Moods, Feelings & Emotions

We are emotional beings. If you didn’t have feelings, you would find it exceptionally difficult to solve problems. But feelings aren't thoughts!

Videos

Dalai Lama’s Guide to Happiness

The Dalai Lama explains what happiness means to him and reflects on behaviours, values and morals that influence it, dissenting the importance of Western materialism.

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The Surprising Science of Happiness

Social psychologist and author Dan Gilbert challenges the idea that specific life events determine our wellbeing, and proposes that true happiness does not depend on external factors, but that it comes from within.

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What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

Psychiatrist Robert Waldinger shares his fascinating findings on what makes a good life and – based on his 75-year old study of adult development – offers unique insights into what keeps us happy and healthy.

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The Mindfulness Channel

YouTube channel of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

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Random Acts of Kindness Triathlon

This amusing video shows how being kind to other people can increase not only their but also our own happiness.

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Happiness is Contagious (1)

Sometimes it’s you who needs to lead the first wave. If you are a leader, you set the emotional tone

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Happiness is Contagious (2)

An important part of resilience is the ability to laugh at yourself (some bad language here)

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Leaves on a Stream Exercise

Using Mindfulness to reduce stress.

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The Power of Forgiveness

What do ‘reduced stress, better heart health, lowered anxiety and pain perception and higher overall happiness’ have in common? They are all correlated to your ability to ask for forgiveness – this engaging video explains why.

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Getting Your Environment right

A useful reminder that all of the issue and problems that we experience are not entirely of our own making and sometimes we need to change the environment.

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Two brains?

You may have heard that the idea that left brain and right brain is a bit of a simplification but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater as there is some some truth in the lateralisation of brain function.  This wonderful, animated film tells you more ….

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The Growth Mindset

Stanford University’s Professor Dr. Carol S. Dweck talks about how phrases like “You are so talented” might shape us more than we think (and not just positively!). Based on her fascinating research into different self-conceptions she explains how our mindsets can govern our lives at home, at school and in our career.

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The Habits of Happiness

Matthieu Ricard, who is both biochemist and Buddhist, combines his extensive knowledge of science and religion in this inspiring TED talk, arguing that we can all train our minds in the habits of happiness.

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Introducing Mindfulness

The nine attitudes that help you get in the right place to explore mindfulness featuring Jon Kabat-Zin

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Three Minute Mindfulness

A 3 minute mindfulness exercise by Professor Mark Williams.

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We are emotional beings – the power of words

A moving little film that shows both how words can have such an emotional impact and how re-framing anything can completely alter the meaning you make of it.

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The Happy Secret to Better Work

Happiness might be the key to productivity. In this very funny TED talk psychologist Shawn Achor explains why.

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Change Your Thoughts About Stress

A good TED talk by an American Psychologist concerning the impact of how we relate to our thoughts on our stress and pressure levels.

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Why Happy People Do It Better!

Does success lead to happiness? A light-hearted video explaining that actually the opposite may be true – happiness can lead to success.

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Fake it until …. you become it

An excellent TED talk from Amy Cuddy about how our minds govern our bodies AND how our bodies govern our minds.  Simple techniques for feeling more powerful and coming across with more authority.

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How to develop a ‘Growth Mindset’ and embrace failure

In this delightful video Carol Dweck explains why it is so important to have a so-called ‘Growth Mindset’ and how to develop one (hint: embracing failure is a good first step).

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Books

Ultimate Confidence: The Secrets to Feeling Great About Yourself Every DayM

Marisa Peer

Marisa Peer’s tried and tested programme is an effortless way to maximise your potential and overhaul your whole outlook on life for the better. Her powerful hypnotic language and effective techniques mean that just reading the book enables you to change negative thought patterns and break harmful habits that have been holding you back without you knowing it.

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The Psychology of Fear in Organanisations

Sheila Keegan

This book shows how fear manifests itself in large organisations, how it impacts on the workforce and how by reducing our willingness to take risks and to innovate, it can inhibit economic growth and innovation, at both an individual and corporate level. The book contains several quotes from Chris Welford.

