Close relationships important for happiness – but what if you can’t make them

Research shows that one of the most important contributors to happiness is good relationships.  Not just romantic relationships either, but…

Posted by Karen Degen on 22nd January 2020


Trick your brain to feel happier

Did you know that if you change your body language it can trick your brain to feel happier? For instance, smiling (even when you don’t feel…

Posted by Karen Degen on 5th November 2019

Tags: feel happier, smiling, trick your brain

The 10 Minute Rule

This one tip has changed my life and I give it to clients all the time.  It was told to me by someone (we will call her Sally) who was shock…

Posted by Karen Degen on 26th August 2019

Tags: 10-Minute Rule, getting things done, overwhelm, procrastination

Why do we Self-doubt and how do we overcome it?

The question “Why do we Self-doubt and how do we overcome it?” was asked of me by a client, via email.  My first thought was, that’s a huge…

Posted by Karen Degen on 15th July 2019

Tags: EFT, self-doubt

Without comparison I’d be amazing

I’ve been thinking a lot about comparison lately.  If someone tells me I look younger than I actually am I feel good about myself.  Why?  I’…

Posted by Karen Degen on 10th June 2019

Tags: box of acceptability, comparison, the norm

One of New Zealand’s Darkest Days

Emotions, Responses and Steps Towards Healing On Friday March 15th 2019 there was a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zea…

Posted by Karen Degen on 28th March 2019

Tags: EFT terror, PTSD in children, Response terrorist attack Christchurch, Terrorist attack Christchurch

Wu Wei – Success without Effort

I recently heard about the Taoist principle of Wu Wei, which translates more or less as ‘action in non-action’.  Or in other words, action t…

Posted by Karen Degen on 4th February 2019

Tags: Wu Wei, paddling upstream, success with less action

I’m angry at my spouse for dying

When your spouse died did you have anger mixed in with the grief?  If so, that is very normal.  One of my clients told me she loved her husb…

Posted by Karen Degen on 19th November 2018

Tags: anger, death, grief

What do you ‘spill’ under stress?

Confession time.  Don’t judge me too harshly, but I love those reality shows like The Batchelor or Married at First Sight. One reason is tha…

Posted by Karen Degen on 30th October 2018


When cellphone use becomes emotionally unhealthy

On a recent trip to USA we were lying by the swimming pool of our hotel and I saw a couple of people who I initially thought might be specia…

Posted by Karen Degen on 4th September 2018

Tags: cellphone addiction, cellphone in pool, cellphone mental health

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