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The reading playlists designed to transport you into the pages

The International Booker Prize and music streaming platform Deezer have joined forces to create six playlists to switch on while flicking through some of this year’s most exciting reads What kind of reader are you? Do you inhale books faster than you can say ‘Dostoyevsky’, or do you flick through leisurely in a stolen moment of peace? Perhaps you like to curl up with a cup of tea, or maybe your style is more on-the-go? However you do it, reading has the power to completely remove us from our e

Researchers say this song reduces anxiety by 65%

According to neuroscientists, this song has the power to reduce our anxiety levels by 65%. But how does it work? We speak to a clinical psychologist to find out more Music has the power to completely transform our state of mind. We can all relate to that feeling when our favourite song comes on the radio or driving through town singing along to a track that we know all the words to. Beyond that, music can also soothe us and help us relax, transporting us to a peaceful and tranquil place. But s

11 male body confidence bloggers you need to follow now

Discover the men who are putting body confidence in the spotlight Over the past decade, body confidence has really taken off, and it’s teaching all of us how to love and accept ourselves in a shamelessly self-celebratory way. And we need it now more than ever. According to a 2019 survey by the Mental Health Foundation and YouGov, one in five UK adults have felt shame, and one third felt down or low, about their body image in the past year. When it comes to learning how to love yourself, so of

Parents of autistic children feel let down by the government lockdown

A survey has found that 86% of parents of autistic children believe that there has been a damaging lack of government support over the last three months Throughout lockdown, we’ve all had our various challenges to contend with but, wanting to get an idea of how the measures have effected the families of autistic children, researchers from UCL and UEL have highlighted the particular caregiving and wellbeing challenges faced by parents. Of the 449 survey participants, 86% felt that the needs of

3 virtual talks to help you learn about the menopause

It’s a natural part of life, but how much do you really know about the menopause? Tune into the virtual talks that explore this important topic There’s an elephant in the room and it’s called the menopause. The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally. According to the NHS, the menopause occurs between 45 and 55 years of age and, in the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51. But, despite the fact that menopause is a

5 mental health lessons we've learned in lockdown

Five people share what lockdown has taught them about their mental health, and what they hope to keep up as we ease back to normal Lockdown has presented us with many challenges, but it has also brought opportunities to assess what’s really important to our lives and our wellbeing. As we break free from our routines and move at a slower pace, there are mental health lessons to be learned from lockdown living. Here, we explore the tips we want to take with us as things gradually return to norma

Black Minds Matter offers free counselling to Black people

Addressing the racist disparity in mental health care, the organisation pays for sessions with Black counsellors – and we can all get involved with supporting the cause Across the world, we’re finally beginning to face the implications and realities of generations of racial discrimination. And while there's a lot of hope to be found in the momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement, it has also been a deeply painful and triggering time. With that in mind, now is an important time to acknowled

20 greatest mental health books

Empathy, escapism, or insight, a good book can be like a friend in troubled times. In this entirely subjective list, we’ve compiled must-read books from our readers and colleagues, which have made a huge impact on their lives in times when they needed it most Joint winner of the Booker Prize 2019, Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives of 12 people as they navigate questions of class, race, sexuality, gender, and friendship. If you’ve ever been plagued by self-doubt, this book is a must-read.

What is Juneteenth and how can we mark it this year?

Discover the history behind the day, and learn how it’s relevant today Juneteenth is the national holiday that marks the anniversary of the emancipation proclamation in Texas, the last un-emancipated state in the USA, and the final step to freeing enslaved black Americans. While the emancipation proclamation was first signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, it took more than two years before all enslaved black Americans were free. Some landowners continued their operations in southern sta

Parents call for flexible working post-COVID-19

Nine in 10 working parents want to retain flexible working once life has returned to normal Without denying the life-changing challenges that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic, for many, there have been some positive aspects of lockdown life – and flexible working is one element at the forefront of many parent’s minds. A survey by the work-life balance charity Working Families found that pre-lockdown just 65% of parents and carers had flexible working opportunities, compared to 84% in lockd

5 fun activities you can do at a distance

Staying in touch with friends and family has never been more important, so how can you keep things exciting? Based on the Radio 4 show that asks guests to pick eight tracks, one book, and one luxury item to keep them entertained while stranded on a desert island – doing your own version is a great way to share the songs that shaped your life, and learn more about your nearest and dearest. Create a group chat, assign one person each night to share their selection, and listen to each track togeth

What is bibliotherapy?

