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Caroline Flack: A woman who laughed loudly, loved hard and felt deeply

I distinctly remember the moment when the news notification came through about Caroline’s death last year. I felt a deep sense of sadness for Caroline, her family and everyone that knew and loved her and an equal sense of anger, for her, that this was how her life had ended. I know that so many people felt the same, despite having never met Caroline. In the months before her death, Caroline had been regularly featured on the front pages of newspapers, as the court case around an altercation with her partner loomed. She looked like a shell of her former […]

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Bodyform’s mission to close the gender pain gap

Aligning with endometriosis awareness month, Bodyform’s latest campaign asks women to share their pain stories “Women are born with pain built in, it’s our physical destiny — period pain, sore boobs, childbirth, you know. We carry it with ourselves throughout our lives.” I remember nodding along furiously when this soliloquy came up in TV show Fleabag. Experiencing regular pain has certainly been my experience of womanhood. Whether it’s painful sex or period pain, a great deal of my energy goes towards finding ways of reducing pain – my latest investment being a tens machine to use when cramps knock me […]

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The Fascinating Reason We Sabotage Ourselves and Hold Ourselves Back

“Sometimes we self-sabotage just when things seem to be going smoothly. Perhaps this is a way to express our fear about whether it is okay for us to have a better life.” ~Maureen Brady Have you ever decided to try something new—like getting into a new relationship or doing something that would help you experience success in your career/mission or offer you more vibrant health and well-being—and you were able to follow through for a bit, but then you stopped? Was this self-sabotage? Was it procrastination? Did you know that self-sabotage and procrastination can be survival mechanisms, and they’re actually […]

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Roman Kemp: ‘Are you ok?’ is the most important question you can ask a friend

Roman Kemp’s BBC documentary Our Silent Emergency explores the personal impact of suicide, the rising rates in suicide among young men and why deeper conversations about men’s emotions is so crucial TW: This article focuses in some depth on the subject of suicide, so please be advised if you think this might be triggering for you. In August 2020, Joe Lyons, Roman Kemp’s much-loved best friend and work colleague died by suicide. Roman and his tight knit group of mates were totally blindsided by Joe’s sudden and unexpected death, and understandably their devastation at the loss of such a special […]

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Meet the female entrepreneurs tackling societal challenges

40 entrepreneurs announced as the winners of Women in Innovation Awards 2020/21 Female entrepreneurs pioneering social change through business have been recognised across the UK for their work in innovation to challenge the status quo, champion gender diversity and make the new world of 2021, better for all of us. The 40 women recognised in these prestige awards champion breakthrough ideas that tackle a range of societal, environmental and economic challenges including underrepresentation of minority communities, mental health, sexual health, sustainability and climate challenges. The backing of the awards support these exceptional women in moving forward with their life-changing business […]

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Samaritans: “We are your safe space”

Samaritan’s Lucia Capobianco joins Happiful’s podcast to talk about the work Samaritans do, how to get help if you’re having suicidal thoughts, and ways to open up a conversation if you think someone is struggling There’s been an increase in conversations about suicide in the media over the past few weeks, and as Happiful continually sets out to challenge stigma around mental health and to provide a supportive community – we wanted to offer information about the support available if you, or for someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts. We’re delighted that Lucia Capobianco from Samaritans offered to speak […]

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Animal magic: the life-enhancing power of pets

From pooches to parakeets, koi to cats, our animals can have a profound effect on our mental wellbeing. But why is that, and are there things we can do to deepen the connection even further? They’re in our homes, our hearts, and our passwords – and it really goes without saying that pets play a huge role in enriching our lives. In the UK, 12 million (44% of) households own pets, with an estimated 51 million pets owned in total. Cats and dogs top the charts as the most popular companions – no surprises there – but beloved pets come […]

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Things to do in April

Spring into action by learning something new this April. Focus on your wellbeing, and find happiness in unexpected places… 1. Page-turners Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learningby Tom Vanderbilt When was the last time you learned a new skill? Perhaps you taught yourself to plait hair, or finally mastered the art of wall panelling. An exploration of our brain plasticity and how we learn, Beginners challenges the idea that learning new skills is something only children can do, and will have you juggling all of your new skills in no time. (Atlantic Books, £16.99) 2. Put on […]

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Menstrual moods and PMS: staying on track

Most of us could be more in-tune with our mind and body, but for those who menstruate, having a clear understanding of your monthly cycle is particularly important. Whether it’s knowing when PMS is around the corner, or pinpointing the days when you’re likely to be most productive, tracking your cycle and mood can be truly beneficial… We all know that premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is common the week before your period, with 5–8% of people struggling with severe PMS that impacts their lives. But have you ever thought about how it changes throughout your cycle? There are several stages that […]

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Feel-good stories you might have missed this March

Good things are happening all around us, you just have to look for them. Here, we round-up 10 feel-good stories you might have missed this March 1. Thousands return to nature in search of pandemic relief When things get tough, a go-to piece of advice is: “Get some fresh air and take a breather.” And a new study published in PLOS ONE reveals that, throughout the pandemic, people are doing just that. The research, which involved residents of the US state of Vermont, examined how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted people’s relationships with nature.One of the first published studies of […]

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