Wellbeing

Wellbeing
Wellbeing

Physical Health

Mind + Body Initiative
SANE Australia

SANE Australia’s Mind + Body Initiative have created fact sheets, videos and guidebooks on topics such as diet, exercise and smoking. These resources draw on the enormous and ever-growing body of research linking mental and physical health.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness and Judging
Judge Jeremy Fogel (2016)
Authored by Senior United States District Judge and Director of the Federal Judicial Centre, Jeremy Fogel, this short and readable paper briefly explains what is meant by ‘mindfulness’, and then discusses how mindfulness practice may be applied to improve both the experience and performance of many aspects of judicial work.  The paper finishes with Judge Fogel’s recommended reading and viewing on the topic.  

On being mindful
AUDIO, All in the Mind, Radio National (May 2015)

This short podcast summarises the latest science on mindfulness including how a regular mindfulness practice changes the brain, how it helps effectively treat depression, how much is needed and how often, and how long the benefits last. Mindfulness researchers from Massachusetts, Oxford and Melbourne share their latest findings, and also their concerns about the mindfulness ‘hype’.

Smartphone Apps

Smiling Mind (Free)
Australian: Modern meditation for adults

A unique web and app-based mindfulness program designed by a team of Australian psychologists with expertise in mindfulness and web-based wellness programs. With programs for different age groups (from middle childhood to adult), Smiling Mind provides accessible tools to help Australians gradually build and maintain mindfulness skills.

Mental Workout (Free lite / $12.99 full)
American: Programs on mindfulness, stress management and better sleep

Created by a team of experienced psychologists, the programs on this app are designed to bring benefits of evidence-based psychology to your mobile phone. It has been well received in the US, with endorsements from major newspapers, television stations and magazines. It is also frequently recommended by Australian psychologists as a support between therapy sessions.

Podcasts

Happy Lawyer, Happy Life

Produced by Brisbane-based Family Lawyer, Clarissa Rayward, ‘Happy Lawyer, Happy Life’ is a weekly podcast of interviews with senior members of the legal profession and others, canvassing personal journeys, insights and wisdom on cultivating wellbeing in the practice of law.

Reflection

Shawn Achor - The happy secret to better work
VIDEO, TED Talk

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity

Professor Martin Seligman – The new era of positive psychology
VIDEO, TED Talk

Professor Martin Seligman, founder of the world-wide positive psychology movement, explains the shift made by positive psychology from a focus on disease recovery to a focus on enhancing happiness and life satisfaction. He discusses the latest empirical research on the elements of happiness, and asks what modern psychology can help us become.

The Book of Life
Alain de Botton
Produced by UK philosopher Alain de Botton, this evolving web-book presents articles philosophising on the ordinary aspects of life and living well.

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