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The Happiness Blog: November Edition

The Happiness Blog: November Edition

Given the events of the last 18months, things have been rocky. We’ve all had our moments (that sometimes last a lot longer than just a moment) when things have felt really tough, when the world has felt scary and we have been worried about the future of our kids.

We thought it would be nice to give you all a little reminder about all of the good things that are happening around the world – because there is A LOT of wonderful things that should be celebrated but it’s just become too easy to get caught up in the doom and gloom.

What went right in October:

#RenamingRevolution: the campaign that is changing the language of maternity care

A new library of phrases about pregnancy and motherhood is now being circulated in clinics and classes across the UK and US. This is to encourage health professionals to change their conversations around fertility, pregnancy and loss. Terms such as ‘Geriatric Pregnancy’ will become ‘35+ Pregnancy’; ‘Inhospitable Womb’ will change to ‘Uterine Lining Challenges’ and ‘Failure to Progress’ will become ‘Slowed Labour’

It’s so exciting to see these outdated terms changing; so many of the phrases used throughout pregnancy and beyond are so aggressive and have a real negative impact on women when they are already at their most vulnerable, but finally, women can feel more valued, empowered and positive! Well done #RenamingRevolution this is a huge and powerful movement!

The soft toy adoption agency on a mission to change the world

Charlotte Liebling has set up an adoption agency for preloved soft toys. Having worked in a charity shop and seeing so many treasured teddies being sold as dog toys or even heading straight to the bin; she decided it was time to make a change. She set up Loved Before in a bid to change the world, one soft toy at a time.

The teddies are washed, restored, photographed and given their own profile on the website to help them find a new home.

What a gorgeous way to teach children about sustainability! They also donate 50% of all profits to charity.

Norway are pushing back against unrealistic beauty standards on social media

The new amendments to the country’s marketing act mean that any image that has been altered (i.e using a filter or body altering apps) must be declared when posting on social media.

This is a huge step in the right direction; it may even put influencers off from using such filters and apps all together – let’s just think about how much this could boost body image perspectives.

Is this enough? Probably not, but they’re heading in the right direction. Come on UK, lets follow suit!

The NHS’s new mental health scheme has helped over 1000 people find work

The New Leaf project in Exeter, part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, has helped more than 1,000 people who want to develop employment skills as part of their therapy. As part of the care plan, patients receive advice about finding a job, help in preparing for interviews and they will speak with employers about how to manage someone’s condition to help them work effectively while protecting their health.

The NHS is on track to support up to 20,000 people with severe mental illness to find and retain employment by 2020/21.


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