The UN’s International Day of Happiness is on March 20th. Author Natalie Savvides is lending her support to this vital awareness day as part of her mission to help every girl, teenager and woman feel less alone, and happier, by living their life their own way and being true to themselves. Her book, Full Circle (2016, Pegasus), is a refreshingly honest and raw account of growing up, and includes a series of unedited diary extracts taken from her journals from the age of 13 to her 30s.
1) Tell yourself: “It’s going to be a good day!”
Tell yourself this from the moment you wake up. And believe it. Every time something appears to get in the way, remind yourself again: “It’s going to be a good day”. Positive psychology is powerful. Convince yourself and you will create it. The more you believe it, the more it will happen.
2) SMILE: It’s a cliché,
I know, but it really works. Even if you don’t feel like it – smile. It is proven to release stress. Smile at yourself in the mirror (force it if you must…), smile at others in the street. You will feel the benefit throughout yourself.
3) Stop comparing!
Don’t compare the external worlds of others with your internal world. Lots of people project images that are not a true reflection of their real selves or lives. Comparisons are the thieves of joy!
4) Be grateful:
This cannot be underestimated. Focus on all the good things in your life and feel proper gratitude for them – right down to your health and the roof over your head. Feeling grateful and appreciative sparks happiness. The more you do it, and focus on what you do have as opposed to what you don’t have, the more it will come naturally.
5) Deep breaths:
Remember to take deep breaths. Stop, listen to your breathing for a few seconds and take a big, deep breath. By doing this regularly you will feel more relaxed and energised. The deep intake of oxygen circulates and energises the body and mind.
About the Author:
Natalie Savvides is married to a wonderful man and lives in South West London with their two children under five. She works from home, mostly writing and being a Mum, and has written diaries since the age of 13, documenting almost every thought, feeling and experience since then. Natalie is a self-confessed ‘observer and contemplator of life’. Her ultimate goal has always been to find true love and harmony. She has strived for what she calls ‘perfection’ for many years believing it to be the key to happiness. This has often been incredibly draining, even debilitating, but time taught her that perfection is neither the answer, nor entirely possible.
Natalie is regularly called upon for advice both within her own network in London but also further afield via her social media platform and blog, and now specialises in supporting women and teenage girls in their pursuit of happiness. “I don’t judge and I believe that the way I have lived my life until now, and what I have learnt, put me in a credible position to write the book and to help people live a happy, fulfilling life”. Contact Natalie here https://natalieunedited.com/.
Natalie Savvides is a married Mum of two young children under five who lives in South-West London. She is the author of Full Circle, published in 2016 by Pegasus, which is a memoir with a difference.
Natalie dedicates her time to helping others with their problems, much like a ‘happiness coach’.
In honour of International Day of Happiness Natalie will, on the morning of March 20th, be giving away free copies of Full Circle to teenage girls, career women and Mums on Kensington High Street. Her aim is to show these women that they’re not alone in their problems, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and to give people another reason to feel happy on this International Awareness Day.
is also going to be visiting secondary schools throughout south-east England, starting in March 2017, to talk to them about the experiences and emotions that are so overlooked and not commonly discussed in schools, from bullying to eating issues, drinking to friendships, drugs to anxiety. She will be gifting each school a copy of her book – Full Circle – for the library. She aims to continue this connection with the teenage students by returning to the school to answer their questions after reading the book (the content usually sparks a series of questions) and to offer one-to-one support when required.
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