I’m Dr Megan c. Hayes. equal parts researcher, writer & relentless optimist.
I am fascinated with words – and I’m equally fascinated with how words create wellbeing.
My PhD explored the links between writing, identity & flourishing, and I am currently a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Teesside University in the United Kingdom. When I am not teaching writing, I write, and am the author of two books: Write Yourself Happy: The Art of Positive Journalling and The Happiness Passport: A World Tour of Joyful Living in 50 Words.
When I am not teaching or writing-for-a-living, I love to journal and to share my passion (with anyone who’ll listen!) for journal writing as a way to support and promote happiness and mental health. I created Positive Journal® as an online hub and self-development tool that combines personal writing with the science of positive psychology.
My top strength is curiosity, so naturally I love learning (I began my PhD and my mum said to me, “when you stop collecting degrees – can I have one?”) She’s got a point.
I drink copious amounts of tea, am usually reading five books at once, and I’m extremely glad you’re here.
A Brief Timeline…
In 2017 and 2018 I completed my PhD, shared my research internationally in Austria and Hungary, began teaching Creative Writing at Teesside University, and published two books. Then I took a nap.
In 2015 and 2016 I presented my research across the United Kingdom, in the United States and in France, as well as being published in The International Journal of Wellbeing and Writing in Practice: The Journal of Creative Writing Research.
In late 2014 I co-founded Creative Writing Lab: The Network for Research in Creative Writing and Wellbeing.
A little earlier in 2014 (it was a busy year) I graduated with a Distinction in my MSc in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of East London, which was the first degree programme of its kind in Europe.
2011 I graduated with a First Class Honours BA degree from Bath Spa University in English Literature and Creative Writing, where I developed a passion for both fiction and creative non-fiction writing.
1995 I composed a song called ‘Whatever I do, I don’t do it much’ which went on to become a Hayes-family classic.
1988 I was born, or (possibly) reincarnated as a human woman.
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