A Happy Teacher journey

How to build a happy brain

Say hello to your brain.  Is it your best friend, your worst enemy, or maybe just a bit of a stranger? A healthy, happy brain is key to your capacity to thrive.  It’s tempting to think that all you need to do to be happy is isolate the part of the brain that deals...

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How exercise can boost your happiness

I know that exercise is good for me, but that doesn’t mean I always manage to do it.  Some mornings the very last thing I feel like doing is getting out of bed and heading outside to run.  But as hard as that first step is, I don’t think I’ve ever regretted going –...

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Do you need to dial up the positivity?

Do you consider yourself to be a positive person?   Being positive doesn’t mean being happy all of the time.  And it’s about more than empty mantra’s like Think Positive.  Being positive is about thinking in ways that support your goals, focusing on solutions and...

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Some thoughts on how to stay sane

How are you?   I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that our lives, and our work, fundamentally changed in March.  Now that the Easter holidays are here, I’ve been reflecting on the approaches that I’ve found useful, and I thought I’d share some ways in...

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Do your habits make you happy?

A habit is a behaviour that has been repeated enough times to become automatic.  They’re reliable solutions to recurring problems.  Your brain loves them because they require very little thought or effort on its part.  In fact, that’s the ultimate purpose of habits:...

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Can a short course on happiness improve your wellbeing?

The answer is yes!  A recent study by the Oxford University Wellbeing Centre found that a short course on happiness can raise your life satisfaction by about 15% - that’s bigger than the psychological boost you get from finding a new job or a new life partner.  Pretty...

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