Happiness Tips

Mental Health Funding Is Essential but Real Change Starts With Us

Graham Doke | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK
Graham Doke

A report into mental health care released this week by an NHS England Taskforce contains a stark statistic: severe and prolonged mental illness can shorten life expectancy by 15 to 20 years. The equivalent statistic for chronic smoking is 10 years.

Creating a More Compelling Story of Your Life

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

My question to you today is, If you were to go through the stories that have made up your experience, what genre would you classify each of them as and is that classification helpful to you?

Working Mum or Stay at Home Mum?

Louise Gillett | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Parents
Louise Gillett

I do usually manage to fit in some writing during the day but it is sometimes hard to find the motivation as well as the time. So by last weekend, after a whole week of not writing, it was tempting to think that perhaps I should find a job and contribute to the family in a more measurable way - i.e. financially.

When Times Get Hard - Hold On!

Louise Gillett | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Gillett

In my opinion, the reason we are here on this planet is to be happy. I don't know how I formed this opinion - I suppose I feel it, rather than think it. Sometimes life gets hard and happiness seems elusive, but there are certain things we can do to help ourselves even in difficult circumstances.

How to Start 2016 With a Positive

Amie Cadwallader | Posted 10.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amie Cadwallader

I love am the type of person who tries their best to have a positive attitude, and there is definitely nothing I adore more than sharing the love and making others smile. One thing I do know is when you see the positive side off things, life seems a little better, a little easier, and you are able to make the most of the beautiful life that you have...

Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway

Louise Gillett | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Gillett

Basically as you get older, you realise that you are not the only person in the world who worries about things. Everyone is riddled with insecurities, they just manifest them in different ways, or if they are really lucky, they have learned to overcome their difficulties (I recently re-read M Scott Peck's The Road Less Travelled and it was brilliant on this subject).

How to Set Yourself Up for a Successful 2016

Sara Davison | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

Many of us remember the tougher moments in the last year but rarely stop to reflect on everything that has gone well, made us feel good and even proud of ourselves. It's important to appreciate the good things in life as well as to learn from the bad experiences.

How to Find Happiness After 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Veronica Melkonian | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Veronica Melkonian

I actually found myself longing to live a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, I as a little jealous of all the excitement wrapped up in the lives of all those in Star Wars and now I need to redeem my own life somehow. So if you're feeling a similar sort of disdain towards your own life, then let's work this through together, how can we find happiness after Epsiode VII.

15 Things to Leave in 2015

Sophie Pope | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Pope

It's so easy to look at what to take forward with you, when the flipside of this - and probably easier way - is figuring out what it is we should leave behind. So here are 15 things I'll be leaving in 2015, and I'm sure a lot of these will resonate.

How Can We Pursue Happiness If We Don't Know What It Is?

Michael Plant | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Plant

What, actually, is it? What is 'happiness'? What are we talking about? Somewhat bizarrely people are very happy to give, or sell, their advice on how to be happy without ever trying to say what it is. But how can we find something if we don't know what we're looking for?

What Does an Eight Week Mindfulness Course Look Like?

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

The body is often ignored due to the fact that we live so often in our minds. So, the course will introduce body-scan meditation, which develops an awareness of each part of the body. It's not so much a relaxation technique but an exercise that brings curiosity to the entire body. Feeling things just as they are, without trying to change them.

Child-Raising: the Success-Happiness Correlation

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

We have brought up five kids, my children's father and I. I had my first child whilst I was still at school, and the others came in rapid succession when I was at University. Of course, we didn't have maids.

The Number One Happiness Myth Exposed

Susanna Halonen | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Susanna Halonen

I used to think success led to happiness. You might think that too if you believe this myth. But in fact this is a total myth. Sure, reaching goals and milestones give you a moment of joy, delight and a sense of achievement (rightfully so!).

Values, Rather Than Goals, Help Us Live a Rich and Meaningful Life

Alexa Frey | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alexa Frey

Society reinforces this tendency to strive for a constant state of happiness: Hollywood and fairy tales lead us to believe that happy endings are the ultimate goal, and advertisements tell us that if we only buy this specific product it will make us feel good.

What Kind of Happiness Are You Seeking?

His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje

How much do we really know about happiness? From a Buddhist perspective, all sentient beings, including animals, seek happiness. We have a subconscious instinct to seek happiness - even though many of us don't have a clear idea what it is, or how to achieve it...

Why Everyone Should Have A Relationship MOT.

Sacha Knop | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sacha Knop

If you buy a car, it has usually been serviced so it runs wonderfully smoothly for a while. And we so enjoy it when our car drives effortlessly. When it develops a problem, a fault, which the things we use do, we take it to the garage where an expert fixes it

Three Steps to Happiness

Vanessa King | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa King

Is there a formula for happiness? Well not exactly - lots of things contribute to how we feel in the moment and about our lives overall, and it varies from person-to-person and over time. But if I had to pick a number - when it comes to happiness that might well be three.

How Do You Know What It Will Take to Make You Happy?

Maggie Currie | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

Unfortunately, people believe they can be happy when they achieve a particular goal. It's really not achieving the goal that makes them happy. It's the feeling of achieving the goal that provides another feeling, satisfaction perhaps, that is mistaken for happiness.

How to Drop Judgement

Jessica McGregor Johnson | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica McGregor Johnson

Life gets much easier when we drop the judgement of others. And when I say easier I am actually talking about our life not even those we judge. When we judge others, we make ourselves separate from them and often put ourselves in a place of superiority.

The Key to Happiness

Jessica McGregor Johnson | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica McGregor Johnson

Happiness is an inside job. No one can make us happy. There is no point in waiting for someone to come along and take that responsibility for us - it's ours. And on top of that - if we assign the responsibility of our happiness to someone else what a huge burden we are putting on their backs.

Struggling To Stay Happy This New Year? Here Are 7 Tips To Help You Power Through

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The New Year is just around the corner and as we close the door on the trials and tribulations of 2014, we're also beckoning whatever awaits us in 201...

Hindsight and Happiness: What I Learned in 2014

Sophie Pope | Posted 28.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Pope

I haven't thought about my resolutions for the coming year yet, but I'm sure they'll be deliciously cliched and sickening. I hope you all have a wonderful, safe and happy new year...

Happiness This Holiday Season: A Surefire Guide

Libby Blanchard | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Libby Blanchard

Further, science tells us that if we really, really want to be happy, helping another, whether with friendship, a warm coat, a shelter, a meal, or a vaccine can provide us with the greatest surge of happiness of all. So once the Yule log has turned ash, volunteer, donate to a good cause, or go outside and spread seeds to the birds...

How's Your Life See-Saw?

Pam Warren | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Pam Warren

Part of my condition is that I have a depleted immune system that has never really recovered since the train crash. Maybe it was all the drugs I've had to take over the years, maybe the shock or the burning I sustained, I don't know, but depleted it is. I do everything I can think of to boost it and I try to be careful about hygiene especially in public places.

Three Things Eckhart Tolle Has Taught Me That Have Rocked My World

Alexandra Massey | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

Millions of us suffer from depression and stress. I held onto mine like a badge of honor. Having survived a damaging childhood, divorce and cancer in the family, I though my suffering was hard won and I wanted my Oscar. But I got fed up of waking up every morning reminding myself everything that was wrong in my life.