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.

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

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+00:00February 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+00:00February 1st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Acceptance, Action and Positive Thinking

I will be honest. I really don’t like the New Year. Every December it feels like something quite dramatically goes wrong for me on New Year’s Eve, and things crash for the coldest, and what I always feel is the most miserable time of the year – January. So this year [...]

By |2018-01-04T18:58:38+00:00January 4th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments