Declaring victory

Well done mindapples!

It’s been over five years since we started Mindapples as a business (and even longer since the start of our campaign), and it’s fair to say the journey has been… emotional. Running a mental health organisation is tough enough at the best of times, without having to steer it through a global recession and brutal public spending cuts….
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Mindapples training successful in independent trial


A study published today by the University of York shows that Mindapples training programmes increased participants’ ability to cope with stress, including three months after the programme was complete. This is the first controlled trial of Mindapples’ flagship training programme, Your Mind: A User’s Guide, and is a great endorsement for our unique approach to mental health…
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Does your mind mean business?

With perfect timing for the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, the RSA have today released the highlights of my recent talk for them about psychology, mental health and work.

The talk was the public launch event for A Mind for Business and gave me a chance to outline some of my arguments for why I think understanding our minds is the most important new trend in business, and in society as a whole.

I wrote the book to help people make the most of their minds at work, and also to act as a showcase for this new approach to work. By looking after our minds, and understanding their strengths and weaknesses, we can work smarter and feel better. Hopefully this talk and the book explain why, after four years working in this field, I have come to this conclusion.

See what you think of my arguments, and do let me know what you make of it. And those of you who are interested in watching the full video including an in-depth Q&A chaired by my friend Euan Semple, can watch it on the RSA website here.

Money can buy you happiness, new research reveals


Research published today has revealed that money is much more useful for making people happy than was previously thought. Despite the popularity of books like The Spirit Level and Happiness, and a large body of recent studies across the developing world suggesting that economic performance does not in fact correlate with wellbeing or life satisfaction, new research…
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Why taking care of our feelings matters


“Positive emotions are worth cultivating, not just as end states in themselves but also as a means to achieving psychological growth and improved well-being over time” – Barbara L. Fredrickson Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Emotions, 2001 According to recent psychological research, the experience of positive emotions such as joy, interest, contentment and love, not only…
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Why having fun is good for you

Our survey said...

We all know that leisure time makes us feel good, but now scientific evidence shows that taking time out and engaging in activities you enjoy really does lead to both psychological and physical wellbeing. It’s a well-established fact that physically healthy actions such as eating well and getting enough sleep make us feel better, it…
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Happy World Mental “Health” Day

Love Your Mind with Mindapples on World Mental Health Day 2013

Hello folks, and a very happy World Mental Health Day to you all! To celebrate, Mindapples have been on tour around London, beginning in Brixton on Thursday and Saturday, and culminating in installing the Mindapples Tree at CityCamp London in the Hub King Cross today. It’s been an amazing few days, stepping far out of…
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Hand Made Health

Hand Made by Tessy Britton

I settled down this morning to have a proper read-through Mindapples Co-founder Tessy Britton’s extraordinary new book, Hand Made, and feel inspired to write a post about it. In fact, two posts – you can see my thoughts on its social and policy implications over here. The book collects a beautiful set of stories about…
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