Happiness Hub

Change Without Effort??

What if you could make a huge difference to your health with hardly ANY effort?! Would you want to know more? Read on as we’ve got the answers you need to get started.

In talking to thousands of people over the years about their health, we’ve seen the difference that tiny changes in diet and lifestyle can make on overall happiness.

From this, the Happiness Hub was born.

The Happiness Hub

The Happiness Hub is a place to come to find out how food influences your mood and energy levels. There are so many factors involved in the development of health problems that affect your mood and this is a place where you can unravel them. Pick and choose what to read or which videos to watch and interact with us and other readers via the comments.

Case Study

Anna is a client that came to me about her energy levels. She told me straight away that she was a yo-yo dieter and had trouble committing to changes. We talked about her history of eating habits. I asked her to take one day to monitor her protein intake and showed her how. That was one small thing that she committed to and she could feel good about when it was complete.

Because of this small action, she became more aware of how much she needed. As she learned more, naturally her awareness led her to buy the foods she needed to include, without even planning for it. When those foods were in her house, she was more likely to eat them. She also learned more about what else might help her energy levels.

Today, Anna has incorporated a lot of changes into her daily life, but it all started with that one commitment she made to herself.

Food First

I am often struck by how many people come to see me about low energy and low mood. Many of my clients are suffering from burnout or on their way to recovery and are now thinking about their diet.

What if we turned around our way of thinking?

What if we focussed on food first? What if we got sick and our first thought was about what we’d been eating lately? What if we chose just ONE THING to change in our daily food habits?

Could that ONE THING have a knock on effect to topple the hugest burden (or domino) we experience in our life?

When Sir Dave Brailsford became head of British Cycling in 2002, the team had almost no record of success: British cycling had only won a single gold medal in its 76-year history. That quickly changed under Sir Dave’s leadership. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, his squad won seven out of 10 gold medals available in track cycling, and they matched the achievement at the London Olympics four years later.

The British Cycling’s (ex)Performance Director, Sir Dave Brailsford is a fan of incrementalism. Here’s what he says about helping many cyclists become gold medalists,

“The whole principle came from the idea that if you broke down everything you could think of that goes into riding a bike, and then improved it by 1%, you will get a significant increase when you put them all together.”

In Praise of Incrementalism

So could we apply this to our health? Using incrementalism in our own health, we can break down all the possible things that might contribute to, say, burnout. If we could improve each of these by 1%, could you more easily recover from burnout? Could you more easily gain the advantage you need in your energy to continue doing the things you need to or that you love to do?

The Domino Effect

In 2009, highschool teacher Stephen Morris uploaded a video to Youtube that demonstrated the domino effect. He explains the physics of how pushing over a 5mm high domino can eventually topple a piece that is over a metre tall and weighs more than 45kg. That is incredible! What if we just made one tiny change in our food habits? It may just domino into a major change in our health.

We all suffer from overwhelm sometimes, no one escapes it. It’s about learning the tools you need to minimise it, to kick its butt to the door! By breaking large goals down into tiny, seemingly innocent changes, you take a huge, heavy domino and push it over without effort. You regain your energy by committing to ONE THING. So, where do you want to start? Click here for inspiration.

That’s where the Happiness Hub comes in. The Happiness Hub is a place to go for answers; to look for the ONE THING you can do to increase your happiness. To feel more comfortable, less bloated, full of energy…whatever you need to feel happier.