Former Prime Minister of Finland, Alexander Stubb

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Alexander Stubb, former Prime Minister of Finland, believes that happiness comes from a balance of human contact, ongoing learning, and physical health. He thinks one essential component is an open mind: “Cynicism is an attempt to take the easy way out – it means you haven’t been curious enough.” And he thinks empathy is critical […]

Sing loud, sing proud, sing together, George Bell

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Music brings us huge benefits, especially around confidence and engagement, says On:Song co-founder George Bell. “When we sing with the correct diaphragmatic breathing, we feel clearer and more awake. It gives us the opportunity to mindfully reconnect with ourselves through the simple act of singing.” It also makes groups feel more connected, he says. “Not […]

Positivity practice

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Acclaimed Sophrologist Dominique Antiglio has a positivity exercise for us, for whenever stress or negative thoughts come to us. The practice taps into mind, body and breath. If you like the practice shared by Dominique here, check out BeSophro’s new Move Forward with Positivity course, which was developed specifically in response to how […]

Rediscover hope where we can

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As an actor, Michael Legge struggled for years with anxiety, panic attacks and lack of confidence, before seeking help when it started to affect his career. Learning ways to manage his anxiety and how to build his own confidence, he found a passion for coaching and teaching. His aim? To build clarity, connection […]

How to breathe better with a mask

Struggle & success

Many of us are struggling to find ways to breathe calmly and deeply while wearing a mask. Too often we find the breaths getting more and more shallow, which leads to increasing levels of anxiety. Breathwork coach Jamie Clements has worked with people recovering from covid-19, and shows us how to control our […]

Master your meaning, Jon Duschinsky

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“What is purpose?” asks social innovator Jon Duschinsky. It’s not only the thing that “lights us up”; it’s also the determination to do something about it. We have got really good at believing things have to be a certain way, but when you strip all those assumptions away, it’s scary. “But that’s the journey we […]

Employee Engagement Coach, Paul Krismer

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Author Paul Krismer teaches people how to be happy. We remember our experiences with fear, grief and panic because they make a big impact on us, and our brain uses them as learning experiences. If we work to create more impact around our positive experiences, our brain will recall them more readily. Paul says: “Look […]

Former Head of Happiness at Coca-Cola, Silvia Garcia

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How much of our happiness comes from genetics and how much from circumstance? Silvia Garcia, former president of Coca-Cola’s Happiness Institute, says research tells us it’s around 50% from our genetics, 30-40% from things that we do, and around 10% from things that happen to us (and the happiness from the 10% is more temporary). […]

Questions to ponder in 2021

Struggle & success

Anna Percy-Davis New Year’s day has come and gone in a particular blur this year and so too have many of my potential New Year’s Resolutions. What is it about New Year’s resolutions anyway? They seem to be a really clever (or perhaps not so clever) way of setting ourselves up to fail. Besides, looking […]

World’s most influential Happiness Researcher, Meik Wiking

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Meik Wiking, CEO of The Happiness Institute, explores what makes us happy. “It’s about having a sense of connection, a sense of purpose, and exploring positive emotions on a daily basis,” he says. During the pandemic, our sense of connection has suffered, he says, which impacts our daily mood, overall life satisfaction and the meaning […]

Respectful interventions at work

Struggle & success

Kindness at work also means kindness to ourselves right now, says wellbeing consultant Catrin Donnelly. She says we don’t do enough to ask our colleagues how they’re doing, if we think they are working too hard, or not taking enough breaks, or look like they could be struggling. “Have a proper conversation. Look […]

Sticker on the mirror

Struggle & success

Imagine the wonderful feeling of being completely happy in the skin you’ve been given. Hopefully, you feel that already? Therapist and counsellor Cat Williams says that the difficulty we have praising ourselves might also be because we don’t accept praise well from other people. She says: “We might think we are just being […]

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