A happy gut = a happy mind!

The gut microbiome refers to all the microorganisms that live in the gut. Humans have between 300 – 500 different species of bacteria in their digestive tracts, both healthy and unhealthy (Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology). At the beginning of life, bacteria are passed from the mother to the baby and thereafter, bacteria are picked…

Retrieving happy memories will boost your mood.

You are lying in bed or sitting on the sofa and the most spectacular images fill your mind. There are flashes of dark green, the same dark green as the trees in the forest behind your old home. The amazing wonderland where you made friends with bugs, built houses made of mud, and lay in…

Validation matters to your mood

Validation is a key element in strengthening relationships. Validation says: ‘I see you. You matter’. In a world where we are constantly chasing happiness or success, we forget to pause for a moment to appreciate what we have in the here-and-now. Have you ever considered the benefits of giving thanks or validating yourself/someone else? Have…

Trauma-induced mood states

‘Trauma’ describes an experience of significant distress and is often thought of to involve a form of violence to the self or witness done to others. It does not have to be limited to violence and may involve an experience of distress such as deprivation in childhood or a life stressor such as forced migration….

Perfectionism no more!

‘Perfectionism’ is regarded as a strong need to perform at a mistake-free level and holding absolute high standards. In today’s fast-paced world, ambition and success are often thought to go hand-in-hand with perfectionism. Unfortunately, this positive connotation can hide the consequences of it such as burnout, and a negative impact on mental health, including symptoms…

Yoga and its positive effects on mood!

It’s a well-accepted fact that exercise improves your mood and your general sense of wellbeing. Not to mention the state of your physical body. So how do you choose what type of exercise to engage in, when you do? And why is the world going gaga over Yoga in particular? Derived from the Sanskrit word…

Get creative and boost your mood!

Getting creative helps the mind relax whilst also encouraging emotional expression and improving communication. Creativity allows the mind a break from the repetitive patterns and persistent habits of thought, which can provide a renewed sense of clarity.  Creativity encourages us to look at things as they are, rather than through veils of subjective perception. Providing…

Mindfulness also improves your mood!

We understand time to manifest in one of three tenses:  the past, the present, and the future.  We spend a great deal of our time (and mental energy) dwelling in memories of our past, regretting decisions we have made, longing we were younger; or worrying about our future, how we will pay our bills, and…

Retrain your brain for happiness

The ancient Hawaiian culture is known for its strong community bonds, living with a worldview based on peace, love and harmony. Sounds blissful, right? Well, you may be wondering what this has to do with you. Modern neuroscience has now shown that we can create our own reality by taking charge of our thought patterns…

Abstain….for a healthy brain and a happier you!

Cheers to making it this far! Most people who enjoy having a drink, or 2, or 3 immediately ignore or run away from anyone suggesting they should drink less. Hey Happy aims to educate and motivate you to make choices that will improve your mood and overall well-being. You get to decide whether you want…