High Five #4 26/07/2019

Hi All!

Here is your weekly Friday High Five! And a list of what I’m enjoying or pondering.

What I’m reading — 

The life-saving power of mental health first aid in schools in The Independent. First published in 2018, it is still relevant today. The charity Young Minds may be able to assist if you need some help online or in the UK. They have some good resources. *Let me know if you have any further suggestions and I’ll add them to the post.* 

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Flourish + Thrive - Resilience

Resilience is one of my favourite things in positive psychology.

When you have resilience in your personal toolkit you have the ability to bounce back from adversity, to be able to deal with a major challenge in life and keep going, and to be able to continue living life. 

Definition: 

the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.

As with many things in positive psychology resilience is...

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My Teachers - The Builder

My definition of teachers also includes coaches, mentors, and pretty much anybody that provides me with an opportunity to learn. For example, in the past few months I have come to realise that our builder is a great teacher for me. Let’s call him James. He is a kind and patient man who knows how to handle, and respond to older people when they are being overly concerned about things I would consider to be small. I have seen him do this with a number of other older adults. I think he...

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It’s Too Darn Hot

At the time of writing the weather in London this week is going to be anything up to 37 degrees Celsius! For my American cousins that is almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit. And London is not set up for heat like this - I can handle Los Angeles heat but not London heat! Sadly, gone are the days when we had a good summer and a good winter, now the weather just seems to be a big blur except for the occasional blips of extreme weather...

So how does one cope in the London heat?  With no air...

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What's Service Got To Do With It?

Service is a really interesting word, particularly when it comes to personal and professional growth.  I think that service, being of service, and serving somebody are concepts that some people seem to have forgotten in many walks of life. 

Think about the last time you went to a cafe or restaurant, or even the last time you went to buy food, did you think about that experience in terms of service, and the service you were being provided? Or did you focus your energy on the lack of...

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PSA - Summer Self Care

According to the Pew Research Center, mums in 2016 spent an average of 14 hours a week on childcare, up from just 10 hours a week in 1965. And it’s even more in the summer - maybe up to 12 hours a day

Studies have shown that women who exercise regularly, eat right, get enough sleep, and find satisfaction in their work and personal lives experience less depression, anxiety, and chronic illnesses, such as heart disease.

6 Facts about Mums in USA (I couldn’t find similar stats...

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Q&A July 20, 2019. Shaping Marriage to be Easier.

This post is the Q&A for July 20, 2019. If you have any questions to send please email me at [email protected] and we will do our best to respond. Sometimes we will take a few questions and put them together into one so you might not see your exact question here but you will get the idea of questions. 

Question - How to approach a partner to ask for his help to shape marriage life to be 'easier'. I find mine quite difficult sometimes. I feel like having children limits my...

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