My name is Gareth. I am a psychologist working in the area of mental health promotion in South Australia.
In 2017, I started a new job, not realising at the time that the new job would trigger in me a strong interest in understanding what constitutes a rewarding and satisfying life and how to build such a life.
As I started thinking about what constitutes a rewarding and satisfying life, I realised it was incredibly multifactorial and I needed a good framework or scaffold on which to put everything I was learning about the topic. I started building that framework in my head.
Eventually I got to the point where I felt I had a decent enough framework to start sharing it. It wasn’t that I felt that I had solved the challenge of defining a rewarding and satisfying life, it was simply that I finally felt I had something to share on the topic. Hence this blog.
My goal with this blog is to write a book on ‘Self-improvement and Mental Fitness’. Mental Fitness is the term I use to broadly describe the things we can do to ‘train our mind’. I believe self-improvement (a commitment to deliberate and continuous psychological growth) is an important aspect of Mental Fitness, so I am kicking off with that as my initial focus. I am writing this book in the public domain so others can share in the process.
To make the process a little easier to follow, I have constructed an Index page as a roadmap to the content as I write it. I am going to be writing content as ‘chapters’. I plan on adding chapters in a relatively sequential fashion which should make things easier to follow. I consider every chapter I put on here as a ‘work in progress’ meaning I will revisit and refine them as I go, making sure to update the Index page as necessary.
I am also using this site as a regular blog. You can visit the blog feed page where I will post content related to my own learning along the way. This might include books I’ve read, ideas or concepts I’ve encountered and updates on the progress of the book. I see the book as a culmination of my own learning, but I don’t intend to stop learning anytime soon.
Finally I’ve also created a ‘stuff I like‘ page where I document websites, apps, podcasts, people and other stuff that is baked into my life and that I recommend to others. You don’t have the like the same stuff as me but you might find something in my relatively short list that is helpful to you.
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