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Meet the YHM Team: Sophie

From studying positive psychology with Tal Ben Shahar to helping teenagers successfully navigate their life stories: we feel incredibly blessed to have Sophie as part of the YHM team! Here she tells her story of why she joined us:

“Life is an experiment – trust the process and enjoy the ride!”

Someone once told me: “Life is an experiment”. At first, the actual meaning of these words did not resonate with me, but the more I thought about it, the truer I believed them to be. Life isn’t about doing everything right. Life is about learning and the only way to learn is by trying, falling down and getting back up again. In other words, by experimenting and trusting the process.

By trusting the process, I was introduced to Young Happy Minds in November 2015. After one Skype call, I flew to London to meet Yvonne and Martine, and see for myself how the RAW program, they had developed, impacted the children of the Lampton Academy. I felt overwhelmed by the personal stories I heard. Stories explaining how Martine and Yvonne had taught them the importance of defining goals, cultivating positive emotions, experiencing more engagement, strengthening relationships and celebrating accomplishments. I knew then and there that trusting the process had led me to finding what I intrinsically always felt was my purpose in life: helping children find happiness.

So, that’s what we do. We help young people discover their seed and give them the tools they need to start developing that seed. And we love it! Because we truly believe that the world can be a better place if more people would know who they really are and be authentic. And every young person we can inspire to live their life according to the principles of positive psychology, is a small step towards a happier world. It is our way to pay it forward. I know it sounds cheesy, but it makes us happy, so…!

“Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or any other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do whatever it wants with you, regardless.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, author of ‘Eat. Pray. Love.’

Do you want to join us on our mission to create a happier world one child at the time? Give us a call or send us an email! We would love to meet you!

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