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Photo credits: Gabrielle Henderson

Author: Katya Santucci

This blog has been reviewed by Elizabeth Razzouk and Catherine Cimon-Paquet, edited by Rémi Thériault

In this Positive Psychology Concepts series, we will introduce you to different aspects of positive psychology and introduce you to different science-based practices that will help you increase your well-being.

A few months ago, I came across a small project I had completed for a psychology course in college. In this assignment, I had been writing down three things that I was grateful for each day, over the span of two weeks. After reading what past me had jotted down, I was reminded of how good it felt to be appreciative and how such a simple exercise could calm the mind and bring about inner peace. It got me thinking: Do we truly take the time to reflect on the ways in which we are blessed? Probably not. Oftentimes we hear about tragic stories and the hardships individuals in our community are faced with, and for a brief moment, we will remind ourselves that we should “never take anything for granted!” but this thought is often short-lived. In fact, many of us can agree that we do not wake up every morning or go to bed feeling thankful — and this was something that I personally wanted to work on. I started to actively list the things that I was grateful for on a daily basis. As a result, I noticed a positive shift in my everyday perspective. …


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Auteure : Catherine Cimon-Paquet

Ce billet de blogue a été révisé par Macilia Abou et Cecilia Marie Chaymâa Ezzahraoui, édité par Rémi Thériault.

Dans cette série Concepts de psychologie positive, nous vous ferons découvrir différents aspects de la psychologie positive et nous vous présenterons différentes pratiques basées sur la science, qui vous permettront d’augmenter votre bien-être.

La psychologie positive est un domaine d’étude scientifique qui porte sur les forces des individus et des communautés ainsi que sur leur fonctionnement optimal. Depuis les vingt dernières années, cette discipline prend beaucoup d’ampleur. …


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Photo credit: Naassom Azevedo

Author: Elijah Nimijean

This blog has been reviewed by Béa Schueller and Claire Gaudreau, edited by Rémi Thériault

To say that the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating would be an understatement. Physically, psychologically, economically, and socially, we are all suffering the consequences of mandated isolation. Some of us are stricken with a boredom that even the most interesting show on Netflix cannot address; others find themselves paradoxically fearing yet yearning for the opportunity to step foot outside. …


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Claire Gaudreau, Psychology student at Concordia University and yoga instructor

Author: Claire Gaudreau. This blog has been reviewed by Elizabeth Razzouk and Elijah Nimijean, edited by Rémi Thériault

You have probably experienced some hardships in your life, most of us have. Life has its ups and downs, so how can we cope? Resilience is how we bounce back from these challenges; it is how we show up when facing adversity. Does it take a while to recover from hardships? Sometimes life throws things our way that feel impossible to manage. We may feel completely crushed, but somehow, we eventually manage to pick ourselves up and keep going. Adversity is not something we can avoid our entire lives. It helps us grow and develop into mature human beings. However, it can also lead to feeling stuck, anxious, or depressed. …


This blog has been reviewed by Katya Santucci and Elijah Nimijean, edited by Rémi Thériault

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Elizabeth Razzouk, McGill University psychology student

Elizabeth, tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Elizabeth Razzouk, and I am a recent high school graduate from Bayview Secondary School, located in Richmond Hill, Ontario. I’m 17 years old and I will be entering McGill University in Montreal, Quebec this fall to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English Literature. Throughout high school, I was exposed to many different subjects and pathways that I could choose to embark on post-graduation, but the field of psychology has always appealed to me. I grew up fascinated with history, particularly the Tudor reign. I used to read fictional portrayals of the diaries that historians imagined Queen Elizabeth I would write during her childhood and teenage years. What I remember being most interested in was empathizing with her feelings, and the struggles she went through. …


This blog has been reviewed by Elizabeth Razzouk and Claire Gaudreau, edited by Rémi Thériault

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Béa Schueller, McGill University psychology student

Béa, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m in my 3rd year of undergrad at McGill University with a major concentration in psychology and minor concentrations in sociology and behavioural science. I grew up in Arlington, MA, US and took a psychology course in high school, which sparked my interest in studying psychology further. I initially planned to study International Development in university, but when I started U1 (as a second year), I realized that I wanted more than a minor in psychology.

I’ve been a babysitter/nanny for over 5 years and I’d love to work with children in the future in a research capacity or through social work; this is why I’m so interested in positive psychology. Children are particularly vulnerable in the world and building a space that encourages them to take care of themselves and others is important to me. I think understanding how to improve people’s well-being is an incredibly valuable tool and actually using that tool will make the world a better place. I’ve experienced my own struggles in life, so learning strategies to work through hardships is crucial. …


This blog has been reviewed by Béa Schueller and Elijah Nimijean, edited by Rémi Thériault

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Katya Santucci, Research Assistant

Katya, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi there :) — My name is Katya, and I am a recent psychology graduate. I obtained my BA with a major in honours psychology and a minor in sociology at McGill University. Currently, I am working as a research assistant and as a crisis responder for Kids Help Phone. During my undergraduate degree, I was introduced to the enriching content and fascinating research that was being conducted, which inspired me to further pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology. I have always been passionate about mental health, interpersonal relationships and well-being. …


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Rémi Thériault, PhD Student

This blog has been reviewed by Katya Santucci & Elizabeth Razzouk

Rémi, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi, I’m Rémi and I’m a unicorn… just kidding! I am someone who likes to be spontaneous, to make jokes, and to make people laugh! I’m also passionate about martial arts, breakdance, and parkour! Perhaps I could have been a comedian or acrobat… that is, if I hadn’t chosen to study psychology!

Indeed, I am actually a PhD student in social psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and I completed both my B.A. in Psychology and M.Sc. in Psychiatry at McGill University (always in Montréal, Québec). …

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