It's Hard to Speak My Heart

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I got my other wishes. Today I dressed myself. Fed myself. Left my flat and walked. I never take those things for granted. They will remain a privilege, rather then a right, for the rest of my life. Not because I believe they will go away. But because they are part of a long list of things I am overwhelmingly thankful for every day.

Spring Renewal 1

Karen Ruimy | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Ruimy

Every morning stay within yourself, meditate, write down your feelings about this clearing. Answer those questions freely. Create yourself a dream plan. Though don't forget gentleness and patience for yourself as it can take a month or more.

Searching for the unicorn: where to look for happiness

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

How therefore can the process of finding happiness be termed as 'simple'? Once we get over the first step of taking responsibility for our lives on our terms - which is the hardest part of self-discovery and which takes real courage- the rest is easy.

The Big Five Life Lessons to Pass to Your Kids

Lucy Griffin-Stiff | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Parents
Lucy Griffin-Stiff

I've been poorly this year, and it got me thinking: What if I can't be around for my daughter? Who is going to help her along life's journey? Life is so big and she is so small. I can't profess to have all the answers. I am still learning everyday myself.

How to Find Love

Karen Ruimy | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Ruimy

You already have everything in you: you are embodying a soul. Your soul has come here to express, to create, to experiment, to love - but mainly your soul is a loving being. And the most important thing in terms of love, is loving yourself.

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.

10 Ways to Find Joy in the Every Day

Yazmin Joy Vigus | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Yazmin Joy Vigus

Start the day by declaring words that affirm and empower you. I am loved. I am wealthy. I am beautiful. I am smart. I am prosperous. I am healthy. Feeding yourself positive affirmations aligns your mind with your desires and sets you up for the day.

Five Golden Habits for Daily Life: Because Our Thoughts Become Our Actions

Anna Roth | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Roth

How conscious are you in your experience of daily life? Do you have fun? Do you create exciting projects and share your time with those you love? Or are you unhappy? Are you always complaining about loss? Are you waiting for somebody else to make the move that will take you out of your comfort zone to a better place?

Have You Got Too Serious?

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Lovewell

When I was younger, I was the life and soul of any party. I was the giggler. In fact once I started I usually couldn't stop and then of course, my giggling would be infectious. My friends would all be laughing until we were crying or struggling to breathe.

Change and Acceptance on the Road to Happiness

Sandi Wassmer | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Wassmer

This is not to say that you should be skipping in the fields when sad or upsetting things happen. Acceptance is not about resignation, ignoring reality or doing nothing. It's about fully acknowledging what has happened, seeing it for what it is and then finding your way to let it go.

Embracing Unexpected Moments of Happiness in Grief

Benjamin Brooks-Dutton | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

Soon after my wife was killed in November 2012 I decided to start a blog. Through it I would create a record of raw and live grief as it happened, as well as documenting my attempts at somehow rebuilding my life after the shock of becoming a widower at just 33.

Looking for a Listicle to Lean On? Oldies Can Be Goodies

Tony Lobl | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Remember when a list was something scrawled on a scrap of paper to help you get better organised? And if writing that list was all you achieved on some days, well who'd ever know? Only you ever read it!

Why the Law of Attraction Sucks...

Sarupa Shah | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarupa Shah

here is this magical perfect time that most people are waiting for, when the universe will say it is YOU. Your turn, I listened to your pleas, I struck a few deals, twisted a few arms for here you go!

Lucy Sherriff

JOY Withdraws Six To Twelve Month Unpaid Internship Position | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A high street fashion retailer has withdrawn a six-month unpaid internship but has been dubbed "arrogant" after not apologising. JOY removed the ad...

Seeking a Light Beyond Depression

Tony Lobl | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

For a couple of weeks I'd taken snapshots of glorious dawn skies from my bedroom window and posted them on Facebook, to modest acclaim from a few fait...

The Challenges and Opportunities of Change: A Sukot Meditation

Naftali Brawer | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
Naftali Brawer

Nothing remains the same for any length of time. Life is constantly shifting and moving beneath our feet. And while on the surface this is a rather depressing thought, it needn't be if we learn how to embrace change and unpack its blessings. Because with each painful change comes the opportunity for new growth and new possibilities.

On Perfection, Planning and Losing

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Perfection In our facile society, perfection is glossy, fabricated, manipulated and made to order. Yet we are surrounded by unmistakably perfect momen...

Will Joy Help Me Get Through The Last Bit Of The Edinburgh Fringe?

Catie Wilkins | Posted 20.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Catie Wilkins

Things have definitely improved since the Olympics finished. But not quite as dramatically as everyone hoped. If the Olympics and Edinburgh were like some kind of patronage divorce - forcing punters to choose between one or the other; then now that the dust has settled, just like in a real divorce, everyone is flat broke.

Edinburgh Fringe: Will Joy Help Me Get Through?

Catie Wilkins | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK Comedy
Catie Wilkins

The Fringe is nearly upon us and I'm going through that classic 'why on earth did I agree to do this' phase of the preparation process. Unfortunately for me that phase has lasted for, well, lets see, it started in May... How is it July now? How?

I Found Someone Who Could Forgive the Unforgivable

Carrie Lloyd | Posted 05.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Lloyd

I don't believe that I've ever been in the presence of a man who intimidated me. I'm not intimidated by aggressive men, powerful men, strong men, hilarious men, good-looking men. They're a piece of cake, I can work them out in seconds.

Joy by Jonathan Lee - Review

David Hebblethwaite | Posted 16.08.2012 | Home
David Hebblethwaite

Joy Stephens would appear to have everything to live for - she's a successful City lawyer, about to be made a partner at the age of 33 - but she is planning to commit suicide before the day is out.

The Joy Recipe

Annabel Burn | Posted 10.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Annabel Burn

I'm the sort of person who has always done even moderation in extremes. Last month, on a trip to a&e (sprain) I was asked if I was an athlete. Apparently my resting pulse rate is 47. Im a bit wary of sounding like Samantha brick here, but being a long established dog walker means I am super busy, very fit and always running and walking.

On Finding Inspiration

Emma Brooke | Posted 17.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Brooke

Whilst it's great to have a really successful or famous person to look to for inspiration, it's taken me a while to realise how great it is to have inspiration so close to home.

Jan 2012 - Emotional Rollercoaster?

Todd Savvas | Posted 07.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Todd Savvas

As I sit outside in the freezing cold (yet apparently warm), enjoying the sun in Canary wharf, waiting for my lovely but notoriously late friend, James. I wonder what 2012 has brought us.

The Secret Joys at Christmas

Sonja Lewis | Posted 11.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

During the holiday season, joy, gratifying joy, is ubiquitous, both night and day. Don't you just love it - the magic of Christmas: the carols; the decorations; the lights - particularly if you are a child. But you probably aren't, if you're reading this blog.