Monday, 13 March 2017


Happy Holi!  Holi is the Hindu festival of colour and of love!  It represents the victory of GOOD over EVIL.  It also symbolises spring, rebirth, harvest and the end of the long winter.  

It is a time to play, to laugh, forget and forgive!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Laughter yoga - something to smile about

We all know that laughing makes us feel wonderful.  But did you know that there are health benefits too?

Did you know there is a Laughter Yoga University?  And there may even be a Laughter Club near you!

Here's what they have to say about themselves:

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Dalai Lama's guide to happiness

I adore this man! I had the pleasure of hearing him speak at the Royal Albert Hall a few years ago. Such a beautiful soul.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Dr Mercola sites 3 common causes of anxiety and depression and talks about the magic of mushrooms!

According to a recent study, the number of teens experiencing depression has spiked since 2011, and teenage girls are more prone to depression than boys at this age. The researchers suggest social media may be part of the problem.

Everybody dies but not everybody lives

How would it feel to regret a life lived without realised dreams?

Do you have the courage to fulfil the dreams that picked you?

What is stopping you? Doubt? Fear?

Take that step....sing your song!

What A Wonderful Wonder-filled World! :o)

Isn't this just marvellous?!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Live Happy with Happy Acts!

Have you heard of Happy Acts?

I received an email today from Live Happy about their #HappyActs campaign which I thought I would share with you because I thought it was really sweet! 

Did you know that March 20th is the United Nations' International Day of Happiness?

Every year Live Happy celebrates the month with a #HappyActs campaign. 

So how happy do you think you are?

"When it comes right down to it: How happy are you?", asks Michelle McQuaid

If you were to score yourself on a scale of zero to 10, how happy were you yesterday? And how happy are you today with your life?
Over the last decade, researchers, workplaces and governments have begun repeatedly measuring our levels of happiness. Why? As we have documented in Live Happy over the past two-and-a-half years, a growing body of research suggests happy people are more successful in marriages, friendships, earning money, work performance and physical health. So surely the higher our happiness scores, the more success we’ll all have. Right?
Well perhaps.

A more nuanced look at happiness

“In our achievement-oriented culture, we often expect to see scores go up,” explains Dr. Peggy Kern from The University of Melbourne, and one of the world’s leading researchers on well-being and its impact. “But I think being 10 out of 10 on a happiness or well-being measure is probably maladaptive. It’s good to have a high level of happiness and to maintain that over time, but it’s also important to be aware that we can have too much of a good thing. And depending on what’s going on in your life, being happy is not always appropriate”

For example, researchers have found that while many of us may believe reducing our level of stress is key to improving our happiness, the Gallup World Happiness Report has found that countries with high stress also score high on happiness and well-being. Despite the common perception, stress is not necessarily a bad thing. Happy lives are not stress-free, nor does a stress-free life guarantee happiness.

The right kind of stress

Health psychologist Kelly McGonigal in her best-selling book The Upside of Stress explains: “The Gallup Poll found that raising a child under 18 significantly increases the chance that you will experience a great deal of stress every day—and that you will smile and laugh a lot each day. Entrepreneurs who say that they experienced a great deal of stress yesterday are also more likely to say that they learned something interesting that day.
"Rather than being a sign that something is wrong with your life, feeling stressed can be a barometer for how engaged you are in activities and relationships that are personally meaningful.”
As psychologists Richard Ryan, Veronika Huta and Edward Deci write in a chapter of The Exploration of Happiness, “The more directly one aims to maximize pleasure and avoid pain, the more likely one is to produce instead a life bereft of depth, meaning and community.”

The many facets of happiness

“Happiness comprises multiple elements, such as positive emotions, engagement in life, relationships, a sense of meaning and accomplishment and good physical health,” explains Peggy. “By regularly measuring how we are doing in different areas, we can start to understand what happiness means to us personally, and how we’re impacted by the actions we choose to take and our life experiences.”
“Again the goal is not a perfect score in every domain,” she says. “Instead, it’s about noticing when you are living in a way that is most adaptive for you based on what you value, the situations you find yourself in, the resources you have to draw upon and the results you want to achieve. Then take steps to maintain this consistently, or make adjusts as needed.”
How can you broaden your measures of happiness? Here are six evidence-based steps:

Track your well-being 

Take the free PERMAH Workplace Wellbeing Survey developed by Peggy to see how you’re doing, set small goals for improvement and access a database of more than 200 different evidence-based practices to improve your happiness at work.

