What’s the first thing you reach for when you’re feeling a bit low? Lots of people reach for a bag of crisps, or maybe some deep fried chicken, or ice cream. If it cheers us up, what’s wrong with that?Read more
Doesn’t it seem sometimes that the only way to survive the life’s pain is to barricade our hearts from all of it? I have created all sorts of walls around my own emotional life in order to protect myself from heartache, but I realized that I actually just created my own prison. Read more
Low moods block positivity. It’s quite normal to feel down from time to time, but symptoms of depression are best dealt with quickly before they escalate. This simple 9-question screening, may help to indicate the extent (if any) of your depression, and that professional help could be useful to put your smile back.
To some extent or another we are all drawn towards pleasure and self-gratification. Whether it’s the next party, the next item of clothing, the next drink, meal or must-have gadget, we love the stuff that makes us feel good. Read more
Have you got a playful mindset? Just how silly and playful can you be? Are you open to opportunities for fun or do you find other things keep getting in the way of a good time? Well, here’s your chance to find out. Take our interactive Playful Mindset quiz and see how you stack up.Read more
Feeling down is pretty commonplace, but there are plenty of things in our own gift we can use to turn things around. Because we’re all different some of the things on my list will appeal to some but not to others, even so, I defy you not to find a good few ideas that won’t work to your advantage.Read more
Man caves are special. I’m writing this from my man cave. To the outsider it probably looks like a study as it contains my pc, a printer and books. But there’s also a decanter, an old Imperial typewriter on the floor, some pewter, a model car (the sporty one I’ll never afford) and various other bits that say ‘this space is mine.’ Read more
For many people, the relationship between food and mood is a difficult one. We have all experienced reaching for a bag of chips when we are feeling down or calming our nerves with a long island ice tea. Of course, this downward spiral can be hard to get out of.Read more
Is it possible to die happily? Well, relatively few people find the prospect of death a happy thing, but as death is coming to us all at some point it’s worth pointing out that we have it within our gift to die with some level of contentment. Read more
Albert Einstein once said, “I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.” The sentiment rings true for many: people who were once scared to spend time alone now relish the opportunity. Read more
I needed to get unstuck. A few years ago I was the head of a small but busy university department. Today, I work for myself. At first, the transition was financially costly, but it was planned well in advance so there were no surprises. I can’t say I went through a midlife crisis so much as sensing there were other things I wanted to do, at a time and in a way I wanted to do them. The thought took hold, developed, and the rest as they say, is history. Read more
You’re probably looking at the word hygge wondering what it means. Or you’re looking at the word knowing full well what it means, but wondering how you can further incorporate it in your life. But first, what is hygge, and can it really help to heal you?Read more
We’ve got a dog. In fact we’ve had it for three years and it’s our first. Not content with starting small, we jumped straight in and acquired a greyhound – an ex-racer. He’s big! It started with my partner looking over a website for dogs needing homes. She spotted one, contacted the person in charge of things and we started planning.