3 feel-good stories to break up bleak news

We bring you three feel-good stories to break up the daily barrage of tough news The first thing I heard this morning was my partner reel off the potential of…

10 things to do in November

Rest, relax, and recharge. Make time for meditation, pick up a book to brighten your day, and marvel at the world around you 1. Page-turners Kind Words for Unkind Days…

6 essential money-saving tips

Use these simple money-saving tips to put away some funds for a rainy day Straight in your basket It’s easy to be drawn in by impulse buys when you’re wandering…

What is surge capacity?

In times of crisis, we all have reservoirs of emotional energy that we can call into action, to help us cope with the initial challenges. But what happens when those…

Urgent improvement needed in endometriosis care

Endometriosis sufferers have called for action from government as new report shows no improvement in diagnosis or care in a decade The second most common gynaecological condition in the UK,…

8 misconceptions about sight loss

We would hope that many partially-sighted people feel supported by those around them, and yet so often a lack of awareness can put barriers to this. Here, we debunk the…

A sign of the times: Kim's story

During the recent pandemic, the importance of human connection became even more clear to the world, and was the catalyst for Kim’s drive to support the deaf community Over the…

The mental impact of IVF

More than 20,000 IVF babies are born in the UK each year. But, for every success, there are many heartbreaks. Could more be done to support the mental health of…

55% of people say climate change is affecting their mental health

A new study reveals that the consequences of climate change stretch beyond the environment and our physical health Over the past few years, climate change has, rightly so, been brought…

Watching nature documentaries boosts wellbeing, study finds

It’s no surprise that spending time in nature is good for us, and even better when we exercise in a natural setting. But what happens when we’re limited by our…

Workplace phrases that spark anxiety, and how to deal with them

‘Let’s have a chat’, ‘It’s come to my attention…’, ‘Please advise’, these common workplace phrases strike fear in the hearts of many of us. But why do they have such…

How to beat the 3pm slump

Do you often lose concentration and find yourself devoid of energy in the afternoon? If so, you’re not alone – but there are ways to boost both your vitality, and…

Breaking the silence: Emma's story

Please be aware this article contains details that some readers may find distressing. In 1981, I was sexually abused by the restaurant owner who befriended my family on a holiday…

A Salve for Disconnection in our Pandemic World

It’s been seven months since living in our coronavirus reality.  Activities and normal ways of living are modified or all together blocked for many of us as we continue to…

Lockdown Letters: From father to daughter

Separated by more than 9,000 miles, father and daughter David and Rebecca Adams pen letters, reflecting on their relationship, and the things they do to feel close while living on…

6 steps to build a better relationship with your body

It’s time to stop begrudging our stretch marks, moaning about our shape, or resenting our poor eyesight – and instead remember just how wonderful our bodies really are… Our bodies…

Mental health support searches by 18–24-year-olds have increased by 175%

Data from Counselling Directory reveals a 175% increase in people aged between 18-24 looking for mental health support throughout September Following concerns over students’ mental health and wellbeing due to…

It’s time for greater investment in mental health

This year, the theme of World Mental Health Day 2020 is focused on greater investment in mental health care and research. And it’s never been more needed Over the past…

More support needed for people who self-harm

Samaritans warns that mental health services in England are inadequate and more people will suffer if improvements are not made Although it may not seem like it, at its root,…

8 things people with anxiety will relate to

From overthinking to being told to ‘calm down’, we explore the things we have in common when it comes to living with anxiety When we’re going through periods of poor…

10 eco-friendly life hacks

Save the planet, save money, and save time with these DIY, environmentally-friendly tips Glow-up Whether you manage to get abroad this year, or are venturing to the coast for a…

Nutrition experts urge us to eat ‘real food’ this winter

The Institute for Optimum Nutrition is calling for consumers to opt for real food this winter, instead of overly processed diet food Over the summer, the government announced a new…

A practical guide to self-care

Columnist Grace Victory shares essential steps towards accepting that your health and wellbeing matter, plus ways to start taking better care of yourself today The concept of ‘self-care’ was first…

7 steps to tackling the symptoms of SAD

Do you find your mood takes a dip over the winter months? If so, you may be experiencing seasonal affective disorder. But the good news is, there are ways to…

Is it time we switched to gender-neutral skincare products?

