As an award-winning Positive Psychologist and Founder of optimallyou, Niyc’s mission is to spread happiness all around the world!
Niyc is a speaker, writer, coach and entrepreneurship business mentor, and her enthusiasm and no-excuses attitude have been described as inspiring.
Niyc is a talented public speaker, leading group coaching events - Power Hour and Thrive Live, as well as wellness workshops, motivational talks, and academic lectures all around the world. Niyc works with clients that include professional sports teams, global business agencies, universities, businesses, schools and you as an individual.
Niyc’s academic background comprises an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology, a BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Sport Sciences, and a CTLLS teaching and lecturing certification. She is a member of the International Positive Psychology Association, having also previously presented at the European Conference for Positive Psychology in Amsterdam.
Niyc is a certified Personal Trainer, and has been motivating clients towards their health and lifestyle goals since 2006, helping people to overcome their personal barriers to growth and experience more happiness and thriving in their lives. Niyc highlights the importance of movement to make you feel good, and knows that fitness and positive nutrition are key to leading a flourishing life.
Niyc is Founder of Newcastle parkrun and Rising Sun parkrun, and has helped to build a community of thousands of runners for these free, timed, weekly, volunteer-led, community runs. Niyc’s academic paper, “It’s a life changer”, identifies the effectiveness of parkrun as a means for promoting flourishing lives, and again highlights the importance of movement in achieving optimal functioning.
Niyc has a passion for living well, and sharing with others the wealth of things that she has learned through her study, professional life, and personal experience. Niyc has developed the "Now Is Your Chance" message to convey the importance of seizing the moment and taking action to help you to thrive and support the best version of you.
You can watch Niyc’s weekly vlogs via the optimallyou YouTube channel
“Thank you so much for all your help with training and positive mental attitude, you have really helped me become a more positive person, and I now have a more positive body image too. You have really changed the way I think about things and I am so grateful. It has made me want to help other people to become more positive, as it really does make such a difference. Thanks for everything!”
“Niyc Pidgeon is one highly inspirational woman. Guests at the National Women’s Network conference this year were buzzing after hearing Niyc share her thoughts and experiences on positive psychology. Niyc is a true example of her specialism and we have already invite her to speak again next year.”
Janice Ross, Chair of the National Women’s Network
“Prior to Niyc introducing positive psychology into my life I was in a vicious circle of self destruction and negativity. Now, I look forward to every day, and even when bad things happen I'm able to look at the bigger picture and not let it consume my thoughts. Niyc's guidance and encouragement has woken me up to how amazing life can be and since completing a masterclass and attending power hour I've been more happy, successful and focused than ever. I'm so grateful, thank you Niyc!”
Since I met Niyc over a year ago she has completely overhauled my attitude to both training and life. Her positive impact is incredible and she leaves you feeling empowered and inspired after every session or conversation. She has taught me how to rid myself of negative thoughts and how to tackle problems in life through a healthy and loving lifestyle. She has improved my attitude to exercise, food and work and taught me not to obsess. She has shown me how to embrace change and adapt to new things. Her encouragement has made me more comfortable in my own skin and motivated me to push for my dreams and believe they are achievable.”
"Niyc has been an absolute inspiration to me on my journey to health & happiness by coaching me to use positive psychology in my working life, my relationships & my overall outlook on life. I am now able to thrive in all aspects of my life & feel extremely positive about the future. I find Niyc inspiring and an exceptional individual who thrives by helping others achieve their personal goals."
Rachael Gray, Nutrition Element
“I have worked closely with Niyc with regards to nutrition, exercise and positive mental health. She has been a tower of strength and supported me in all these areas. She has vast amount of knowledge to coincide with her amazing motivational skills and has truly inspired me to believe that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Niyc goes above and beyond her role and it's a privilege to work with her.”
Niyc is not just a friend to me, she is my mentor, life coach and a hugely influential and motivational person. Her positive talks have change the way I think about life and quite frankly changed it completely for the better. The support I receive from her is second to none and if it wasn’t for her and her seminars I would not have chosen the career I have chosen, and become self employed doing something I love and am hugely passionate about. What a woman - a leader, and influential, motivational role model. Niyc is different. She’s not like everybody else. There’s no one quite like her.
Alicia Rudge, Alicia Rudge Fitness.
I first met Niyc properly at one of her bootcamps a couple of years ago. We went on to do some PT sessions together and she introduced me to Maximum Vibrance! She has transformed the way I think about exercise, diet and life in general - her positivity is infectious and she inspires me time and time again on her mission to promote happiness and health through all that she does. I am now so happy to call her a very dear friend :)
Hannah Truemann, Butterflies and Elephants
I've known Niyc for over a year now, but it's safe to say that the impression she has made on my life is permanent. Not only has she helped me to achieve my goals, but she has also given me a better outlook on life with regards to both my health and happiness. Her positivity and optimism lights up a room. She is simply fab!
"I cannot recommend optimallyou highly enough. Niyc Pidgeon takes a truly holistic approach in helping you reach your own individual goals. She is highly intuitive and skilled at reading you, so she knows when to push and when to take it a little easier so you continue to progress, and enhance your self-esteem. Her support and expertise have helped me to change my lifestyle completely and I am genuinely happier, more comfortable in my own skin and confident as a result. More importantly, despite struggling to stick to regular exercise in the past, Niyc's help has meant it is now just another part of my everyday life, and I look forward to getting stronger, fitter and healthier thanks in no small part to optimallyou."
Jule Wilson, Virgin Money
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