-somethings of the future (my children in my case, my 20s were a looong time ago) so that they hopefully experience less angst and a more successful transition into real adulthood.

Take a look and tell me what you think? I'd love to hear your 20-something story!