About Surviving, Turning Negativity into Positivity and Happiness Clubs - my interview with Suzy Greaves
First of all, I would like to express how excited I am to have been invited to be part of this fantastic platform and blog alongside such passionate and knowledgeable people. This new adventure started when I first met Suzy at a Health, Wealth & Well-being show earlier this year. Suzy shared her personal story of how she ended up pursuing self-development and helping other people along the way. It was very emotional and inspiring at the same time. I immediately thought that it would be great if Suzy was willing to share her story on my podcast and explain about the great concept that is the Happiness Clubs. My podcast (Holistic Path to Health) is about sharing information and resources that enable people to achieve optimal mental and physical health naturally. It is also about inspiring and empowering so Suzy’s story was a perfect fit. To my delight she said “yes” to the interview!
In the interview Suzy shares that after losing both of her parents to cancer, her grief and sadness was extremely overwhelming but she decided she did not want to be defined by grief. She was only a teenager but had to make choice to either sink or swim, and she chose to somehow find the way to survive and thrive despite of what had happened. That was the start of Suzy’s self-development journey. She then went on to become a health journalist, a coach and is now enjoying the role of the editor of the Psychologies magazine. Suzy says: “When you suffer a trauma, you either reach for something to numb the pain or to get you out of that pain. I was lucky to have found something positive to help me through it. It could easily have been drugs or alcohol.”
Suzy is a great believer that anyone can turn negativity into positivity as long as they are willing to do so. She says: “I don’t believe there is only one way. I believe there are many different ways in which people can make themselves feel better. No matter how bad things have got, no matter what has happened to you, there is always a way through and you can get to the light again.” Having successfully worked through my own life challenges, I absolutely agree with Suzy. Sadly, sometimes people get stuck with their negative emotions for years simply because they are not aware of all the tools and resources out there that could help them. This is why I am so passionate about sharing the different approaches and people’s positive experiences through my podcast. I am also very pleased to see publications such as Psychologies to be educating people about all the different methods available to them. Suzy adds: “I love that I get to promote all the different strategies through the magazine. It is like a manual that helps you overcome problems but also shows you how to thrive and be happy.”
Both Suzy and I believe strongly that we have to take responsibility for programming ourselves. The alternative is having other people program our minds for us or end up having our lives ruled by random thoughts, neither of which being a great option. This does not mean however that we should always be able to do it ourselves, or that we will always get it right. As Suzy says, we all have blind spots, and sometimes we are just too close to our own stuff to be able to work out what we need to change. This is why everybody can benefit from other people’s perspective. So the advice is to identify a few tools that work for us, whether it is therapy, meditation, coaching, exercise or anything else. This helps us create positive well-being habits that enable us to live our lives more fully and be happier. It is worth emphasising that this does not have to be a complicated or demanding process. In fact, there are some very simple things that we can do to make a big difference to the way we perceive the world around us, and consequently to have a positive impact on our mental and physical health.
This is what the Happiness Club concept is all about. It is about taking charge and creating more happiness in our lives whilst helping others do the same. Through positively changing our mindset and building simple yet positive, healthy habits, we can feel more empowered and happier. In the interview Suzy explains that Happiness Clubs are based around 10 keys to happier living, which have been scientifically shown to make our lives happier and more fulfilling:
-Relating (connecting with people)
-Appreciating (noticing the world around us)
-Trying out (learning new things)
-Direction (having goals to look forward to)
-Resilience (finding strategies to bounce back)
-Emotion (taking a positive approach)
-Acceptance (being comfortable with who you are)
-Meaning (being part of something bigger)
I love this concept and the fact that anyone can set up their own Happiness Club. It does not cost anything and you get the resources for free from the Psychologies website! (https://lifelabs.psychologies.co.uk/channels/154-the-happiness-club) How great is that?! I am looking forward to seeing more and more Happiness Clubs popping up all over the country.
Until next time, keep well and enjoy the sunshine!
For anyone who would like to listen to my interview Suzy, here is the link (episode 31): https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/holistic-path-to-health-podcast/id955289762?mt=2
To find out more about Suzy, her books, and to read her great blog, go to: www.suzygreaves.com