Dealing with negative thoughts

I’ve been reading a lot about ACT lately, Acceptance and committment Therapy. I just wanted to share some nuggets of wisdom from Russ Harris. He talks about what to do with unhelpful thoughts and lists a bunch of questions that can support you in making postive decisions about where to focus your attention and how…

Success or Significance; You decide!

I was at an event a few weeks ago and heard a speaker talk on the difference between success and significance. It made such sense that I’d like to share it with you. He described success as being a personal achievement. You have reached your goals, achieved a certain level of wealth, status, lifestyle, material…

You are good enough

What is ACT?

Acceptance and commitment Therapy is a new approach to assisting clients to move forward. It’s based in mindfulness and focuses on taking values based action to move forward.  The aim of ACT is to create a rich, full and meaningful life while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it. There are 6 core aspects…

It’s OK to judge

Sometimes I judge people wearing high heals (or stupid looking spikes), and sometimes I judge people with bare feet. Sometimes I judge people who give their kids junk food and sometimes I judge people who refuse thier kids any sweets. I was thinking this morning on how and when we judge and the way it’s…

Why are we so depressed?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about our societies unhealthy levels of depression, and I keep coming back to ‘why are we so depressed? The Black Dog Institute states that one in 5 Australians (aged 16 – 85) experience mental illness in any year. That’s a whopping 20% of our adult population that’s got mental…

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Happiness in balance

Today I’ve been thinking about Balance! I have a post it note on my computer screen that says “Be the mother to yourself that you are to your children.” It’s a reminder for me to take time out for myself to enjoy things for me. Before we had kids, life was abundant with fun activities,…

We need to simplify

It’s interesting how after a big clean out you feel so refreshed and on top of things. Dylan turned 1 on Saturday and before his party we had a big clean out and tidy of all the things we wont be using again. (That’s right, we’re definitely only a 2 kid family!) Yet somehow we…

Happiness is like a heart beat

Martin Seligman has done some wonderful research on happiness. He found the only common factor in ‘very happy people’ was the presence of quality relationships. A common misconception about happiness is that it’s ‘found, achieved, or attained’ when in reality, happiness is more like a heart beat, it’s always with you, it’s just much of…