• Habits,  Happiness,  Resilience

    Managing Stress

    We are all dealing with some additional level of stress at the moment and I wanted to take a minute in today’s article to remind you that as Sydney J. Harris said “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” Whether it is getting back to working, commuting, being around other people again there are lots of little changes in our lives over the last few weeks that are all a little stressful – even if it is positive change that we have been waiting for. Allow yourself some time to adapt to each different change and see how you are doing.  Take the time to…

  • Habits,  Hope,  Positive Psychology,  Resilience

    Hope

    Hope can be a funny thing it is defined as a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen, a feeling of trust or simply put when we want something to happen or be the case.  It can however be very elusive especially in times such as these when it feel like life is on hold and we are anxiously waiting for a reprieve.  It is however times like these when hope it most important. Hope allows us to be optimistically confident that there will be a positive outcome.  Being hopeful allows us to anticipate a return not just to normal but to a better version of…

  • Habits,  Happiness

    Boosting Happiness

    What can we do every day to improve our happiness?  Well the first thing that The Happiness School wants you to do is remember how to be happy! When you were a child you could play for hours and you imagination and friends, (and imaginary friends!) were all part of a rich tapestry that was generally a happy experience.  As we age we learn that there are many responsibilities and things we must learn and you slowly forget how to be happy. A few things that we can do to help keep happiness on our agenda Make positive memories – focus on them and remember them often Spend happy –…

  • Habits,  Mindfulness,  Positive Psychology

    What is mindfulness practice?

    Mindfulness can take place through meditation sessions or smaller moments throughout the day. To cultivate a state of mindfulness, you can begin by sitting down and taking deep breaths. Focus on each breath and the sensations of the moment, such as sounds, scents, the temperature, and the feeling of air passing in and out of the body. Shift your attention, then, to the thoughts and emotions that you’re experiencing. Allow each thought to exist without judging it or ascribing negativity to it. Sit with those thoughts. The experience may evoke a strong emotional reaction. Exploring that response can be an opportunity to address or resolve underlying challenges. Keep in mind,…