THE KEYSTONE OF HAPPINESS
Take a look below at our latest articles and musings, as well as tips and tricks about getting the most out of your life.
5 KEYS TO HAPPINESS
It appears we are on the brink of a second lockdown, only this time we know what to expect.
Although the thought of losing control over your life and daily actions again probably seems daunting, there is much we can learn from our first experience. Making some simple changes to your daily routine can support your mental health and wellbeing during this challenging time.
There are 5 widely researched and accepted aspects of life that are proven to affect happiness and life satisfaction. They are summarised in the acronym PERMA, which stands for: Positive emotion; Engagement; (positive) Relationships; Meaning; and Accomplishment/Achievement.
Focusing your attention towards these 5 elements can help improve your general happiness and life satisfaction.
Click below to find some simple activities you could do to ensure you cover these bases over the next few weeks.
MANIFESTATION: SUPERPOWER OR SELF-DELUSION?
Manifesting, visualisation, the law of attraction…? these buzzwords have seen a huge upsurge in interest, particularly since #lockdown, and #Manifestation now has a massive 4.3bn views on #TikTok! The big question: is this trend helpful positive thinking…or unhealthy self-delusion?
Followers say manifestation is bringing something into your physical reality through thought, feelings and beliefs. Simply put, whatever you focus on is what you bring into reality. Many people claim to have manifested exam results, dream jobs, weight loss and even better looks, and much of the online content focuses on achieving wealth and love.
Let’s be clear, there is no scientific proof for manifesting. However, when you consider it from a positive psychology perspective, it is easy to understand why manifestation works for some people.
ECO-PSYCHOLOGY: THE SCIENCE BEHIND HOW SPENDING TIME IN NATURE BENEFITS YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Throughout lockdown, we were encouraged to spend an hour outside undertaking some form of physical exercise - something we all know directly benefits our health.
What is less well known is that simply spending time in nature, be it in parks, forests or by the sea, has wide-ranging benefits for both physical health and psychological wellbeing.
I can understand why. Who hasn’t felt better after a walk in the woods, a paddle in the sea or a picnic in the park?
A growing body of research suggests exposure to the natural world can lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels; increase self-esteem, empathy and kindness; strengthen immune function; reduce anxiety; improve sleep; calm the nervous system and even boost creativity. Who doesn’t like the sound of that?
One recent study found that ‘shinrin-yoku’ or forest bathing was effective in reducing mental health symptoms such as depression, anxiety, stress and anger. Researchers also discovered this Japanese healing practice exposed practitioners to natural aerosols. Inhaling these during a forest walk led to increased levels of immune system Natural Killer cell activity*, a process which fights tumours and infections. (*Not as scary as they sound, unless you happen to be a virus).
So, what is the optimum dose of nature needed to improve health and wellbeing? Click below for the full article and recommendations for how you can reconnect with nature.