Positive Psychology

Protection from Disappointment?

I am becoming more aware of how to avoid disappointment… This involves carefully noticing how others behave in relation to invitations, offers of help and support… I have stopped expecting people to be as I am – if I say I’m going to do something I will (exceptions being drastic unforeseen circumstances). Instead I now

Successful Outcomes for 1-2-1 Clients

Having recently said a fond farewell to a number of my 1-2-1 clients I am reflecting on the process of new beginnings and inevitable endings. Yesterday I was having a conversation about psychotherapy and the co-dependent nature of client/therapist relationship, the client and therapist both benefit from the sessions, financially or emotionally or both. Traditional

What if?

What if the values you hold dear are usurped by your need to generate income, feed your family, your physical desires or are secondary to achieving status? How do we combat the dehumanisation of what we are exposed to through the media, the way we watch war, destruction and devastation of communities through natural disasters,

Surrounded by People – Yet Lonely?

When things go a different direction from the expected… The last few weeks have been eventful to say the least! I have been working in Krakow with some amazing people who provide care and support to women who have been trafficked and their families. What’s this got to do with a ‘Joyful Life’? I hear

What does religion/spirituality have to offer to modern urban life?

Many Londoners associate the religious or spiritual life with out-dated traditions of our grandparents and ancient steeples in the countryside—a relic of the past that is of not much relevance to busy city people in the 21st century. However, empirical research repeatedly chronicles benefits of religious activities on measures of physical and psychological health. In

Go Luck Yourself!

Dr Matthew Smith leads us on a journey through a range of psychological research that suggests that ‘luck’ may not be the uncontrollable beast it first appears! By rethinking what luck is, is it possible to tame it… and even learn to be lucky?     Dr Matthew Smith Matthew is a Senior Lecturer in

The Midas Touch

The city is full of opportunities to touch and we avoid it, stigma and moral panic create boundaries and barriers to platonic social touch. We are rammed up against each other on commuter trains, buses and tubes. Swerving out of the way as we launch ourselves through hoards of people on the high street, everything

Open Evening @ 8 Queens Parade 15th February 2013

We are delighted to announce on Friday the 15th February 6pm to 9pm Urban Woot pop-up is hosting an evening to showcase our fabulous collaborators Martine Rose, Rachel Castagne, Elinor Seath, Kelly Swallow, My Rosie Lee, Peter Ibruegger, Marina Belfon-Rose and Levi and Jazzy. You will be able to purchase and order items on the

VIGOUR – Let’s get physical!

Everyone knows that physical activity is important, how we get active, stay active, increase or reduce our physical activity impacts on our well-being. Find out the science behind how to feel vibrant, alive and increase your emotional and physical well-being. Dr Kate Hefferon Kate is a Chartered Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of