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

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

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+00:00March 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+00:00February 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+00:00February 15th, 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+00:00January 25th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

You’re Never Alone

  I used to think of myself as a happy individual who enjoyed life whether being at home, travelling, working or spending time with family and friends. But then it all changed very suddenly. Like many other people, I experienced what I refer to as a ‘burnout’.  As a result, I felt completely [...]

By |2017-04-05T20:41:53+00:00April 6th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments