Working on Ilana

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! Can you tell I really like Christmas? Well, I actually just really like December. London always looks so pretty (the Oxford Street window displays are at their finest), there’s that frosty bite in the air, there are decorations everywhere and people just become [...]

By |2018-12-13T20:46:23+00:00December 13th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Young? Old? Be Happy!

Greetings from Swansea Hubbers! Over the past few months I’ve been working on location in this Welsh city filming our latest show for CBeebies (watch out for details next year!). Over the course of my time here, there has been a reoccurring theme cropping up - the older generation. It started [...]

By |2018-12-05T22:11:26+00:00December 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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

A Good Read

Reading fiction has always been a popular pastime but the benefits to one’s own wellbeing are hugely underestimated, I think. In this instance, I’m focussing on pure fiction, whether in the form of novels, plays, poetry and short stories - not manuals, autobiographies, history books etc, but works where a world [...]

By |2018-11-22T20:02:25+00:00November 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

My Mental Health: A Work in Progress

"Mr Happy". I bet many people make this assessment of me when they meet me. And I am generally a happy person. But I can also be anxious and this makes me grumpy and hard to handle around my closest and most precious ones. For me, being happy has, and continues, to take [...]

By |2018-11-15T18:00:10+00:00November 15th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Feeling Better with ‘Bake Off’

I’ve been writing a lot of Happynesshub blogs recently. This week, Tuesday hit, and with all of Sally’s goings on, I needed to think of a subject last-minute I’d like to write about. Then, Tuesday afternoon turned to Tuesday evening and I had my regular Great British Bake Off gathering with [...]

By |2018-11-01T14:35:23+00:00November 1st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Things that Martin Seligman Taught Me

On Friday, I went to ‘The Ultimate Wellbeing in Education Conference’ - hosted by Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, President of IPEN, and co-founder of Action for Happiness. It was a jam-packed day that discussed topics ranging from the wellbeing of teachers, to measuring students’ wellbeing [...]

By |2018-10-25T20:17:17+00:00October 25th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Talking Loneliness

I’ve been thinking quite a lot recently about loneliness. Not loneliness in the sense of the passing emotion when you’re left alone at home, or when you find yourself without anybody to take your lunch break with, but the painful feeling that comes from the perception that your connections with others [...]

By |2018-10-18T22:35:15+00:00October 18th, 2018|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Meditation: Creating a Habit

In September, I started something new: meditation. In fact, here at the Happynesshub HQ, we’ve all been into our meditation recently. Sally has started a new meditation class – every Tuesday morning she reports back on the delight of her Monday evening group. Ruth has been reading up on mindful birthing [...]

By |2018-10-04T19:23:41+00:00October 4th, 2018|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Choosing Happiness

Over the course of the last few months I have gotten into a ‘low-mood rut’. I started to find that my mood was regularly dipping, I often felt overwhelmed, I was failing to get much enjoyment out of things that used to make me happy. And then, the other week, this [...]

By |2018-09-27T14:39:52+00:00September 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments