By Nadine Hickman
The mind has fascinated me from a young age, I was introduced to the power of the mind when I worked with sports psychologists during my gymnastics career. During my teens and early twenties my mind caused me so much turmoil that I was determined to learn ways I could make my mind, my friend. Even today, I'm acutely aware of how my experience of life is dramatically affected by how I'm feeling mentally.
The science of wellbeing is a field that excites me, I love how the pursuit of happiness has gone from a fluffy concept to a legitimate and worthwhile goal. Science has brought us tried and tested theories and strategies to help us realise that lasting happiness is a goal we can all aspire to and achieve.
The concept below taken from the book, 'The How of Happiness' by Sonya Lyubomirsky, demonstrates that 40% of our capacity for happiness is within our control. How empowering! To discover that no matter what our genes, or our life circumstances, we have a large chunk of wiggle room to work with.
The knowledge that we have the potential to help ourselves increase our own levels of happiness got me so excited that I wanted everyone to know about it, especially given the worsening mental health situation in our society. This desire to educate and empower was my motivation behind launching the publication PEPTALK. I was determined to find an effective way to educate people with this knowledge, empower them with tools and strategies, and finally, inspire them to put it into practice.
I wanted to plant seeds that would help others experience the rewards for themselves, because even with all of the science and research that now exists, I feel there is no better evidence than experience.
3 ways to delve deeper and learn happiness enhancing strategies: