• 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…

  • Meditation,  Mindfulness,  Resilience,  Wellbeing

    Meditation

    Meditation has been around a long time but it can be misunderstood a lot of the time.  Meditation is a practice meaning you get better over time, with practice. Starting off can be confusing and distractions are everywhere.  In the beginning your mind wanders and you are very easily distracted but if you can stick with it and gently bring your thoughts back on track each time it gets easier and easier.  As you practice you will find that you improve a little each time and over time meditation can reduce stress, increase calmness, improve focus and promote wellbeing and happiness. The benefits are now being explored in more and…

  • Compassion,  Mindfulness,  Resilience

    The unsettled mind

    “The simplest, most fundamental, most basic, and most important meditative skill of all is the ability to settle the mind” (Chade-Meng Tan, 2016). Sometimes our daily lives are just too high stress, to competitive, too driven and sometimes life is just full of drama, and not in a good way. Regardless of age you will have experienced an unsettled mind and unsettled thoughts at some point in your life and so many of us are experiencing very unsettled thoughts at the moment.  There are times when settling your mind is a job of work and exceptionally difficult and other times when it takes just a moment to reset.  It is…

  • 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,  Resilience

    Self Compassion

    Self-compassion entails being warm and understanding toward ourselves when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate, rather than ignoring our pain or flagellating ourselves with self-criticism. (Dr. Kristen Neff, 2019) I have posted this content before but I am talking to so many people these days who are judging themselves very harshly at the moment. These difficult times are not the time to be hard on yourself. Take it easy. You do not have to learn a new skill or bake the perfect loaf. You need to do what it takes to be as comfortable as possible and as happy as possible considering your circumstances. Self-compassion is about being self-aware and…

  • 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…

  • Mindfulness,  Resilience

    Resilience in times of crises

    Resilience is important in our usual day to day world so in these changed times it is more important than ever. Any change is difficult but changes on the scale that Covid19 has brought are unprecedented in our times.  The more resilient that you are the easier you will find it to adapt to these new circumstances and therefore you will be better off in the long run.  Adaptability is the real key to survival (just ask Darwin). Being resilient however does NOT mean that you are not worried, uneasy, scared…it simply means that you can acknowledge these feelings and still be able to change yourself and your surroundings to…

  • Mindfulness,  Resilience,  Wellbeing

    Core Values

    What are your core values? Our core values influence everything about our lives and how we live, even if we are not consciously aware of them. Identifying which of our core values are of greatest importance to us, is crucial if we are to keep your anxiety levels low and our sense of self-awareness high. In this time of change and worry it is more important than ever that you take some time to consider what your core values are and how you can live your life in line with them.  When your behaviours are not in line with your core values your life will be unnecessarily difficult. Take some…

  • Mindfulness,  Resilience

    All Programmes postponed

    Please note that in light of government advice all courses and in house programmes are postponed until further notice. Kind regards, Diane In the meantime be nice to each other! There will be lots of people cooped up and anxious over the next few weeks. There will be others that are alone and vulnerable. Please do what you can to be kind and considerate to those around you. A call can mean the world. Take time out to be alone each day for a moment if you are surrounded by people. Take 15 minutes to meditate if you can. Take some time each day to write a gratitude log, yes…

  • Mindfulness,  Resilience

    All Programmes postponed

    Please note that in light of government advice all courses and in house programmes are postponed until further notice. This situation will be reviewed on March 29th. Kind regards, Diane In the meantime be nice to each other! There will be lots of people cooped up and anxious over the next few weeks. There will be others that are alone and vulnerable. Please do what you can to be kind and considerate to those around you. A call can mean the world. Take time out to be alone each day for a moment if you are surrounded by people. Take 15 minutes to meditate if you can. Take some time…