Trisha to the Test…

Photograph copyright Clem Onojeghuo.

Why Hello There…

So my new series will see me experimenting on myself thus becoming my very own guinea-pig, exciting stuff!

So I am a big fan of positive psychology and use it on a daily basis…mainly to advise others.  One of my first blog posts was 20 Ways to Improve Language Learning via positive psychology. So I intend for 28 days from 1st April (no April fools) to live (especially in relation to language learning) as positively as I possibly can and record the results.

I once read a journal regarding rice, sounds interesting I know! However, rice that heard positive comments decayed less rapidly than those subjected to nasty, angry sounding voices! Similar research has been conducted on plants with similar results. Plants that had positivity drip fed into them bloomed and become better than the plants that didn’t. Plants also have a musical preference…classical!

Therefore I need to be positive and listen to classical music.

“Once You Replace Negative Thoughts With Positive Ones, You’ll Start Having Positive Results.”

– Willie Nelson

We will see Willie, we will see. That sounded better in my head than it looks on the post. I was referring to the above quote! So let’s do this… Can I replace any negative thoughts that I have on language learning, life, and reap the benefits that it so promised?

My Mission 

My mission is to record the progress made in language learning when applying positive psychology. I will do this for 28 days and record the data on this blog & social media. I intend to apply this to a language that is currently unfamiliar to me as this will give me a better baseline to start with. I do not trust myself to be consistent or objective. This is where I will need your help and that of my friends and family.

qI will share my final results at the end of April 2017…although you can follow my progress right here on my blog or on Twitter / Facebook.

What language should I take on? Please comment below or on social media. The language that gets the most votes I will study. Please note voting is now over and *** drum roll please*** the language selected by you was ICELANDIC!

Time to get myself prepared and I have found the perfect book from Amazon called ‘Habits of a Happy Brain‘. I highly recommend it. Click the image to take you to the link.


If you have any language learning theories you would like me to put to the test or items or products for review then get in contact or comment below. I look forward to hearing from you…

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Trisha, is the founder of Language Learners An award-winning blog dedicated to empowering and promoting a more mindful approach to independent language learning and teaching across the UK and beyond. Trisha has a professional and academic background in psychology and well-being. She has been practicing mindfulness for over 20 years and has professionally taught CBT-based mindfulness for the past 7 years. You can follow Trisha on her official Facebook Page, Instagram or Twitter accounts to discover how to apply simply mindfulness practices and scientifically proven strategies to your language learning...

3 thoughts on “Trisha to the Test…

  1. Good luck! That sounds like such an awesome idea 🙂 Positivity definitely does change results in language learning, so I’m interested to see how this goes for you! Do you think you could learn Italian? Or maybe Chinese? Both of those would be so cool!

  2. If you choose a language that’s quite close of one of your current languages, it’ll be hard to know if your progress was down to the positive psychology or if it was aided by the languages you already learned.

    Trying out a completely different language would probably be a more independent test of the positive psychology effect.

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