Tag Archive: happiness

  • Talking happiness on radio

    Speaking on the Voice of Islam Breakfast show. We talk about the small things we can do to make ourselves more happy.

  • Forest Medicine

    The idea is simple: spending time in the forest can have calming, healing effects on our physical and physiological health and wellbeing.

    Shinrin-Yoku or ‘Forest bathing’ was developed and introduced in Japan in 1982.  It has since become hugely relevant in preventative healing and medicine in Japan. Over 8 years and $4million worth of research have resulted in scientifically proven studies demonstrating the calming and healing effects of simply being and spending time in the ambience of nature and wilderness. Here is a list of proven, researched benefits and reasons we should spend time amongst the trees:

    • Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body’s Natural Killer (NK) cells
    • Reduced blood pressure
    • Reduced stress
    • Improved mood
    • Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
    • Accelerated recovery form surgery or illness
    • Increased energy levels

    Source: The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs

    We have always know this intuitively.  Now we have access to scientific research and evidence to support it.  Taking just 15 minutes out of our fast paced, modern civilisation to spend time in a forest or park can entirely change and soothe your day.

  • Kids on happiness

    Wonderful talk from a 13 year old on creativity. How moving out of mainstream school made him happier and more creative.

  • 12 step road to happiness

    Here’s a list of 12 areas that come up as being the best things we can do to get on the road to happiness fast.

  • David Lynch Foundation

    The David Lynch Foundation has a mission to get TM Meditation available to disadvantaged groups.

  • Top 5 things before we die…

    There’s a study of a nurse who tended to the infirm during her career. She recorded the most common regrets of the dying.

  • Why kissing is good for you…

    Everyone loves a kiss, don’t they? When someone leans over and plants a big kiss on us, don’t we just smile inside?

  • Getting the balance…

    I was in the midst of a tough personal time – one of the hardest times in my life – when I first got introduced to meditation by a close friend.

  • New Year: New Beginnings

    This is the best time of year to reflect on what’s been going on and what you would like to do differently.

  • The gift of peace and calm

    Why do we apply so much pressure to ourselves? Is it from working to conform to an idea of what we should be doing?

  • Happiness is growing

    The Economist writes this week about happiness being one of the more surprising growth industries of the current time.

  • Love and appreciation

    To give love, feel love, give appreciation, feel appreciated – all these have the power to transform our life.

  • We’re getting happier…

    Official research out today shows we are living happier these days despite the fact that things around us are more difficult for many people.

  • ‘Get real’ they told me…

    I did a BBC interview with Steve Wright for Radio 2 on happiness and tips on how to run your mind.