Last updated on 31st January 2011
"If you want others to be happy, practise compassion. If you want to be happy, practise compassion" Dalai Lama
Yesterday, Catero and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary with a ceilidh. This is Auld Lang Syne at the end of the party. I'm the loudmouth (on one glass of wine), with dear Catero on my left (to the right in the picture). Laura, precious stepdaughter, is three places to my left and Kieran, precious son, only half shown four places to my right. Celebration and gratitude ... and very relevant to this month's blog post themes of relationships and social networks.
"No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main." John Donne
I blogged yesterday about the second full day of this "5th European conference on positive psychology". So how was the last morning of the conference? In order to catch my flight I only went in for the final two plenary presentations and then left at the coffee break - a pity, but I already have plenty new to chew over from this conference and I don't think I was missing anything too crucial - for the kind of work - I do by coming away a little early.
In yesterday's post "Targeting behavioural activation better both for decreasing depression and increasing wellbeing (first post)", I suggested that there are at least three (and probably many more) interesting ways that could make behavioural activation (BA) both more targeted and potentially more effective. I wrote about aiming BA particularly to "problem solve" triggering factors (especially interpersonal ones) that seemed to have contributed to deterioration in a subject's psychological state. I also mentioned the recent Mazzuchelli et al paper "Behavioral activation interventions for well-being: a meta-analysis" showing how helpful BA can also be at building wellbeing as well as treating depression.
There are a series of meta-analyses showing that "behavioural activation" (BA) is a good treatment for depression and that it is as effective as best-established approaches like full cognitive behavioural therapy - see, for example, last year's paper by Trevor and colleagues "Behavioral activation treatments for depression in adults: a meta-analysis and review". BA involves encouraging increased engagement in enjoyable activities. Subjects may be asked to keep a record of their daily activities and associated feelings - for example, feelings of achievement and enjoyment. The downloadable charts and handouts further down this website's "Problem solving and behavioural activation" page illustrate this well-known approach.