• 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…

  • Happiness,  Positive Psychology,  Resilience

    Resilience

    There are many factors in building resilience. At the Happiness School we have created a number of courses to help individuals and companies (re)build their resilience. Developing resilience is a personal journey. People do not all react the same to traumatic and stressful life events. An approach to building resilience that works for one person might not work for another. People use varying strategies. We work to give you a number of strategies to chose from and help you to find the way to make them work for you in your busy life. Focusing on past experiences and sources of personal strength can help you learn about what strategies for…

  • Gratitude,  Happiness,  Meditation,  Positive Psychology

    What makes you happy?

    Do you start each day with a smile? What can you do to improve your day to day happiness? Research shows that you can work on improving your happiness in tangible ways that have real effects on your mood and overall level of happiness.  Some of these things are very easy, even silly to do, some are much more difficult but perhaps something that you can work towards. Let’s start with something very easy.  SMILE. That’s it, just smile.  I had a client who had real difficulty with this one and said that they had nothing to smile about. My suggestion was to look in the mirror every morning and…

  • Gratitude,  Happiness,  Positive Psychology,  Resilience,  Self Determination,  Wellbeing

    Self Determination Theory

    At the moment we are all being forced into a situation that most of us would not chose, Isolation.  The lack of self determination we are currently feeling is adding to the stress and discomfort that we are feeling. My interest in Self Determination Theory (SDT) stems from the question of coercion and how that makes a difference to how motivated and involved you are to engage in something and to what the likely outcome will be namely do you engage, and encourage others to engage. SDT stems from an Arostoletian view of human development.  We are integrating Organisims with a coherent sense of self. This is a psychodynamic and…

  • Compassion,  Gratitude,  Happiness,  Hope

    Giving

    Hello there, today I wanted to talk a little bit about giving.  Some people say that there is no such thing as a truly altruistic act and to a certain degree I agree with this.  There is always a pleasure innate in giving something away.  I have always found that I get a great deal more in return. For me as I am sure many of you the ability to give money at the moment is difficult and so I would ask you to look at other ways to give.  Time is the most valuable resource that you have and so giving a little of your time to a friend…

  • Happiness

    Smiling is infectious!

    Smiling is infectious,you catch it like the flu,When someone smiled at me today,I started smiling too. I passed around the cornerand someone saw my grin.When he smiled I realizedI’d passed it on to him. I thought about that smile,then I realized its worth.A single smile, just like minecould travel round the earth. So, if you feel a smile begin,don’t leave it undetected.Let’s start an epidemic quick,and get the world infected!

  • 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 –…