The Psychology Behind Happiness

Ilze GroblerMindfulness Meditation, positive psychology

Clients often tell me in therapy: “I just want to be happy…” But is happiness really attainable? The term happiness captures an emotion in which one experience a range of positive responses often expressed as an outward feeling of elation. Philosophers, poets, religious writers, psychologists and the like have researched happiness throughout history. But is it really attainable? Taking a … Read More

Mental Health Workout

Christina ReynoldsMental Health Week, positive psychology, Uncategorized

There are lots of ways in which we can look after our mental health. In some ways good mental health is like a jigsaw – if we put the pieces together correctly we end up with a nice picture. Over the course of Mental Health Week the Zest Infusion team will look into some important pieces of this jigsaw that … Read More

Letting go of negative self-stories

Christina ReynoldsAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and ACT for Beginners Group, Mindfulness Meditation, positive psychology

Do you sometimes find yourself stuck when you want to make changes in your life? Do you find that you talk yourself out of trying new things? Maybe you are stuck in a negative belief about your self or a negative-self story. Most of the time when I meet new clients for the first session and we discuss their expectations … Read More

Mindfulness and Perseverance

Christina ReynoldsMindfulness Meditation, positive psychology

  The start of a New Year usually brings with it reflections of the past year and plans and goals for the year ahead. Somehow, starting a New Year seems to inspire us to start thriving again for better health, more success at work, or some other goal or value. However, it seems that whilst it might be easy to … Read More


Christina Reynoldspositive psychology, Uncategorized

To keep in line with our previous blog entries for this month which were all about well-being and how psychology can contribute to well-being I’d like to focus in our last blog for this year on the practice of gratitude. Positive psychology research has shown that practicing gratitude can help to reduce stress, increases well being and life satisfaction and … Read More

There is more to psychology than ‘just feeling a bit better’

Christina ReynoldsAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Meditation, positive psychology, Self-Compassion, special events

People often associate psychology and psychological treatment with mental health issues, someone feeling unwell, “crazy people” and in particular with problems like depression and anxiety. However, this is not all there is to psychology. Yes, as psychologists we do want to help relief our clients suffering as best as we can, but most psychologists and specifically we at Zest Infusion, … Read More