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…

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…

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…

Be assertive for a happier you!

I’ve often heard people associate boundaries with being selfish. As if taking care of yourself automatically results in neglecting those around you. However, more often than not, this is quite an inaccurate assumption. The implementation of healthy boundaries simply allows you to value yourself as much as you do those around you. It helps you…

Acts of kindness lead to a happier you!

Acts of kindness are a powerful tool to help you improve your mood and become a happier version of yourself. I truly believe the world will be a better place if we all intentionally and purposefully participate in kindness. Kindness not only towards others but to ourselves as well. Kindness is a quality seen through…

Healthy relationships are essential for a sense of happiness

The importance of relationships is essentially what makes us human and connects us to other human beings. It allows us to grow, love, respect and learn about life itself. ‘Relationships are imperative for many different reasons such as increasing our emotional well-being, creating stability, learning how to be a good friend or mate, having someone…

Managing conflict effectively will boost your level of happiness

Set your boundaries and keep them. We all find ourselves in difficult situations at times, for example where we disagree with someone or feel we need to confront them. Disagreements can be healthy and may provide you with an opportunity to assert yourself and stand up for something you believe in. In other cases, however,…

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…

Boost your happiness by saying ‘Thank You’

Happiness and gratitude are best friends. Writing a thank you note is a prosocial experience that will not only benefit the receiver but will benefit you as well. Gratitude reduces stress, boosts your immune system, and helps reduce negative emotions such as anger, anxiety, and depression. When you feel sad or depressed, you often lose…