Elaine Houston is a positive psychology researcher and writer with a B.Sc. with honors in Behavioral Science.
For many years Elaine Houston worked with young people and adults in her local community where she learned to recognize and value the benefits of collaboration and strong social connections.
By empowering people to take individual and collective action and encouraging personal development, Elaine worked to bring about change by providing a range of opportunities for people to build and maintain relationships and become more involved in collaborative community activities.
With her knowledge of the issues and challenges facing her local community, Elaine went on to help ESOL adults become more independent by improving their language skills to build confidence, reduce isolation, and develop relationships.
Elaine began researching and writing for PositivePsychology.com in 2018 and splits her time between her small independent business and her love of writing, research, and psychology.
Titles & Degrees
After growing up in Ireland, Elaine attended the University of Dundee, Scotland where she obtained a Bachelor of Science with honors in Behavioral Science.
In 2020 Elaine started with her MSc in Counselling at the University of Abertay, Dundee.
A Personal Message From Elaine
As someone with a true love of learning and a passion for research, it is my mission to provide readers with a deeper understanding of positive psychology through comprehensive and critical evaluation of science-based concepts in the field.
I see each article I write as an opportunity to make a positive impact to help others flourish.
21 Self-Determination Skills and Activities to Utilize Today
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10 Best TED Talks on VIA Character Strengths and Virtues
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The Importance of Positive Relationships in the Workplace
The workplace retains a central role in many people’s lives. With lots of people spending more time at work than on any other daily activity, [...]
12 Strength-Based Skills & Activities to Boost Your Practice
Strengths-based approaches deploy the inherent strengths of clients to aid recovery and cultivate a sense of empowerment in terms of their own lives and treatment [...]
What Is Video Therapy and How to Apply It
It is a regrettable truth that many clients face barriers to accessing effective therapeutic treatment. Individuals living in remote areas with limited or no transportation [...]
19 Top Positive Psychology Exercises for Clients or Students
Humans are hardwired to pay attention to negative experiences. We have a propensity to attend to, learn from, and use negative information far more than [...]
How to Successfully Teach Positive Psychology in Groups
The efficacy of psychological interventions to increase wellbeing is, in many ways, the heart of positive psychology. While positive psychology can be beneficial in a [...]
What is Hope in Psychology + 7 Exercises & Worksheets
While hope is an undoubtedly personal experience and one that can be challenging to define, the value and positive impact hope can have on human [...]
Using the Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire
Used to describe a person’s ability to manage and respond to emotional experiences, emotion regulation is a concept receiving ever-growing interest in mental health and [...]
38 Best Coaching Tools and Assessments To Apply With Clients
As with many practices carried out today, the origins of coaching as we know it has roots stretching back to ancient Greece. Providing some of [...]
CBT for Children: A Guide for Helping Kids in Therapy
Helping children become aware of the ways in which thoughts can influence emotions and behavior is one of the most valuable lessons we can bequeath. [...]
7 Interesting Science-Based Benefits of Psychotherapy
Historically mental illness has been ‘treated’ in a host of dangerous and sometimes horrifying ways. Around 7000 years ago trepanation was the treatment de jour [...]
Mindfulness Coaching Using The Mindfulness X Program
The essence is mindfulness is being aware of what the present moment offers. It may seem like a straight-forward, even simple, concept but tuning in [...]
The Self-Compassion Scale and Test (Incl. PDF)
Whether we like it or not, life is full of ups and downs. The human experience is often peppered with uncomfortable or unpleasant experiences and [...]
12 Best Compassion Training Exercises & Activities
In this article, you will learn about cultivating compassion through training and how compassion can be measured. We’ll also discuss some of the ways you [...]
What Is Mindful Coloring? (+39 Creative Mindfulness Ideas)
In the hustle and bustle of modern life it is more important than ever to find ways to become attuned to our inner state and [...]
Flow State: 11+ Activities to Enter a Flow State of Mind
With many things in life ostensibly out of our control, it is easy to consider our fate as being determined by external factors. However, consider [...]
Introvert vs Extrovert: A Look at the Spectrum & Psychology
The concept of extroversion isn’t new, under one heading or another, theories of extroversion/introversion have been apparent in psychological literature for over 100 years. Many [...]
How to Express Gratitude to Others: 19 Examples & Ideas
Think of a time you told someone how grateful you were for their help, support or even just for being in your life. How did [...]
What is Goal Setting and How to Do it Well
Do you ever feel like you’re sleepwalking through life with no real idea of what you want? Perhaps you know exactly what you want to [...]
What Are Attributional and Explanatory Styles in Psychology?
How do you view positive and negative life events? Perhaps you blame yourself when faced with failure while never giving yourself credit for the good. [...]