New Year Resolutions

I’m surrounded by talk about New Year’s resolutions and making some myself. The word resolution is used in all sorts of contexts. In politics, resolutions are passed at conferences – so they have support. In photography, images have high resolution – so they have detail. In the resolution to a problem, the starting point is […]

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Comfort Zones

Our comfort zone is “where our uncertainty, scarcity and vulnerability are minimised” according to Brene Brown, research professor at the University of Houston. So why would anyone want to step out of their comfort zone when to do so makes us anxious? From what I’ve read it’s for the excitement and variety it brings – […]

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The law of attraction

Does the law of attraction work? Back in January I wrote a short story on the law of attraction. This law says that you attract into your life what you think about. I finished the story by saying I was going to try a little experiment with it. Well, dear reader, if you’ve missed my […]

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Ecotherapy

Spring is in the air. I want to hug trees! I want to get outside and garden! I want to grow summer salad crops! I want to be muddy! I want ecotherapy! In Feel Better Outside, Feel Better Inside, Mind explain ecotherapy as soemthing that improves mental and physical health and wellbeing by supporting people […]

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Time for the happiness advantage!

I had a big project deadline last week and it got me wondering about time management. The general advice about time management focuses on improving it through direct action. The top tips I’ve found are: • Audit how you spend your time • Review the data your collect critically • Consider the balance of how […]

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Law of Attraction

I was at a talk yesterday hearing how the law of attraction had worked for the speaker. I’ve always been interested in this but a bit sceptical – and, as is often the case with my scepticism, I didn’t actually know much about the subject – so I decided to investigate. Turns out the law […]

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Music to my ears!

A friend of mine played me a really fantastic, uplifting piece of music the other day – just what’s needed at this rather gloomy time of year. As I listened to the music I could actually feel happiness rising up inside me! What power! It seems that music makes the body release endorphins – the […]

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Beating the Winter Blues!

It’s an awful time of year. The days are short, the weather’s bad, the clothes are tight and the bank account’s empty. At this time of year it feels hard to be happy. It happens every year and I usually just sit it out but this year I decided to see what I could do […]

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Total workout

I’m just back from a ‘total workout’ class at the gym. It was 45 minutes alternating between an exercise bike, a treadmill, a cross trainer and a rowing machine. Of all the classes on offer at the gym this is one of my favouries; I’ve been wondering why. The key seems to be in the […]

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Prescriptions for reading

I’ve just read that David Bowie is a prolific reader and looking at his top 100 books in the Guardian today I find I have read the grand total of 3 of them! I do like reading and thought I read quite a lot though I seem to go though phases of reading more or […]

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