Balance your emotions

Researchers have found that both positive and negative emotions have their place when it comes to flourishing. While positive emotions can boost our energy, self-confidence and creativity, negative emotions can trigger our awareness that something important to us is not right. They can be a catalyst for change. Happiness is about having the psychological flexibility to understand when heartfelt positive emotions serve us best, and when we need to practice being comfortably uncomfortable with stress and anxiety. You can track your emotions and reflect on their impact using the free two-minute test at

Develop your strengths

Researchers have found using our strengths—those things we’re good at and enjoy doing—can help us feel more confident, engaged and energized about our work. They also caution that focusing only on our strengths can give us a false sense of competence, result in over-used strengths and ignores the power of our weaknesses. Happiness requires being able to find the right strength, in the right amount and for the right outcomes, and being able to tackle our weaknesses head-on when they are important. You can start by discovering your strengths using the free 10-minute survey at

Create authentic connections

Considerable scientific evidence suggests other people matter. Practicing gratitude not only improves our relationships, but has also been found to reduce stress and negative emotions, and increase our levels of energy and resilience. Before you leave work each day, take the time to genuinely thank one person for how they made your day a little better. Be specific about what you appreciated and why.

Find a healthy sense of meaning

Adam Grant, Ph.D., expert in altruism and professor at the Wharton Business School of Business, notes the single strongest predictor of having a sense of meaning and purpose is the belief that what we do has a positive impact on others. Think about how what you do each day can help others—even if it’s just the person sitting next to you. Then take time each week to savor the difference you make.  Be aware, however, that when our passion becomes obsession (and you hear yourself saying “I have to” instead of “I want to”), this can undermine happiness in the long term. So try to aim for balance, not obsession.

Nurture hope

While 89 percent of us believe tomorrow will be better than today, only 50 percent of us believe we can make it so. Researchers suggest this belief is the difference between wishing and hoping. When we hope, we set clear “want-to” goals, pathways to reach them, and we find ways to maintain our willpower. As a result, hope can add about an hour a day in terms of productivity, and it helps to improve our health and well-being. So this year on the International Day of Happiness, what steps can you take to improve your happiness?

Michelle McQuaid is a best-selling author and coach with a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been featured in Forbes, The Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal and many other outlets.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The Inspired Wellbeing Summit starts today!

The Inspired Wellbeing Summit begins 28th February, which has gathered together leading spiritual teachers and wellbeing experts. You can still sign up for this amazing gathering of spiritual thinkers and leaders

The Summit takes place over 12 days, featuring inspiring talks with many amazing experts in the field of Mind, Body and Spirit.

During the Summit you will learn how to:
  • Heal your life with past-life regression and soul retrieval
  • Tap into the mystical power of prayer
  • Find your life purpose and what it takes to make your life work
  • Listen to your soul and tune into the akashic records
  • Create your highest future with Destiny Retrieval
  • Understand the healing power of mantras, meditation and pranayama 
  • Step into your warrior goddess and reclaim your power
  • Choose love instead of fear and trust your intuition
  • Become an evolutionary woman and live life as an adventure
This, and much, much more awaits you in this summit! 

I've signed up! Will you?

Monday, 27 February 2017

Redefining Happiness

Motivational philosopher Jay Shetty urges us to redefine happiness.

Happiness is within.

Happiness is an Inside Job.

What do you think it is?  What does happiness mean to you?  

Beauty Inspires Gratitude. Nature is Healing.

Nature's beauty can be easily missed — but not through Louie Schwartzberg's lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day. (Filmed at TEDxSF.)

Learn more about Louie and Moving Art at

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer who captures breathtaking images that celebrate life — revealing connections, universal rhythms, patterns and beauty.

Walk in beauty and kiss the earth with your feet!

Sunday, 26 February 2017

What makes a good life?

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. 

As the director of 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.


World Happiness Summit March 17-19 2017. Will you join the movement?

Have you heard there's a World Happiness Summit happening in March?

What's it all about?

It's a global movement to increase awareness on happiness as a life choice, as a human right and as an enabler of human development and social innovation.

Their aim is to Unite the World by connecting to world happiness experts on a 3-day journey of discovery.  It's the first global gathering of happiness teachers and wellness experts who support humanity in reaching higher levels of consciousness. 

Their pledge is to increase awareness of happiness as a life choice, a human right and an enabler of human development and social innovation. 

Who are some of the experts and what do they believe?