22 Jan How to be happy
As an introduction to her new column starting next week, Dr Cecilia d’Felice explains how therapy offers a proven, scientific route to feeling good about yourself.
Emotional experience and clinical practice have taught me that happiness is a state of mind that is maintained through acceptance, compassion, resolution, altruism and humour. Basic needs such as sleep, diet, relaxation and exercise are also essential ingredients in promoting wellbeing and these too will be discussed. I hope to explore with you what it means to be happy, encouraging you to adopt some of the methods, techniques and philosophies that may help alter your state of mind and create both happiness and wellbeing in your life and the lives of those close to you. Next week, we will begin to look at stress: what it is, why it appears to be endemic and what we can all do about it.