Gift of Giving

Gift of Giving

Boxing Day is one of those obscure holidays that we take and appreciate, but maybe do not think about so often. So, what is it all about and where did it originate from? One idea is thought to be that servants used to get the day after Christmas off to see their families and they were also given a gift box from their masters. Therefore, Boxing Day holds a nice message that maybe we are not so focused upon. It presents to us an opportunity — Read more →

Living with Illness

Living with Illness

Living with illness can only be described as one of the biggest challenges that anyone could ever face. It can easily strip a person of their self-esteem, dignity and sometimes even quality of life. No one can ever suggest that long-term illness is going to be easy to escape from. However, happiness does not have to be is unreachable even for people who are facing difficult times. There are things that can be done to keep yourself feeling upbeat even though it may feel like — Read more →

The problems of putting work first

The problems of putting work first

I recently read a heart-breaking article about a woman who feels a wide array of emotions as a working parent. She comments on how she feels like there are times she is a bad mother and does her career a disservice. I have no children, but I can totally empathise as I can understand it would be incredibly difficult to have to juggle between looking after your family and working. The problem seems to be that the UK is not as proactive towards creating a — Read more →

Coming together through Meditation

Coming together through Meditation

I have learnt a lot in the past year while working in the health and well-being Industry. One of the things that I have not only learnt about, but that I have come to delight in is meditation. It is an intriguing, beneficial and generally wonderful practice that can not only re-light the fire in our souls, but that can bring us out of difficult places. My initial thoughts were maybe similar to yours, how can this work? Why would this help anyone? Why do people — Read more →

Happiest place in the UK: An Islander’s Perspective

Happiest place in the UK: An Islander’s Perspective

The Outer Hebrides has once again been chosen as the happiest place in the UK to live. These breathtakingly beautiful islands hold a dear place in my heart; as it is where I was born, bred and had some of the best times of my life. You may be thinking, where is this place? Why would people be happy here, what does it have to offer? Believe it or not, shops, entertainment and city centres are not always necessary to make people happy! (and before — Read more →

ONS Wellbeing Survey 2016

ONS Wellbeing Survey 2016

Britain’s wellbeing continues to improve as the ONS’ (Office for National Statistics) new mass survey shows that overall levels of life satisfaction and happiness are on the rise. Started back in 2011, the annual ONS Personal Wellbeing in the UK Survey asked more than 150,000 people about how they rated themselves out of 10 in terms of: life satisfaction, how worthwhile they felt their life was, happiness and anxiety – with the aim of discovering where more needed to be done to improve wellbeing. The — Read more →

Being happy at university

Being happy at university

The new term is almost upon us for the new university year and more than ever it’s going to be a busy one – with a record number being accepted to institutions across the UK this year. But although the excitement of Freshers’ Week will provide a fun welcome to students in the coming weeks, that’s when the hard work really begins as the courses start and the deadlines and assignments pop up more and more often. Being at university can be incredibly stressful, and — Read more →

Summer Sunshine for your Mind

Summer Sunshine for your Mind

Summer’s the perfect time to make positive changes in your life when the weather’s nice and there’s plenty of motivation to help yourself feel as healthy and happy as possible. That’s why this July we’re focussing on helping you stock up on sunshine, giving you the inspiration and confidence you need to enjoy the rest of your summer and beyond. Taking the first step doesn’t take long, and there’s a few changes you can make right now!   Build your resilience Life can be challenging — Read more →

Lead the way

Lead the way

Leadership can be difficult. Sometimes you have to be willing to stand up against others for what you believe in and sometimes you have to make difficult decisions. The reality is though that leadership is something we will all have to take upon ourselves at some stage in our lives and so it is something you cannot escape. At the end of the day, whatever leadership opportunity you face today, all that matters is that you listen to your team and do what you feel — Read more →

The unseen side to the Euros

The unseen side to the Euros

Euro 2016. These are the words that a large proportion of the UK have been talking about for the last few weeks in anticipation of what is to come. Sometimes though we get quite passionate about the whole patriotism aspect, do we not? We find that because it is our particular country, that we have to push them to victory even more than in normal football leagues, when we push our own particular team. Even people who do not normally bother with football get involved — Read more →