Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
list an event      1 million Australian readers every month      facebook

Positive Psychology Course

Home > Brisbane > Courses
Published February 23rd 2011
Positive Psychology course
'Pessimists Anonymous' - 12 steps to happiness

If you are addicted to alcohol, work, drugs, sex, food, exercise or destructive relationships, there's probably a 12-step program you can do to get back on track.

If it's negativity you're hooked on, the Medical Register of Australia runs a different type of 12-step program - in the form of a fascinating one-day course called Positive Psychology: the Power of Optimism.

With a bit of help from Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle, classic Aussie movies The Castle and Kenny, and erudite lecturers, this fun and uplifting certificate course outlines 12 steps to positivity - in a nutshell, they are:

1.Express gratitude it might sound twee, but people who count their blessings are apparently happier than those who focus on what they feel is lacking in their lives

2.Cultivate optimism by keeping a journal or always trying to look at the bright side of things

3.Avoid overthinking / social comparison use strategies such as distraction to minimise how often you dwell on problems and compare yourself to others

4.Practise acts of kindness pretty self-explanatory, really

5.Nurture your relationships - choose a relationship that needs maintenance and invest time / energy in improving it

6.Develop coping strategies - practice ways to endure or surmount a stressful situation, hardship or trauma

7.Learn to forgive writing your feelings down can help you let go of anger and resentment towards someone who has hurt / wronged you

8.Do more activities that truly engage you - or increase your "flow" experiences (activities that are so absorbing or challenging you lose track of time, yourself etc)

9.Savour life's joys - pay close attention to, take delight in and replay moments of pleasure and wonder

10.Commit to your goals pick goals that have meaning for you, then devote time and effort to pursuing them

11.Practise religion / spirituality eg read and reflect on spiritually themed books

12.Look after yourself do something physical, meditate and laugh!

The next Positive Psychology certificate course is being held at Brisbane's Griffith University on Saturday 26 March and costs $399 (discount available for early enrolment). Enrolments close March 18. Details:
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  19
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? Uplifting, interesting, fun, something different
When: Saturday 26 March 2011
Where: Griffith University
Cost: $399 (early enrolment discount available)
No comments yet :(
More Brisbane articles
Articles from other cities
Foodi Photoh Classie
Top Events
Popular Articles