Positive Psychology

Questions for C.Y. deserve an answer

Leung Chun-ying's relations with the Legislative Council will go some way towards making or breaking him as chief executive.

Wednesday, 18 July, 2012, 12:00am

Strength of parents' union is key to the health of a family

Scott and Janice have been married for 17 years and have been considering separating. They have a 16-year-old son Brian, who is getting into trouble at school for taking drugs and bullying. They also have a daughter, Shelly, 13, who has a weight problem and sometimes refuses to go to school.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am


Passengers should pay for new runway

The Executive Council has endorsed the building of a third runway at Chek Lap Kok airport. The Airport Authority says they will not rule out imposing a surcharge on passengers to finance this HK$136 billion project. I approve of the idea.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Harnessing the power of 'e-preciation'

When you step into a department store or visit the websites of different companies, it is easy to spot channels to file complaints, be it via e-mail or the complaint hotline. But what about praise? Seeing the lack of a systematic way to collect and present appreciation, Karen Au and Danny Chan co-founded Praisage, an online platform for positive feedback.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

The power of positive thinking

As students, we face lots of problems, such as countless tests and homework. Although it is a common situation for all of us, we cannot deny that these problems leave us feeling exhausted. In fact, most of us dread the idea of doing this over and over again.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

We have to learn to forgive and forget

We have all experienced the feeling of holding a grudge - a feeling of resentment over a slight, real or imagined.

The question is: what should we do in such cases? Should we ignore a person we hold a grudge against or should we just forgive and forget?

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Lai See

Cathay's over the hump and ready to do some marketing

4 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Nation resilient

The devastating tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 is expected to have an enormous impact on inbound tourism. 'While many areas remained unaffected by the disaster, they are also suffering from the sudden decrease in international visitors,' says Tadatoshi Mamiya, president of Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO).

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Printing more money to play politics is almost treacherous - or treasonous

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's veiled threat against quantitative easing

We estimate that Hong Kong's mobile phones receive over two million marketing calls a day

SmarTone-Vodafone chief executive Douglas Li

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Community support crucial for youngsters with mentally ill parents

According to the Hospital Authority, evidence worldwide indicates that between one million and 1.7 million people have a mental disorder and between 70,000 and 200,000 people suffer severe mental illness. The figures indicate that quite a large number of families have to deal with members suffering from these problems. In Hong Kong, mental health has grown into a serious social issue.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Happiness rises when culture thrives

Hong Kong has been variously described as a pressure cooker and a cultural desert. A new overseas study shines a light on the connection between the two.

All work and no play - or at least, all work and no cultural activity - do make life duller. That's the finding of a Norwegian study, whose results can be applied to our city.

26 May 2011 - 12:00am

Using emotions as allies

Emotional quotient (EQ) and its sibling emotional intelligence (EI) are very much in vogue among researchers and consultants keen to identify the factors that set successful leaders apart.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

Uplifting strength of those in tsunami's path

Hollywood's depiction of disasters usually involves panic, pushing, shoving and screaming - in short, chaos. There has been little of that in Japan as people face up to life in the immediate aftermath of the disastrous earthquake and tsunami and threats posed by damaged nuclear reactors.

15 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

HK sadder but it could be worse

23 Nov 2010 - 12:00am


We can all learn from Chilean miners

I was so delighted with the happy ending in the Chilean miners' story. All 33 men were rescued successfully after being trapped underground in a collapsed tunnel for 69 days.

4 Nov 2010 - 12:00am