Over the past few years, research has proven what we have known for a while, that people who don’t take things for granted but consciously express gratitude tend to be happier and less depressed. Although simple, gratitude is such a highly powerful technique that I include it as one of the main steps in my Intentional Happiness Circle.
Writing in my journal, journaling, reminds me a bit of writing in my diary as a teenager. To me it’s the grown up version. It is a space for me to get out my thoughts and feelings, process more deeply what is going on for me and to process and let go of things. I find it reduces my stress, calms me down and stops me ruminating on stuff. It also helps me develop more self awareness.
Books can have a big impact on our happiness with a great deal of research on the benefits of our wellbeing. Bibliotherapy, or Book Therapy, is prescribed to help people heal through challenging and emotional times. Today I share the many ways in which reading is good for your happiness.
Goal Setting in the new year
How are you approaching the new year? There is so much around about goal setting from the 1st of January. Have you made some new year resolutions or are you taking your time? I personally like to take my time to slowly ease into the new year. I enjoy hibernating and going at a slower pace. And I like to take time to reflect and ponder what I want my year to look like.
Blue Monday 2021 – the January Blues
I have always found January a hard month. I don’t especially like winter, I’m more of a sunshine lover and the short days and dark nights reduce my energy levels. I love the run-up to Christmas with all the planning, shopping for gifts, the decorations and lights as well as the Christmas markets and mulled wine. However once that is all over there is not so much distraction in the cold months.
And I know I’m not alone. I’ve been supporting people for over 30 years now and have seen first hand how many people’s mood dips at the beginning of the year. They feel the January Blues. So widespread is this feeling, that there is actually a day in January called Blue Monday.
FOMO – the meaning of Fear Of Missing Out
Many years ago, before I had a child and a partner and moved to another country, I used to say yes to every invitation. A friend once commented that I’d ‘go to the opening of an envelope!’ I went out for drinks, to the theatre, for dinners, concerts, dancing and to the cinema. I went on weekend breaks, spa days and holidays. I was always super busy (hint: this is not JOMO).
It’s widely taught that our body language can give off messages to other people and affect how they view us. For example, we all know that when we go for an interview we should stand up straight, make eye contact and have a firm handshake and the interview panel will perceive us as confident. But, did you know that research is showing us that by changing your body language you can also change how you feel and increase your mood.[Read more…] about How To Influence Your Mood Through Body Language