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Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders

Aaron T. Beck

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Visual CBT

Avy Joseph & Maggie Chapman

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There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery

Portia Nelson

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A New Earth

Eckhart Tolle

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The Happiness Trap

Russ Harris

Popular ideas about happiness are misleading, inaccurate, and are directly contributing to our current epidemic of stress, anxiety and depresssion. And unfortunately, popular psychological approaches are making it even worse. In this controversial, but empowering self-help book, Dr Russ Harries, reveals how millions of people are unwittingly caught in the ‘The Happiness Trap’, where the more they strive for happiness the more they suffer in the long term

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The Power of Now

Eckhart Tolle

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The Mindful Manifesto – How doing less and noticing more can help us thrive in a stressed-out world

Dr Jonty Heaversedge& Ed Halliwell

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How to Deal with Difficult People

Gill Hasson

Whether it’s a manager who keeps moving the goal posts, an uncooperative colleague, negative friend, or critical family member, some people are just plain hard to get along with.

Often, your immediate response is to shrink or sulk, become defensive or attack. But there are smarter moves to make when dealing with difficult people. This book explains how to cope with a range of situations with difficult people and to focus on what you can change.

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Essentials of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Sonja V. Batten

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Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill

Matthieu Ricard

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An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Chris Hadfield

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ in space. The secret to Chris Hadfield’s success – and survival – is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst – and enjoy every moment of it.

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The EQ Edge, Third Edition: Emotional Intelligence and Your Success

Steven J. Stein

Authors Steven J. Stein and Howard E. Book show you how the dynamic of emotional intelligence works. By understanding EQ, you can build more meaningful relationships, boost your confidence and optimism, and respond to challenges with enthusiasm–all of which are essential ingredients of success.

The EQ Edge offers fascinating–and sometimes surprising–insights into what it takes to be a top law–enforcement officer, lawyer, school principal, student, doctor, dentist or CEO. You will learn what the top EQ factors are across many different kinds of jobs, from business managers and customer service representatives to HR professionals and public servants.

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Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think

Aaron T Beck

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Happiness – Lessons from a New Science

Richard Layard

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The Chimp Paradox

The Chimp Paradox

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Kids and Co.

Ros Jay

This author tried applying business principles to childcare in an amusing and thoughtful way.  The result is something that just might boost your resilience.

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How to Develop Emotional Health – School of Life series

Oliver James

Outlining the five elements of good emotional health – insightfulness, a strong sense of self, fluid relationships, authenticity and playfulness in our approach to life – James offers strategies for optimising each characteristic to live more fulfilling lives. Helping us to understand the impact our emotional baggage has on our daily interactions, he reveals how to overcome unhelpful patterns and become more self-aware – revitalising our approach to life.

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The Art of Meditation

Matthieu Ricard

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Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life

Paul Dolan

As a Professor of Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics, Dolan conducts original research into the measurement of happiness and its causes and consequences, including the effects of our behaviour. Here he creates a new outlook on the pursuit of happiness – it’s not just how you feel, it’s how you act

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The Feeling Good Handbook

David D Burns

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Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world

Prof Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman

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Thriving on Pressure

Graham Jones

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Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes

William Bridges

It’s really important that you understand that the process of personal change has some distinct tasks and steps.  This book describes them very clearly.

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Act Made Simple

Russ Harris

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Self Compassion

Kristin Neff

Self Compassion offers a powerful solution for combating the current malaise of depression, anxiety and self criticism that comes with living in a pressured and competitive culture.

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Affluenza

Oliver James

An interesting spin from Oliver James:  just what is it that makes otherwise successful people so unhappy?  Is there a malevolent side to having a lot of personal drive?  When is enough, enough?

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An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Skills and Applications

David Westbrook & Helen Kennerley

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Resilience

Liggy Webb

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Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ

Daniel Goleman

In some ways this was the book that kicked off the whole EI debate: the groundbreaking bestseller that redefined intelligence and success. Does IQ define our destiny? Daniel Goleman argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, and that our emotions play major role in thought, decision making and individual success. Self-awareness, impulse control, persistence, motivation, empathy and social deftness are all qualities that mark people who excel: whose relationships flourish, who are stars in the workplace. With new insights into the brain architecture underlying emotion and rationality, Goleman shows precisely how emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthened in all of us.

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Overcoming Low Self-Esteem: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

Dr Melanie Fennell

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The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level

Gay Hendricks

In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks, the New York Times bestselling author of Five Wishes, demonstrates how to eliminate the barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs. Fans of Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and The Secret will find useful, effective tips for breaking down the walls to a better life in The Big Leap.

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