Happiness · Life Planning · Lifestyle

Choosing time over money

It’s been a busy few months of work and an equally busy few months of life. Work had got into one of its upward surges, things needed fixing up and sorting around the house, the social calendar was in flow and research for university was plugged in amidst the chaos. No matter where I looked… Continue reading Choosing time over money

Happiness · Mental Health · Self Esteem

Why being happy can be hard

As the start to the year is in full flow, I thought I would reflect on what I have learnt about how to live a happy life. A lot of tips about how to be happy can be found in other posts on my blog. However, I wanted to highlight one thing specifically: why being… Continue reading Why being happy can be hard

Happiness · Mental Health · Mindfulness

Saying a heartfelt hello

Earlier this week, I was feeling depleted of energy. I’d been placing a lot of energy into my work and seemed to have met a dead-end with a project I was working on, all the while knowing that what I had written wasn’t the final product and that I’d have to dig deeper. There were… Continue reading Saying a heartfelt hello

Happiness · Mental Health · Self Esteem

Embodying peace and love

Whilst some may wake in the night and start pondering on the stresses of life, I found myself waking in the early hours one morning, thinking about how being a best friend to ourselves and treating people as we would like to be treated ourselves work towards one common goal. That goal is embodying peace… Continue reading Embodying peace and love

Happiness · Mindfulness

The Laughter Yoga Experiment

A few weeks ago, I attended a laughter yoga class at The Museum of Happiness, London. Part of the class looked at our different emotions, characterising them, imagining what types of laugh they would have, and then playing these characters out. For example, ‘The Ruminator’ might have a melodramatic laugh due to repeatedly capturing you… Continue reading The Laughter Yoga Experiment

Happiness · Mental Health · Mindfulness · Self Esteem

How to cultivate happiness

Today is International Day of Happiness! As my blog is dedicated to the wonderful topic of happiness, I thought I would share 5 tips of how to cultivate happiness in your life. 1. Make a happiness action plan and stick to it It’s too easy to let life happen instead of choosing what events to… Continue reading How to cultivate happiness

Happiness · Meditation · Mental Health · Mindfulness

The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Today I’m reviewing The Joy of Living : Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Eric Swanson. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a revered Tibetan Buddhist master who acquired knowledge in neuroscience, studying alongside leaders in the field. The Joy of Living is curated by Eric Swanson from transcripts by the… Continue reading The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Creativity · Happiness · Mental Health · Mindfulness

My Favourite Things Challenge

Last week I posted an image to my Instagram page, accompanied by the caption (and in my mind, singing voice of Julie Andrews playing Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music), “Droplets on branches after the rain, these are a few of my favourite things”. It got me thinking about how this iconic scene… Continue reading My Favourite Things Challenge

Happiness · Lifestyle

My Internal Journey to the Galapagos

Today I have finished my holiday to the wonderful Galapagos Islands. Sitting just off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are known for their extraordinary wildlife and microclimates. They were made famous by the great naturalist and explorer, Charles Darwin, who spent a total of only eleven days on the islands before writing his… Continue reading My Internal Journey to the Galapagos

Happiness · Lifestyle · Mindfulness

Mindfulness in Mindo Cloud Forest

Today I’m writing from Ecuador. I have completed the middle leg of a ten day trip, exploring the wonderful nature that Ecuador has to offer. An amazing part of the trip has involved staying at a lovely ecolodge, El Monte, in the Mindo cloud forest region. Entering the lodge was already a lovely adventure, via… Continue reading Mindfulness in Mindo Cloud Forest