Let’s Perform Some Random Acts of Kindness!
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Post No.: 0546   Furrywisepuppy says:   For most people, kindness feels intrinsically rewarding because kindness is evolutionarily necessary in order to help raise children. It’s a key part of reciprocal altruism, as well as sexual selection i.e. kindness is … Read More

Purpose and Meaning, from Youth, Mid-Life to Retirement
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Post No.: 0514   Furrywisepuppy says:   People are motivated by many different things, not just money or material goods. Even if we look at money – its effects on motivation isn’t as straightforward as we may think. People don’t … Read More

Do Something Productive to Pick Yourself Up Again
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Post No.: 0489   Furrywisepuppy says:   Always try to look on the bright side of life! If you ever get knocked down or rejected – get back up again. If something or someone isn’t right for you, it doesn’t … Read More

Self-Compassion, Self-Care and Self-Kindness
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Post No.: 0483   Furrywisepuppy says:   We’re sometimes guilty of self-defeating or self-sabotaging thoughts like ‘why does this always happen to me?’ or ‘why do I keep on doing that?’ We instead need to practise self-compassion to curb these … Read More

Feeling Fortunate, Hopeful and Optimistic!
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Post No.: 0464   Furrywisepuppy says:   I’ve pondered many times about the inescapable role that luck plays in our lives but sometimes – such as here, or when acknowledging our own inevitable mortality, for instance – dwelling on the … Read More

Maximising our Well-Being and Life Satisfaction
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Post No.: 0453   Furrywisepuppy says:   Emotions could be said to be what we experience when we’re not thinking about what we’re experiencing but just experiencing whatever we’re experiencing; whilst feelings could be said to be what we feel … Read More

Breaking Out of Worry
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Post No.: 0446   Furrywisepuppy says:   Sometimes, a few truisms and motivational quotes – even if they’re clichés or rationalisations – genuinely work to pick us up when we’re consumed with worry or feeling down. So here are some … Read More

Our Personal Life Narratives
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Post No.: 0440   Furrywisepuppy says:   Our personal life narratives encapsulate our identities and purposes, our dreams and goals, our life experiences and paths, and our meanings and values. All of these things shape our personalities, behaviours and of … Read More

There are Many Other Types of Meditation Too
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Post No.: 0420   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Furrywisepuppy took a look at mindful breathing meditation, body scan meditation and loving-kindness meditation in Post No.: 0180. But there are many other meditation techniques you can also try if those don’t work … Read More

Avoiding Exhaustion and Burnout
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Post No.: 0413   Furrywisepuppy says:   Stress is a physiological and psychological response to a real or perceived threat. But not all stress is bad – short-lived, short-term acute stress is a sign of motivation and physiological preparedness, and … Read More

Comfort and Perceived Hardship
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Post No.: 0402   Furrywisepuppy says:   Near the end of Post No.: 0394, I briefly remarked that overly comfortable lifestyles can perhaps breed weaknesses in us because we’ll get used to a high level of comfort and this may … Read More

Attending to Factors Other than Our Income
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Post No.: 0394   Furrywisepuppy says:   Once we have enough money to afford the basics, for safety and reasonable security – how we can raise our levels of happiness any further will primarily depend on factors other than our … Read More

Too Much Stress Makes a Giant Mess
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Post No.: 0386   Fluffystealthkitten says:   A little bit of stress is beneficial for optimum performance but too much at once, or any amount for too long, will have a drastic negative effect, not just on one’s performance but … Read More

Your Best Possible Self and Expressive Writing
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Post No.: 0371   Furrywisepuppy says:   Your best possible self is a happiness exercise that allows you to imagine your best possible self in, say, 5 or 10 years time in the future. This vision or plan gives us … Read More

Humans Evolved for Each Other
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Post No.: 0354   Furrywisepuppy says:   Humans are overall a very social and egalitarian species – with extensive friendships and sharing beyond immediate family members being a common norm. Humans pair-bond in lasting intimate relationships – people are overwhelmingly … Read More

Many Things To Be Grateful For
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Post No.: 0342   Furrywisepuppy says:   I think that gratitude needs a lot more mentions as a key ingredient for a happy and content life! So much about social life is about giving, receiving, repaying and reciprocation thus gratefulness … Read More

Eudaimonic Versus Hedonic Pleasure
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Post No.: 0314   Furrywisepuppy says:   Happiness is ironically not easily found when demanding and pursuing constant feelings of happiness and pleasure, or when expecting our needs and desires to be quickly met (e.g. via opioid drugs, gambling or … Read More

Prioritise Positive Activities Daily
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Post No.: 0300   Furrywisepuppy says:   Happiness is apparently ~50% biological (e.g. genetics, hormones), ~10% circumstances (e.g. one’s money, job, having a partner, having a baby – things that we can change but not so easily) and ~40% down … Read More

That Transcending Feeling of Awe
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Post No.: 0286   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Awe is that feeling of intense respect, amazement or transcendence we get when we’re in the presence of something so incredible and wonderful. It’s what we feel when we say, “Wow!” to what … Read More

Locus of Control, Choice and Commitment
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Post No.: 0276   Furrywisepuppy says:   People with a high internal locus of control tend to be able to cope with pressures better – they tend to see things as challenges, feel that they have control of their own … Read More

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