About

Dr Jemma Harris
PhD, CPsychol, fHEA

 
Introduction

I'm Jemma- a mum of two, a psychologist and the founder of Happy Little Bundles. I am passionate about supporting the health, wellbeing and development of children and their families. After teaching and researching in the area of psychology for over 10 years, I am now on a mission to spread awareness of what psychology has to say about health, happiness and wellbeing in a way that has real world impact on the everyday lives of families just like yours.

There is a wealth of research, from psychology and other areas, that can inform and inspire us when it comes to engaging in activities that can bring real benefits in terms of our health, wellbeing and development. Through Happy Little Bundles I want to share the happy, wholesome and quirky activities and products that I come across and to use research findings and expert opinion to design activity bundles that will support you in spending quality time together and that will enhance a range of aspects of health, wellbeing, and development.

Happy Little Bundles is my venture into social entrepreneurship... I want to help families just like yours to flourish whilst also developing a sustainable business that generates funds that can be used to support children and families who are finding their journeys a little tougher than most!...

 
My Background

I have a first class BSc degree, a Master's degree and a PhD- all within the field of psychology. My studies and research in the Higher Education sector have all taken place whilst being a mum so I have always had a tendency to view what I have learnt and studied from  a family perspective. In fact, my first child was due just as I started my first degree in psychology!

I've worked within the Higher Education sector for over 10 years- initially as a graduate demonstrator, then as a lecturer and senior lecturer. I have presented at national conferences and published peer reviewed papers within international psychology journals on a range of issues related to  health and wellbeing.

I am currently a Higher Education Academy Fellow and a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society- in association with my lecturing and research activities.

My story

Ever since I was a teenager I dreamed of starting a business that worked for social good- but life took me along a more convoluted path than the one that I initially envisaged!

I was passionate and excited by the area of psychology and, with a little one in tow and the associated need to have a steady income and a flexible career, I chose to pursue a path in academia. I have thoroughly enjoyed my academic career and I've gained a range of skills and expertise from my time in research, teaching and education. However, sometimes I longed to be able to have a more tangible and practical effect on people's health and wellbeing.

Happy Little Bundles first came into being after I took a career break following the birth of my second child (16 years after my first!). The idea stemmed from my drive for social impact and my strong desire to combine and share my love of all things family, quirky, natural, earthy, fun, inspiring and representative of a simple, happy life with my professional interests and experience in psychology. Oh... and the realisation that (after commuting and childcare costs) if I stayed in my previous post I would be working for almost nothing! If I was going to be working for nothing I wanted a new adventure and the chance to make a difference!

Social Impact

I have always wanted to have a career that helps people to grow and to improve their health and wellbeing. So in line with my own personal values, Happy Little Bundles is a social enterprise.

Whilst some of our profits will be reinvested into the business in order to continue to support health, wellbeing and development through our packs, an increasing proportion of profits will be used to fund activities with social impact. Ultimately, this means that a proportion of the money that you spend with us will go enable us to engage in a range of activities to support children and families who are disadvantaged or otherwise struggling on their journey.

We all know of children and families affected by issues such as financial hardship, physical health conditions, mental health issues, substance abuse, domestic violence or bereavement... and these are the types of people that will be helped using profits from the Happy Little Bundles packs that you purchase!

 
Research, Science and Happy Little Bundles!

As parents or carers we work very hard to balance work and family responsibilities- but then we often squander our valuable time and money on things that only provide an illusion of health, happiness and wellbeing! Many of us are desperately searching for activities and products that will help us to raise happy, healthy, well-rounded children and to experience wellbeing within our family units- and psychological research and early years and educational practice has so much to inform and inspire this search!

Reading up on current research is time consuming and sometimes it is tricky to think how we might be able to apply some of the ideas to our everyday lives.  Research findings do, of course, filter down to us via the media and we have probably all experienced occasions where we stumble across research informed ideas and activities (often simple yet life enhancing) that we swear that we will do more often... yet in our busy lives they somehow fall to the wayside. And that is what Happy Little Bundles has been created to help us with!

Happy Little Bundles is all about using research findings, best practice and expert opinion to infuse a monthly bundle of happy, wholesome activities for  children and their families. Each themed bundle serves as a monthly reminder to engage in happy, wholesome and meaningful family activities linked to evidence based practice and that do not cost the earth- figuratively and literally!

Publications:

Harris, J., & Standage, H. (2014). The effect of autonomous and controlled motives on eating dysregulation: implications for individuals classified as underweight, overweight or obese. European Review of Applied Psychology, 64, 43-51. doi:10.1016/j.erap.2013.12.001

Standage, H., Harris, J., & Fox, E. (2014). The influence of social comparison on cognitive bias modification and emotional vulnerability. Emotion, 14, 170–179. doi:10.1037/a0034226

Harris, J., & Hagger, M. (2007). Do basic psychological needs moderate relationships within the theory of planned behaviour? Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 12, 43–64. doi:10.1111/j.1751-9861.2007.00013.x

Hagger, M., Chatzisarantis, N., & Harris, J. (2006). From psychological need satisfaction to intentional behavior: testing a motivational sequence in two behavioral contexts. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 131–148. doi:10.1177/0146167205279905

Hagger, M., Chatzisarantis, N., & Harris, J. (2006). The process by which relative autonomous motivation affects intentional behaviour: comparing effects across dieting and exercise behaviours. Motivation and Emotion, 30, 307–321. doi:10.1007/s11031-006-9046-5

Harris, J. (2005). Researching basic psychological needs: the need to be interactive as a research student. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 2, 48–50.

Harris, J. (2004). From global needs to specific behaviours: the influence of needs, motives and goals in the theory of planned behaviour in an exercise context. Health Psychology Update, 13 , 28–32.