Stories have the ability to guide us through life’s biggest challenges, and offer an escape when we need it most. Bibliotherapy is the practice that prescribes clients reading lists based on their needs and circumstances. But how does it work? Find more exclusive wellbeing content in Happiful magazine's July 2020 issue. Order your printed copy to be delivered straight to your door, or subscribe for our free digital edition. How did you feel when ‘the famous five’ discovered the map for Kirrin

7.4 million adults report loneliness since lockdown began

Across Great Britain, millions of adults are experiencing loneliness and poor wellbeing as a result of lockdown measures Since lockdown began on 23 March, people across the UK have been thrust into a new way of life. And that hasn’t come without consequences. A study from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that, from 3 April to 3 May 2020, 30.9% of adults (7.4 million) reported that they had seen their wellbeing negatively effected by loneliness, with a further 2.6 million adults r

Join the free webinar that explores practical solutions to racism

The webinar will offer a global perspective on racism, and look at the practical things each and every one of us can do to create an equal world We all have the power to make real and tangible change in the world around us. Standing up and addressing the racism that is still very prevalent in our societies is something that should be topping our priority lists. Education is a vital step to moving towards a more progressive and inclusive world, and there are many fantastic, informative resource

7 children's book series that teach us about the power of acceptance

Discover the children’s book series that put love, friendship, and acceptance in the spotlight The books that we read as children stay with us throughout our lives, capturing our imagination, shaping our minds, and opening up new ways of thinking. In a world that can often feel divided, we have the power to choose to support those who are not as fortunate as us, or who face unprecedented and unbalanced challenges in their lives – for who they love, what they look like, where they come from, wh

NSPCC host virtual school assembly with Ant & Dec and David Walliams

The virtual assembly will cover some of the worries that children have during the pandemic, as well as equipping them with the knowledge they need to stay safe from abuse Around the country, the NSPCC – the children’s charity – has been delivering ‘Speak out. Stay safe’ assemblies in primary schools, reaching 1.6 million children since 2019. In these sessions, trained NSPCC volunteers speak to children about how they can stay safe from abuse and neglect, and what to do if they are worried about

How to rebuild confidence post-lockdown

As we slowly start to emerge from lockdown, how can we rebuild confidence and self-image? It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Covid-19 pandemic will possibly change us for life. We’ve all been through unprecedented challenges. The way that we work, socialise, and go about our daily lives has been deconstructed as we’ve been forced into a new way of living. With all that in mind, it’s no surprise that our confidence has taken a knock, be that related to body-image, socialising with others,

9 stretches to ease ease back pain

Whether it's lower back, mid-back, or upper back and shoulder pain, use these stretches to ease tension and let loose Hands up who’s guilty of slouching. How about overdoing it during exercise or chores? Or even underdoing it and sitting still for too long? Back pain is something that most of us will experience at some point, and it can range from niggling feelings to pain that prevents us from going about our daily lives. To prevent back pain in the first place it’s important to think about

Shortage of tampons and pads leads to a rise in reusable products

One in 10 UK women have given up using tampons and sanitary towels, citing lockdown shortages as their motivation to switch to reusable products. But how can making eco choices help support those experiencing period poverty? Fear and anxiety over a looming lockdown lead many people to stockpile, as protective measures first came into place in March this year. Among the toilet roll, pasta, and cleaning products, a shortage of sanitary products became a trend across UK supermarkets' shelves. Whi

Jack Garratt on learning to live with negative emotions

Singer-songwriter Jack Garratt's debut album, Phase, was a huge success. But, contending with self-doubt, Jack didn’t see it that way. Here, we discuss learning to live with your emotions, and the moment that made every struggle worth it Hi Jack! Your new album, Love, Death & Dancing, is out in June. How are you feeling about the upcoming release? Strangely excited, and also scared! I’ve put on a show that I’m proud of – I’ve made this record to sound exactly how I intended, I’m so overjoyed a
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