The skincare mega-brands and supermarkets seem set on reminding us women and men are completely different, but our skin has more similarities than we think. Is it time to think…

COVID-19 causes major disruption to critical mental health services, survey finds

The World Health Organization (WHO) finds critical mental health services significantly disrupted and some even halted in first COVID-19 global survey The survey of 130 countries found that 93% reported…

Unmasking mental health in the deaf community

More so than ever before, the mental health of the deaf community is being impacted by world events. It’s time to read the signs, and lend a hand to those…

Could increasing paid paternity leave benefit dads’ mental health?

As France doubles paid paternity leave for new fathers, we ask, how could this change benefit dads’ mental health? At the end of September French President Emmanuel Macron announced plans…

5 ways to be a happy freelancer

With her new book being your go-to guide for all things freelance, who better to share the secrets of how to protect your mental health while bossing your own business,…

Hangxiety: why do we make our anxiety worse with alcohol?

Co-founders of the Love Sober community and authors of Love Yourself Sober, Kate and Mandy explain how we’re making our anxiety worse with alcohol Have you ever had that feeling…

Image editing apps: The problem for our mental health

Does social media negatively affect your body image? Do you feel that you have to edit your selfies to post them online? You’re not alone It’s undeniable that having a…

8 soothing affirmations to repeat when anxiety strikes

When anxiety takes over, soothe your racing mind with these uplifting, empowering affirmations Whether it takes place over a prolonged period of time or just before a big event, anxiety…

Black Lives Matter opened the wounds I had tried to hide: Jane's story

The global anti-racism protests convinced Jane it was time to embrace her heritage, stop trying to fit in, and confront the prejudice she had faced for years How did I…

4 black postboxes to honour Black British people

Four postboxes across the UK have been painted black to celebrate Black History Month in October The Royal Mail postboxes located in London, Cardiff, Glasgow and Belfast each feature an…

Business leaders' mental health at risk as second wave approaches

A staggering 78% of business leaders experienced poor mental health when COVID hit. Experts warn upcoming tighter restrictions could spur a second wave According to Bupa Global’s Executive Wellbeing Index,…

How to make ready meals nutritious

Ready meals may well have a bad reputation, but is it actually deserved? We say they don’t have to be unhealthy, and have some tips to make them a little…

UK anxiety levels have risen dramatically in the past 12 years

More people are struggling with their mental health than ever before, as the biggest study of its kind finds an ‘explosion’ of anxiety in British people The financial crash, austerity,…

Jay Shetty on how to transform your mindset

When it comes to finding your purpose, Jay Shetty has been on a unique personal journey. But now, the former monk-turned-global keynote speaker, life coach, and podcast host is sharing…

The psychology behind watching post-apocalyptic films during a pandemic

A new survey has revealed that one in four Brits has watched post-apocalyptic films during the pandemic New data released by NOW TV reveals that Brits have been turning to…

What to do when you feel hopeless

Follow these tips to harness pockets of positivity when you’re going through periods of helplessness We all feel hopeless every now and then – whether it stems from anxiety about…

Happiful readers share their hopes, fears, and tips as Covid-19 restrictions tighten

As restrictions come back into force, and a second lockdown is on the cards, we reached out to Happiful readers to find out how they are feeling in the wake…

10 tips to get back into fitness after a break

Personal trainer Jemma Thomas shares her top tips for returning to exercise after a break Taking a holistic approach to health is something we highly encourage here at Happiful. We…

The seven-day plastic-free challenge

The world produces more than 380 million tonnes of plastic every year, and this can take up to 500 years to decompose. So is it possible to kick the habit?…

Why mental health research must be an ongoing priority in response to COVID-19 – joint statement with Academy of Medical Sciences

Six months on from our publication in The Lancet Psychiatry, read our joint statement with the Academy of Medical Sciences about why funding mental health research should be an urgent…

What are the mental health symptoms of ‘long COVID’?

Counselling could be vital for recovery from certain long-term Coronavirus symptoms including brain fog, experts reveal By now, we’re all aware of the key Coronavirus symptoms: a high temperature, a…