So what does it truly mean to be perfect? Does perfect exist? What are we really striving for when it comes to happiness? Can we really implement a life where we take a little pressure off the stress and access everyday tools to live a happier life.
In this episode Becki talks to Poppy James, Founder of Happy not Perfect about how to chase a happy life not a perfect ones. Poppy shares all of her solutions and actions from The Happy Not Perfect App to help change our mindset, ramp up our happiness and fall into a life of gratitude and ease.
- The fear of not being perfect
- How everything stems from Love or Fear
- Our natural negative biased and how it doesn’t help us
- Be aware of catching ourselves when we are acting from a place of fear
- Rewire our brains through effective exercises
- Be solution and action based
- The happiness workout:
- Awareness – Check in with yourself
- Burn – Let go of your worries
- Mindful distractions
- Compassion + Challenge
- Share the love – Make someone else feel good.
- Think about your emotions as an emotional backpack – Do you want it to get heavier and heavier?
Poppy is founder of Happy Not Perfect, the community was born out of a clear need for a tool to deal with anxiety. In 2017, Forbes named Poppy one of their 30 under 30s and. Now Happy Not Perfect, is one of leading mindful apps combining years of scientific research + inspiration to help make mindful exercises more accessible.
Poppy kicked off her career while studying at the London School of Economics when she became the youngest television host at ITN. After graduating, Poppy moved to Los Angeles to work with MTV, ITV and later launched Pillow Talk with Poppy, Snapchat’s first chat show.
In 2015, Happy Not Perfect was born out of a clear need for a tool to deal with anxiety. Poppy received hundreds of messages from viewers opening up about their stress and anxiety. With her mum being a neurotherapist, Poppy decided something needed to be created to help everyone manage their mental wellbeing better.
Whilst developing HNP, Poppy co-founded accessories brand Pop & Suki with actress Suki Waterhouse. The brand celebrates the meaning of friendship. Poppy delivered TEDx talk ‘Addicted to likes’ in 2016 which focused on the harmful effect social media has on our mental health.
In 2017, Forbes named Poppy one of their 30 under 30s and she was appointed as the youngest board member of the Resnic Neuropychiatric Hospital Advisory Board at UCLA to help consult on the wellbeing of students.
This year, Poppy launches Happy Not Perfect, a deeply personal project combining years of scientific research, inspiration from her mother and real life experience.
Poppy on HNP: “Our minds can be minefields if not managed… no one should be left alone and I hope Happy Not Perfect can ensure no one is. It’s on hand, like a friend to relax your mind, process your thoughts and offer a new perspective. We’re in this together”