Julia Coggins

Did you know that 40% of your happiness is down to you?

Julia CogginsMy name is Julia Coggins, I am the Founder of Singing Bluebird, and my focus is to help people be happier.

Since 2006 I have been researching happiness and how it affects well-being. I discovered the works of Dr Martin Seligman and Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky. These people had performed researched, scientific studies into happiness. They found that 50% of your happiness is down to genetics and what makes you you. 10% is down to circumstantial factors (e.g. where you live, how much money you have.) The remaining 40% is down to your actions and behaviour.

This is where I come in.  I think it is refreshing to know that research has shown that people can learn to be happier, and that there are scientifically proven techniques that can help you be happier.

This reminded me of one of my favourite sayings:

“If you keep a green bough in your heart,
the singing bird will come.”
(Chinese proverb)

In other words, if you make space for happiness in your life, it will come.

I work to help people be happier.

I do this by bringing to life research based strategies explaining how to improve your happiness. I offer workshops, and 1-1 coaching providing people with practical ideas, exercises and information to be happier.  Quite simply, I provide you with a happiness toolkit which enables you to take action.

You could say that my journey started in 2006 when I started working with a London charity researching happiness and wellbeing, but I think my happiness journey started at the end of 2000 when my dad died. I then began my happiness journey.

During the time I was working on developing and delivering my happiness programme, in 2010, my mum died. It was then a case of me living the solution.

In truth, I think that I have always been looking for ways to help people improve and move their lives forward. This has led me to where I am now.

I launched my happiness programmes, in conjunction with the NHS (specifically the IAPT service), working closely with a London-based charity in Spring 2011, and the feedback has been fantastic. People are happier.

I am now moving onto the next phase, and will be setting up happiness clubs.

When thinking of a name for my company I decided to use the Chinese quote on this page as my inspiration, linking it with the bluebird of happiness, a common symbol of cheerfulness, happiness and the renewal of springtime.

So, Singing Bluebird was born, providing happiness programmes for everyone.