Blooming Lovely: the positive power of flowers

Blooming lovely: the positive power of flowers. Image of a female hand holding a yellow, white & green bouquet of flowers

There is one gift – regardless of the occasion – that rarely fails to delight.  From birth through to our final moments – flowers have been there.  They are a speechless gift that say so much.  Flowers let people know they are thought of, loved, appreciated, celebrated, missed, supported.  They have a unique ability to […]

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5 Ways exercise makes you happy

5 Ways exercise can make you happy. Image of cheerful woman lying on an exercise mat

Before anyone starts eye-rolling at the mere mention of the word exercise hear me out… Exercise – in my humble opinion -is one of the biggest contributors to unlocking a healthy body & happy mind lifestyle.   It ticks plenty of boxes on the well-being scale (read: Improving well-being: the key to being happy?) and […]

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Improving well-being: the key to being happy?

Improving well-being: The key to being happy? Image of a cheerful young couple jumping together and celebrating success isolated over gray

Improving well-being!  Just a few short years ago I wasn’t even aware of well-being and now improving it is at the centre of nearly every personal decision I make.  Why?  Because when I became aware of the concept of well-being I realised how much power I held over my own sense of happiness, my own level […]

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How to have a happier Christmas

How to have a happier Christmas: Image of 3 toy snowmen smiling in the snow with a snow covered mountain in the background

Christmas! As Andy Williams sang It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Yes folks it’s the hap-happiest season of all!  And in essence he’s completely right.  Christmas is generally thought of a time for being with cherished friends and family, for celebrating, for giving, receiving and over indulging.  The sights and smells, the traditions, […]

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What to do when you make a mistake (in any area of your life) 

What to do when you make a mistake (in any area of your life) Beautiful African American woman holding a cup of coffee at home cover mouth with hand shocked with shame for mistake, expression of fear, scared in silence, secret concept (image description taken from Adobe Stock)

I’ve titled this article, ‘what to do when you make a mistake’ not ‘if you make a mistake’ because let’s face it, no matter how optimistic or perfect you try to be – you will make mistakes.  These can be small barely noticeable faux-pas’ to full-blown want the ground to swallow you up mis-judgements.   […]

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How to beat post-holiday blues 

How to beat post-holiday blues

There is nothing quite like a holiday to raise your happiness levels.  New sights, sounds, experiences, memories.  A break from the everyday.  A chance to spend quality time with loved ones.  Time to relax, have fun and just leave it all behind for a while.  They say time flies whilst you’re having fun and before you […]

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Being Mindful – Is mindfulness for you?

Being mindful - Is mindfulness for you?

Whenever somebody mentioned mindfulness meditation to me previously, I always imagined people sitting around barefoot and cross-legged sporting tie-dye clothing in a room full of dream catchers chanting ‘om’ and banging mini symbols together with the smell of burning sandalwood incense sticks penetrating the air.  Whilst perfectly acceptable – having never been in touch with […]

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Stopping Self-Sabotage – How to break the habit.

Stopping Self-Sabotage: a journey to break the habit

The plan had been to sit and write this article at 10am today.  It’s now 11.02am.  On my way to my office, I stopped to water the garden plants, do the washing up, put the washing away – all jobs that can wait.  None of them as important as my actual work, but all tools […]

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Being you: The importance of being true to yourself

Secret Identity: Being you

I recently watched the film ‘The Danish Girl’.  (Yes I know where have I been?)  For those who don’t know, it’s about the transgender pioneer, Lili Elbe.  It took nearly an entire lifetime for her to be true to who she really was.  Despite living in an era where you were liable to be certified […]

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Becoming a parent for the first time: Parent Job Description

Job Vacancy - Parent

I’ve been going through a few slightly stressful situations with one of my offspring recently.  These are all things that are beyond their control, but that I as a parent feel immense pressure to handle correctly.  It got me to thinking.  Parenthood – if thought of in terms of a ‘job’ – is a pretty […]

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5 Easy ways to instantly boost your mood anytime & anywhere

5 Easy ways to instantly boost your mood

Before we look at how to boost your mood, let’s quickly explore why it’s so important to boost your mood in the first place… Our moods often dictate the tone of our day.  They govern the types of interaction we have with other people and form our perception of everything.  Whilst acknowledging that we can’t […]

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