3 Life lessons from the park

We were at the park the other day and Laura, being a fairly typical 3 year old, decided that she wanted to go on the baby swing. The problem being that if Laura goes on the baby swing Dylan can’t ride on it, so he starts crying and throwing a tantrum. However, if Laura goes…

Three points on Equanimity

Sometimes being a Mum is hard! By hard, I mean relentless, exhausting and thankless, and that’s on the good days before the teething, dirty nappies and tantrums. Equanimity is a state of mind that is balanced and calm regardless of the circumstances around you. I first discovered the term reading Buddhism for Mothers by Sarah…

Happiness and old age

Last week, when speaking at the Library Lovers Day (that’s Valentines Day to the rest of us) I was asked a really great question. A lady in the audience hesitantly put up her hand and said “Jodie, I don’t really know how to ask this, and I don’t want it to come out wrong…. but…

Getting out of my own head

For those of you that didn’t know, I actually only work three days a week. I’m lucky that Wednesdays and Thursdays I get to play with the kids, cruise parks, hang out at the beach and generally just have fun. Laura is now 2 and a half and Dylan in almost 16 months. Some days…

What is happiness?

It’s interesting, we talk about happiness all the time, but really, what is happiness? The positive psychology definition, which is probably the best place to start, describes Happiness as ‘Subjective wellbeing.’ To be honest, this term never really meant much to me until recently when I stopped to think about it. Subjective wellbeing means; how…

Self Esteem Or Self Acceptance

I’ve been a life coach now for over 7 years and in that time I’ve studied a lot on self esteem and confidence and have seen massive changes in clients who began with no self esteem and gradually throughout the coaching process have grown to like and love themselves, sometimes for the first time in…

Positivity ratio_ Jodie Cooper positive Psychology speaker

What’s your positivity ratio?

The positivity ratio is something I share will all my clients and audiences. In fact, it really underpins a lot of the work I do. The term Flourishing describes an individual that is developing rapidly and successfully, someone who is living with meaning, purpose, a sense of vitality and a high level of subjective well-being…

Ron: A life well lived!

Last Saturday night was a special event in our Family. Ron, my father in law turned 70 and to mark the occasion his Sister and daughter organised a big ‘hoe down’ with the Wongawilli bush band out at Wongawilli. (That’s the back of Dapto for those of you who don’t know.) There were over 100…

The way you smile

I walk every morning and have done so since we moved here 7 years ago. Today I wanted to share something I’ve noticed about the way people smile. Some people smile at everyone, even if they’ve never been to Warilla beach before, even if they don’t know anyone and even if they don’t look like…