About Sallyann Keizer

Hello! I’m Sally, Head of Happyness, as the team calls me. Crazy title, I know, but it makes everyone giggle including me, so we’ve stuck with it. I’m the founder of the Happynesshub and I am passionate about our work. I’ve spent years reading about happiness and wellbeing, putting the research into practice, and trying to navigate the ups and downs of life’s rollercoaster ride. My dream is for our community to grow, to share the work and the love, and to make the world a happier place. May sound corny. But it’s true.

Here to Help

I think human beings are innately kind. Indeed, research tells of toddlers readily helping others to achieve their goals... the altruism within them is a natural instinct. So why is it that we hear of such atrocities around the word? And headlines shout that we in Western society nowadays are ‘all [...]

By |2018-11-29T19:32:24+00:00November 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Don’t Spill Your Coca-Cola

Ilana and I are sitting in the car on the way to Swansea… we’ve had a very ‘challenging’ week (as one of my good friends would say!). In fact, the way I’ve been describing my week is ‘horrid, horrendous, horrid’. My mum fractured her pelvis (yet again!), and has been in [...]

By |2018-11-29T19:17:51+00:00November 8th, 2018|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Marvellous Mariana

Do you have people in your life that bring you joy? They walk through the door and you know before they’ve even arrived that they are going to brighten your day? We talk lots at the Happynesshub about ‘finding your happy’ – things that lift your spirits, warm your heart, give [...]

By |2018-09-13T15:12:11+00:00September 13th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Archie Moment

We’ve coined a new phrase at Happynesshub HQ – it’s called The Archie Moment. And it stems from my meeting the new love of my life, little Archie Archibald, as many of you will have read in last week’s blog. Archie (my new Black Lab, 7 weeks old, arriving at my house [...]

By |2018-06-14T20:21:09+00:00June 14th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Paws and Be Present

I’m driving through London and my tummy hurts. Still. It’s been 5 months of illness now and although I am out of the house and stronger, the pain remains firmly present. I struggle to think about anything else as the traffic comes and goes, the horns, the noise, the London hubble [...]

By |2018-06-08T10:42:41+00:00June 7th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

Letting Go of the Dark

I sat in the hairdresser. My hair was the longest it had been since I could remember – surgery and recovery had meant I had not been well enough to have a cut for 4 months (normally it’s every 6 weeks!). ‘What colour would you like today?’ asked John. We’d not [...]

By |2018-05-11T07:06:39+00:00May 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Fear vs Hope

It’s coming up to 7 weeks on from my op and I am still feeling rough. I’ve noticed the concern I’ve been feeling ramping up over the past fortnight, and I became aware the worry was a growing creature inside, that started off like a little worm tunneling away, but was [...]

By |2018-05-03T16:52:27+00:00May 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

Help is at Hand

As I lay in the recovery room, oxygen, cannulas, medical staff a blur – after the initial surge of pain, lovely dose of morphine and then a rather snazzy inflatable hot blanket to stop the shivering, my initial reaction to all of this was – please can I see my mum, [...]

By |2018-04-05T21:28:53+00:00April 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

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+00:00March 15th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

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+00:00March 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments