May well-being focus: Self-development

May Well-being Focus: Self-Development

Hello, welcome to May & the second of our well-being focus months.  This month the focus will be on you! And more specifically the development of you.  Self-development is all about feeling you’re improving, developing & advancing.  It’s about letting go of negative beliefs about yourself and driving yourself forward.  I’ve personally been on a […]

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April Well-being Focus: Happiness

Happy April everyone!  And no I’m not attempting to April Fool’s anyone, April really is going to be all about Happiness (well on Living.Pretty.Happy at least that is!) Every month, we’ll be focusing on one of the 14 identified areas that are often attributed as an important element of our well-being.  When each of these elements is […]

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Bloggers Award. Image of Close-up of word BLOG on a typewriter sheet

You know how they say you wait ages for a bus and then two come along at once?  Well whilst this has nothing to do with buses,  I have actually been really honoured to receive two nominations for the Sunshine Blogger Award this week!  You can imagine the sunshine-y, grateful, smiley, happy dance I’ve been […]

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5 Useful ways mindfulness helps in your everyday life

5 Useful ways mindfulness helps in your everyday life. Image of a Relaxed woman practicing meditation at home, she is sitting in the lotus position on the office desk, mindfulness concept

Mindfulness, and in particular, mindfulness meditation has increasingly been touted and implemented as a way of improving our mental well-being.  Its focus on connecting our body and mind to become more self-aware and present has been evidenced to help reduce our everyday stress and anxiety.  [RELATED: Being Mindful – Is mindfulness for you?] But mindfulness stretches […]

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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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