Having a Healthy Smartphone Relationship

So it’s 1715 and I have to be in central London for 1900. Out comes the smart phone, open up TFL and I work out that it’ll take 55 minutes to get there on the tube. Open the Waze sat nav, 57 minutes to drive there. I’ll go for the tube [...]

By | 2018-03-23T09:01:18+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

For the Love of Food

I love food, and I love people… there is nothing better for me than sharing a meal with some friends, family and loved ones (often helped by a log fire and an exceptionally good cheese board!). So I was interested to read this week in one of my favourite publications, Positive [...]

By | 2018-03-15T22:09:25+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

To distract, or not to distract, that is the question

So I’m sitting in the hospital waiting room with time to kill before I see my consultant. I’ve just been given news that things may be more serious than I thought, and my mind is spinning. This time, there’s no catastrophising  (a spiral downward of predictive negative thoughts, ending without doubt [...]

By | 2018-03-18T12:40:28+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

Friendships at 40

A few weeks ago I reached the big 4-0. I know, I know, I don’t look a day over 25 (or so I like to tell myself). So, in preparation for the big day I went through the usual dilemma of what I should do. Having a birthday in February does [...]

By | 2018-03-01T21:24:12+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

This time next week I will be in Delhi. That feels very big. I am off travelling through the North of India with a couple of friends (on my gap month!). Backpacks, hostels, sleeper trains and an entirely different culture, with in some places poverty in the extreme - that could [...]

By | 2018-02-22T21:50:22+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Mental Healing

Last week I attended my very first Action for Happiness event! If you aren’t aware, Action for Happiness is a fantastic movement that aims to build a happier and more caring society, drawing on scientific research with the aim of helping people to take practical action in their lives. The event [...]

By | 2018-02-16T00:05:48+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Back to School

I always love going back to my old school. I feel lucky to have been given such a rounded and varied education and I never fail to wonder at the kindness and politeness of the girls when I return. Yet our visit this week was particularly special. I had been invited [...]

By | 2018-02-09T01:15:21+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

January Digital Detox

January is over, yippee! Never a favourite of mine - despite trying to manage the lack of light, the tendency for the TV world to be slow-moving this month, and my post-Christmas despondency – I always long for February to arrive (not the attitude from the Head of Happyness, I hear [...]

By | 2018-02-02T00:09:11+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Power of Happy Endings

On Monday morning, Sally and I met with the very special Adrian Bethune, an incredibly talented teacher and author of an upcoming book about teaching happiness and wellbeing in primary schools. We had a lovely meeting – he told us all about his fantastic work, and we discussed several of the [...]

By | 2018-01-25T22:04:43+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

My Happy Diary

I haven’t written a blog in quite some time now. Upon reflection, I think it’s because I haven’t felt ‘happy enough’ to write one. I’ve often thought that if I’m not zinging with happiness, I’d be doing an injustice to all you Hubbers. It’s only now, following the new year - [...]