Welcome to Hey Happy!

Hey Happy is a free, fun, interactive mental health app focused on improving your mood and overall well-being. Hey Happy provides you with information, tools, and techniques – all backed by science – to beat the blues and take advocacy over your mental health. You don’t have to feel clinically depressed to benefit from this…

Can Hey Happy improve my mood?

Hey Happy is a fun, interactive mental health web-based app designed to improve your mood and overall well-being. Hey Happy is designed on the principle of neuroplasticity. Implementing the information, tools, and techniques – all backed by science – will give you the opportunity to change the structures in your brain to think, feel and…

Listen to create a connection

“We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.”   Carl Rogers, Rogerian psychologist. Something that I remind my clients of is the idea that as human beings we ideally need…

Experiences create happiness

Experiences more than things create a sense of happiness. For centuries, consumerism sells the idea that you can find happiness when you buy a certain product or service. That you will be happy when offered the opportunity to buy whatever your heart desired. Is the secret to happiness owning more things? Or is it doing…

Hug for happiness

During a global pandemic, social distancing has been encouraged and with this, we faced a great loss- the act of hugging someone. Something that we had taken for granted became so invaluable and something that we craved. So why should we hug someone? Hugging is a wonderfully diverse thing. It’s something that we do to…

Pay it forward to get an emotional boost

What does it mean to pay it forward? It means that we are doing something humanistic for someone not to benefit us but those who might not even know who we are. Dr. Elizabeth Dunn, a social psychologist at the University of British Columbia has found through her studies that being generous towards others is…

The golden spice and your mood

Turmeric is considered the ‘golden spice of life’. Regular use of turmeric has been proven to improve mood as well as memory and attention. So, how does a turmeric latte sounds right about now? Turmeric grows in tropical and subtropical regions around the world. Turmeric is part of the ginger family and is considered a…

Do something fun to improve your mood

Well-being is made up of a few factors: happiness, satisfaction, enjoyment, contentment, engagement, fulfillment and resilience. These factors are all somewhat interlinked. Enjoyment according to the Cambridge dictionary means ‘a feeling of happiness or pleasure’. A number of questions come to mind when thinking about the abstract concept of ‘enjoyment’. What does enjoyment really mean…

Vitamin B12 & your mood

Vitamin B12 plays an important role in your mood. We need to feed our bodies to survive, yet we seldom think about the function of the foods we select. Are we getting the nutrition we need for our bodies and minds to function? Are we intentional in getting enough protein? Or balancing out carbohydrates with…

Community creates happiness

Happiness is a broad concept to define. Many elements contribute to a sense of happiness. One of those elements, actually a big part can be contributed to our ability to connect with others, to have meaningful relationships, and to feel a sense of community. Time and again—across decades of research—people who say they’re happy have…

Drug use do affect your mood

In general, individuals start experimenting with drugs out of curiosity or peer pressure. Some individuals start to misuse drugs to perform better (to increase their focus or concentration) or even to feel better. Most people believe they can control their use. But drugs can quickly take over your life. While many people have been educated…

Are ‘should’ and ‘must’ statements affecting your happiness?

According to McKay and Fanning (2016), “Reality hardly matters”. It’s rather the belief of reality that shapes our world. The way we think about events, and the judgments we ascribe, as a result, determines our reaction towards it and towards ourselves. One important cognitive distortion (or ‘thinking error’) that will be discussed in this article…