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Emotion coaching for adults?

Edited by Jill Wright,

I'd scarcely had time to digest the excellent advice Sharae Coughlan provided in her post (below) on parents becoming "emotion coaches" for children, before an article in the Harvard Business Review popped into my email Inbox which shows just how important attitudes to emotional setbacks can be in adult life too.

That article reflects on work by social psychologist...

Seven things you can do to help children become more mindful

Edited by Jill Wright,

 Mindfulness essentially is paying attention to one's life, here and now, with kindness and curiosity. 

The practice of mindfulness can teach children how to pay attention and increase awareness of their bodies, minds, emotions and what is happening around them.

This increasing awareness is important because it allows children a greater choice and control over how they respond to...

Self-control as a psychological science

Edited by Jill Wright,

You've probably never thought of will power as a muscle, but according to psychologists researching the science of self-control, it is a highly appropriate analogy: like muscles, will power can be exhausted by over-use, but exercising it frequently can make it stronger and more resilient.

We came across a fascinating study of the psychology of will power - or...