Sick of all the fear and negativity? Join The Happy Club!

International Life Coach launches The Happy Club, with a vision to ‘make love go viral’

LONDON, UK, 21 August 2020 – Anyone who spends even a small amount of time online these days will recognise that there is a lot of negativity, anger, fear and hate. Much of our attention in this world is unconsciously placed on these things. From media, to the news, the office, and especially social media, it’s taking a toll on our mental and physical wellbeing.

Qualified London NLP coach, Kash Desai decided to do something about it – launching a project with a simple and powerful mission… to make love go viral. The Happy Club is the product of this vision to spread joy and make the world a more loving place by creating a global, loving community. Through The Happy Club, he hopes to counter the perpetual cycles of negativity, fear and judgement and instead help people rediscover their own source of love and joy within.

“Anyone who has spent any time browsing social media, watching the news, or witnessing office politics will know the negative psychological effects of social comparison and an unhealthy focus on negativity and fear very clearly,” says Kash, “It is well documented that it is detrimental to our physical and mental health.”

It was his own journey from hopelessness to joy that inspired him to launch this community.

As a boy in India, Kash worked eighteen-hour days in a factory, earning a monthly salary that was the equivalent to just £10 a month, to keep his family afloat. But he was persistent and eventually went on to forge a successful career in banking and finance, moving to the UK and finding financial affluence.

“To the world, I was a winner, but I felt empty. I had lost my sense of purpose in the process of trying to find my way in the world,” he says, “The pain I started to feel as a child had become unbearable, and this triggered my journey to discover who I really was and what I wanted.”

Kash’s journey of self-discovery eventually led him to the realisation that all the answers he sought were inside of him and that his own capacity for love and potential, was limitless.

“If everyone traded their expectations for love and appreciation, then the world would be a beautiful, loving place. If hate manifests hate and fear manifests more fear, then love for the self within can manifest love for everyone else outside,” he explains.

Kash decided to share all that he had discovered, and in doing so, try to make the world a more loving place… and The Happy Club was born.

The Happy Club is currently comprised of a Podcast, with short but powerful episodes to uplift and inspire the community and The Happy Club Facebook Community, where people can share stories of positivity, love and kindness and offer care and support for fellow members. The Facebook Group already has more than 400 members, who have responded with overwhelming positivity.

“I’ve been on a journey which has helped me realise the true meaning of love, happiness, and joy. The answer? It lies within, in loving and accepting our self, and instead of seeking it from outside, bringing love into the world and sharing it with others. I believe the more people understand this, the greater the positive impact can be in our world. We’re creating a loving global community. Let’s grow together through joy, love and upliftment. Let’s make love go viral.”

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Life-saving early detection put at risk by COVID-19 infection fear

99% of healthcare professionals working in primary settings such as surgeries are concerned that patients are missing out on a potentially life or death diagnosis.

All because patients are too scared to attend appointments during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Allied to that, 45% of healthcare professionals fear that having to work remotely via video-link or telephone means they could be failing to detect serious diseases in patients.

So says the first survey on the impact of the pandemic on primary healthcare outlets, published today on the Guidelines in Practice website https://www.guidelinesinpractice.co.uk/

Early detection can stop conditions such as bowel cancer from becoming deadly and slow down and even reverse Alzheimer’s.

Almost half of the respondents were deeply concerned about the impact of the pandemic on patients’ mental health, which could result in conditions such as depression and anxiety spiralling into self-harm and even suicide.

Far from being overrun during COVID-19, 40% of health care professionals are less busy than usual and a further 15% claim they are considerably quieter.

“More than 90% of women diagnosed early with ovarian cancer survive for 5 years or more, whereas just 5% live that long when diagnosed later” said Ivor Eisenstadt, Managing Director of MGP, who conducted the study, “the same need for early detection applies to most cancers, cardiovascular disease and viral infections including HIV. People with important symptoms are not consulting their GP and instead are playing dice with their own health.”

The survey, which quizzed over 400 UK primary healthcare professionals, (including those working within COVID-19 hubs) showed that the virus has made a huge change to the way most surgeries work, with 89% of doctors doing some or all of their non-COVID-19 consultations via telephone.

GP Dr Zahid Chauhan OBE has worked on the frontline in the battle against COVID-19. He said: “I am concerned that patients are not turning up at surgery. I largely think this is through fear but also a desire not to bother the NHS at this critical time. People must attend if they display worrying symptoms. Of particular concern is patients not presenting with mental health issues. There is a stigma around problems such as depression at the best of times. I genuinely believe people are suffering in silence.”

