I came to life coaching through positive psychology, in what you might call 'a happy accident'. 

A passionate creative, I spent my twenties and early thirties building my career across the creative industries, first as an acting coach and director, then as a creative awards manager for Cannes Lions (the Oscars of the advertising industry) and finally as a creative awards manager and copywriter for one of the world's largest agency networks.


Like most people, I had had success in some areas of life and not in others. A highly sensitive soul, I frequently questioned the nature of my being and struggled with my own happiness. I felt stuck in areas of my life that I could not control and often felt lost regarding the future. 

During a YouTube tumble, I came across the work of Tal Ben Shahar, Martin Seligman and others. I had read Richard Layard's 'The Science of Happiness' many years before, and realised now that there was a whole body of knowledge around happiness and wellbeing out there to be explored. I watched and read everything I could and started to integrate some of the practices in to my daily life. My life began to change. 

The search for purpose, meaning, balance, health and happiness in my own life led me first to positive psychology (the science of happiness) and then to life coaching; working with individuals in the practical application of that knowledge.


I have a masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology form the University of East London.  

My research regarding the use of smartphones in relation to happiness has been published in the Journal of Computers in Human Behavior and sited by major news outlets including CNCB. I also write on the subject of happiness and wellbeing for popular publications. 

I have a particular interest in the following areas of positive psychology:

  • Creativity

  • Cyber psychology/the impacts of digital technology and social media on happiness

  • Negative emotions and depression in relation to happiness

  • Finding purpose and the search for meaning


  • MSc Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology (MAPPCP) [Distinction]: UEL

  • Introduction to Transformational Coaching: animas Centre for Coaching

  • Managing Mental Health at Work: Mind

  • Hypnotherapy Skills for Life Change: Hypnotherapy Training International


​To book a session or find out more, please email or use the online form. 

My life coaching practice is based at Muswell Health, a complementary therapy centre based in Muswell Hill, London.  


​​Tel: 020 8883 4981


Address:  71a Athenaeum Place, Muswell Hill, London, N10 3HL.

If you are based outside of London, or travelling to Muswell Hill is not possible, Skype or FaceTime coaching sessions can be arranged, as can alternative location bookings, on an ad hoc basis.

Follow me on Instagram @happinesscocktail: 

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© 2018 Nicola Hughes: Positive Psychologist and Life Coach.

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