Expert advice on emotional wellbeing

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Julie Whitehead, UK Laughter Yoga Ambassador:

“Everyone can learn to be happier, by practicing a few simple techniques: because your mind and body are inextricably linked, you can think yourself happy.

Lasting happiness won’t be found in a Lottery win, or a Gucci handbag or a new Porsche. All these things are transitory, lasting happiness comes from within - it’s an inside job. You can learn to change the way you feel, which is incredibly empowering and then you can take responsibility for your own happiness, rather than looking for someone or something else to provide it for you.

Here are a few tips for everyday practice:

  1. Start your day with a stretch and a smile - even before you get out of bed

  2. Learn to focus on the positive - seeing the glass half full rather than half empty

  3. Spend a few minutes in mindful breathing - being in the present moment - not in the past or worrying about the future

  4. Do a good deed or act of kindness for someone - it’s a Win/Win situation. They feel better and so do you

  5. Be grateful for all the things that you do have, rather than focusing on what you don’t have


Louise Presley-Turner, one of the UK's leading life coaches of

"So many of us out there are ‘givers’ (especially us mums) always running around making sure the kids have gone off to school with the right lunch box, making sure we’ve paid the telephone bill, put the bins out, defrosted the chicken, emptied the dishwasher or made the beds. There is always something that diverts us away from spending time nourishing ourselves. Even if we did have a spare five minutes in our already manic schedule, most of us wouldn’t have a clue what to do with it!

“Over time we have just become accustomed to the frighteningly fast pace of life we live. But it’s time to slow down and recognise our own needs. If we don’t nourish ourselves we quickly become unbalanced. Our tank slowly runs dry and we’re left feeling weary, exhausted and even resentful. I have come to realise that if we don’t look after ourselves no one else will. We have to recognise when we have become unbalanced. We have to make time to take care of our own well-being both physically, mentally and spiritually. When we do this, it shows the outside world that we care and value ourselves and when others see this, they start treating us with the love and respect we deserve. Ask yourself today: If you could spend a little time nourishing yourself, what would you do? From having an early night with your favourite book, spending an afternoon clothes shopping alone, to enjoying a weekend away at a spa."

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