Japan is the land of sushi and fish stock so at first vegans and vegetarians may be concerned. But there is no need to worry. Vegan food is known as Shojin Ryori - the food of the monks. With a little research, it's possible to find restaurants and ryokans that will feed you sumptuously from Tokyo to Kyoto and even in remote ryokans in Shikoku.
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.
Prioritising employees' physical and mental wellbeing is really important. Aside from generally caring about colleagues' health, a healthy office actually helps to increase productivity and can even reduce absenteeism.
We seem to be chasing the end result while convincing ourselves that once we achieve the goal we will be happier and more fulfilled in our lives. Happiness seems to be this unreachable, future thing as the end has become more important than the means.
The International Day of Happiness will be more than just a fun celebration, it will also help to remind us all that the world is a better place when we connect with and care about the people around us.
When you decide to embark on a good declutter, even just a short amount of time - do not forget to gently take note of what you are actually looking at. Each and every item. I'm not saying stare at them for a while or ponder and daydream. I just mean take a brief mental note.
If having kids has taught me anything, it's the utter unpredictability of any given moment. Unwittingly they have taught (or forced - depending on the day) me to accept that I am not entirely in control.
In the first instance, the ministry would be tasked with laying out a comprehensive path for a highly stressed out nation to move towards higher wellbeing. Why this is of such strategic importance for society: stress and impulsiveness are strongly linked.
When I think of masculinity and a form of energy, I feel it to be out going 'doing, fixing, sorting and achieving'. The feminine energy brings a softer presence 'passive, stillness, reserving and being'. The male is always the guest and the female always the host.
The need to be right can create stress and damage relationships. When you accept that everyone sees the world differently, then you can let go of being right, and you can express what you are thinking and feeling without blame.
It's a scary road. You wonder will you ever see the light again but I eventually found the ones right for me, they still make me feel a bit more 'slow' than usual but it's a better side effect than not being able to get out of the bed right?
You have probably heard this joke. Question: 'How do you know if someone is a vegan? Answer: They will tell you in five seconds. And it is true from my experience once you go vegan you have an energy rising up inside of you wanting to scream; "I am vegan and it's really great!".
The low rent therapist may be so bad bringing little experience, little evidence of success, and little evidence of professional achievement. In fact these kind of therapists are so bad that they can potentially do you more harm than good.
Friday 20 March is World Happiness Day. This is the third time that the world is being asked to mark a day dedicated to the pursuit of happiness - World Happiness Day was celebrated for the first time in 2013, following a decision by the United Nations General Assembly in July 2011.
How do you deal with a bad mood? Do you eat yourself silly? Reach for chocolate? Go out for retail therapy? Look for other things to fuel the bad mood? Snap at anyone who gets in your way? Because a bad mood must be shared with others, right!
Yoga is very much about being present, on and off the mat. By leading a more mindful life, the aim is to change the way we think about our experiences; being more aware of each moment, more accepting and less judgemental.