Our mission is to improve wellbeing with tools to help people develop self-awareness and make choices based on their values
OK Positive's approach is based on Acceptance and Commitment therapy - known as ACT. It's an approach that is widely used in both therapy and workplace settings and it's backed by many scientific research studies - we've listed some further reading below.
The aim of ACT is to increase psychological flexibility - your ability to choose how you respond to situations, so that you can live a more meaningful life - one that is aligned to your values.
ACT is built on 3 main pillars - Open, Aware and Engaged.
Being open (or willing) means that when we move towards the things that matter to us in life we are likely to experience unpleasant thoughts, feelings and body sensations e.g. we can't have love without fear of rejection, we can't succeed without fear of failure.
Being aware means noticing all your thoughts, feelings and experiences and how we react and respond as these happen.
Being engaged means doing the things that matter to you - making choices based on your values.
It's important to note that OK Positive is not a medical or diagnostic tool - it doesn't replace speaking to your doctor or therapist.
We offer tools and content to help you build self-awareness, identify your values and make choices in your own life that support your wellbeing.
Further reading on the therapeutic principles on which
OK Positive is based:
A Liberated Mind: The Essential Guide to ACT by Steven Hayes
The Compassionate Mind by Paul Gilbert
The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris
ACT Made Simple: An Easy-to-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Dr. Russ Harris
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Professor Mark Williams