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…

How to build your positivity muscle

It’s funny, often when I’m talking to clients I come up with random analogies that really work and give them a key message in an easy and interesting way. I was working with a client the other day and explaining that positivity isn’t simply something we were born with (we do inherit a generic steersman)…

What I’ve learnt in 2013

“Having good friends is much more important than having good things!” Here’s what ive learnt in 2013.pdf. (Click to check it out!) It’s been a pretty amazing year! Laura is almost 3 and Dylan is almost 18 months. Life seems to be getting easier and we’ve found a lovely rhythm as a little family. This year I’ve…

The problem with perfectionism

Perfectionists aren’t so perfect after all! It’s been over 7 years now that I’ve been coaching and time and time again I have clients with, let’s be kind, and call them ‘perfectionist tendencies’. What I’ve noticed is that these clients are high achievers; they set big goals for themselves and hold themselves to the highest…

Mindfulness at the Dentist

Argh, another trip to the dentist! Sitting in the chair. I thought, “This is a great opportunity to practice mindfulness”. So as the dentist was drilling away I was noticing my breathing and my body. Mindfulness really is about being aware of the present moment.  As the dentist was digging into my mouth I wanted…