Ivor Eisenstadt concluded: ‘What this survey shows is that primary healthcare professionals have compassion for patients and recognise that other serious illnesses don’t go away just because we are in the middle of a pandemic. With innovations such as more online appointments and telephone triage, our healthcare professionals are also showing that they are adaptable, professional and wholly dedicated to their patients, whether they have COVID-19 symptoms or not.’

To view the full survey, visit guidelinesinpractice.co.uk/covid-survey-results

The impact of the coronavirus on primary care survey was organised by MGP in collaboration with Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, and published by Guidelines in Practice. Data was analysed by BrainSell.

Guidelines in Practice is published by MGP Ltd, a specialist healthcare media company which aims to improve patients’ lives by promoting best practice in healthcare. MGP specialises in multichannel content and educational projects based around clinical guidance and evidence-based information through its brands: Guidelines, Guidelines in Practice, Guidelines for Nurses, Guidelines for Pharmacy, Guidelines Live, and Specialised Medicine.

Visit: guidelinesinpractice.co.uk

IMAGE: Dr Zahid Chauhan OBE

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Brits’ Biggest Fear About Coronavirus is Economy

The number one fear British people have about the coronavirus is what it will do to the economy, according to new data.

Consumer research platform Attest ran a nationally representative survey of 1,000 UK consumers to find out just how worried the nation is and what we’re worried about [see full data here: https://dashboard.askattest.com/survey/AE5U2WNBUV6VXW

Overall, 63% of people are feeling more anxious now than they were before the outbreak of COVID-19, and 17% say their anxiety levels are “much higher”.

What are they worried about?

Just over 70% of Brits are worried about the effect coronavirus will have on the economy, with 30% describing themselves as “very worried”.

Behind this, the second biggest concern for people is their parents or grandparents catching the virus (68%), with 39% “very worried” by the prospect.

Nearly 61% of Brits are worried about contracting the coronavirus themselves, while a lesser 56% are worrying about their kids or grandkids getting the virus. Of greater concern is the potential for the outbreak to interrupt travel or social plans – nearly 58% of people are worried about this.

Of least concern are workplace closures and school closures; half of people (50%) are worried about not being able to go to work and only 39% are worried about children not being able to attend school.

Here are some of the concerns people expressed:

“I’m anxious over the economy and FTSE crashing, hitting pension funds”

“I care for my dad so I am very worried all the time.”

“I’m staying at home as I have underlying health issues with my lungs.”

“It has increased my anxiety about meeting people.”

How bad will it get?

We asked people what they think is going to happen with the coronavirus outbreak, and the outlook of the British people is not optimistic. Nearly half of people think “we’ve not seen the worst of it yet”, while a further 33% believe we’re “headed for a full-blown global pandemic”. Only 18% of people think “it will all be over soon”.

There is a direct correlation between how much news about coronavirus a person consumes and how worried they feel. People who see or hear updates hourly are five times more likely to be experiencing high levels of anxiety than people who only receive updates once every couple of days.

What impact are fears having?

British people are most likely to be avoiding public transport, stations and airports in an effort to avoid contracting the coronavirus (27%). Public attractions are also considered high-risk areas, with 26% of people actively avoiding them.

Around a fifth of people are avoiding the cinema, theatres and concerts, as well as restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. Least likely to be considered risky are church services, social groups and clubs (11%) and the gym (15%).

Panic buying is yet to become a big problem; only 19% of Brits say they have started stockpiling. But people are taking precautions; 81% have started washing or sanitising their hands more often.

Only 10% of people have made changes to their travel plans, but 11% are considering making changes and 21% are waiting to make travel plans because of the uncertainty.

To see the full survey on the Attest platform, including responses to additional questions, visit https://dashboard.askattest.com/survey/AE5U2WNBUV6VXW

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About Attest

We believe great companies put consumers and data at the heart of every decision. They create better, more useful products and services, which leads to happier consumers and ever-greater success.

That’s why Attest is on a mission to bring every business closer to consumers and empower them with the insights that drive predictable and repeatable growth.

How? We call it a Consumer Growth Platform, where everyone can get answers to their burning questions from audiences of 100 million consumers across 80 markets.

Our clients use Attest to learn more about their target consumers, enter new markets, build new categories, validate decisions, develop better products and services, measure their brand, track competition, all with the goal of building new, predictable, and repeatable growth.

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