Less Than Before But More Than Ever...

Malcolm Levene | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Malcolm Levene

In short, having more joy, being more satisfied and recognising the good stuff in our lives, gives us much more than money can buy. I'm not advocating not caring about money, I am advocating caring less about it. Of course, money does make the world go round, but being happier enables us to go round and round, without becoming giddy.

The Art Of Appreciation

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Maggy Whitehouse

I post appreciations three or four times a week, on Facebook -- a list of things that I appreciate in my life. It's a long list nowadays, including a much-loved husband, two beautiful beagles, a wonderful home, a wonderful job, faith, health and happiness. And that was exactly what had pissed this one gentleman off.

The Art Of Gratitude For World Gratitude Day

Mike Medaglia | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Medaglia

But why do we need to be reminded to be grateful? So many people have so much. Even if their house isn't the biggest. Or they don't have enough money to buy all the things they desire. So many people live very well off and comfortable. With enough food to eat each day and access to clean water. And people around them who the can love and feel love from.

If Governments Only Cared About Happiness, What Would They Spend On?

Izzy McRae | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

Finally, as individuals, we can attempt to tackle the issues of adaption and comparison directly. We can try to avoid comparing ourselves to others, and try to adapt to negative things quickly while staying appreciative of positive things. But governments can't do this for us. Or can they? Possibly through education, but I think I'll tackle that another time.

Brexit - Time to Get Serious About Compassion

Izzy McRae | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

So last week I wrote about how to cope with other people's negative emotions. The following day, the Brexit result was announced. The result packed such a big emotional punch that even though I normally try to keep out of politics, I felt I had to write about it. Brexit shows how difficult it can be to remain compassionate and balanced in response to a slew of anger and hatred.

How Can You Avoid Catching Other People's Negative Emotions?

Izzy McRae | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

When someone is feeling negative, while it may be helpful to empathise with them, it's not great (or indeed helpful) to feel the same as them. How can we stay kind and open, without picking up their negativity?

A Father's Day Note

Liz Lowe | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

The urgent need for a gift for my husband has found me in a pottery cafe, yet again, ruining perfectly good mugs with our children's painted footprints. The irony is not lost on the toddler, who notes that I am less enthused about her handprints when they adorn the TV screen, the folding doors and my white shorts.

How a Gratitude Journal Stopped Me Feeling Half-Empty

Brogan Driscoll | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brogan Driscoll

A month ago today I had a particularly rapid downwards spiral after work one evening. I turned up at the wrong venue for a gym class and before I knew it, I was reevaluating my life choices, questioning my relationships, and worrying about money - just like that: a Tuesday night ruined. So when I arrived home later that night, I decided it was time to start my gratitude diary, an idea I'd been toying with for a while...

How to Say a Super-Charged Thank You

Izzy McRae | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

Want to know a quick and easy way to make someone's day? Tell them thank you, like you mean it. But how can you do this without looking like you are: a) sucking up, b) overly emotional or c) being formulaic?

Eight Ways to Guarantee You'll Be Miserable

Frederika Roberts | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Frederika Roberts

Are you fed up with being surrounded by happy, smiley people? Do you want to bring more misery, stress, anxiety and depression into your life and the lives of your loved ones? Then here is your handy guide.

Life Gives You Lemons? Make Lemonade!

Izzy McRae | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

It's interesting. I don't think I would have made the Gratitude Garden app if I hadn't gone through a difficult time in my career. If life had turned out as I planned, I suspect I would have followed a more traditional route of working for someone else (rather than for myself). I doubt I would ever have had the courage to set something up.

A Quick Daily Writing Practice That's Proven to Make You Happier

Izzy McRae | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

I found this practice had a really profound effect on me. For starters, I realised that I had been overlooking many of the good things that happened. I'd have a great day, marred by one argument, and at the end of the day I'd come home thinking about the argument instead of all the good things.

Four-Year-Old Teaches Mum A Valuable Lesson About Gratitude

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Parents

A mum who was experiencing a bad case of "mum guilt" about her family's one bedroom apartment, was given a fresh perspective on their situation by her...

The Power of a Thank You Can Transcend Place or Time

Anna Crossley | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Anna Crossley

Thank you. It's a universal phrase, used for countless reasons from passing the salt, to providing support in a time of crisis. And it means different things to different people. But as a nurse let me tell you, one small thank you can go a long way.

Surviving Life With a Newborn and Toddler

Liz Lowe | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

I had a baby. The last time I had a baby was just over two years ago, around the same time that we began watching Game of Thrones. Interestingly, I can remember virtually every storyline of Game of Thrones and yet I had forgotten many of the details of life with a newborn.

My 100-day 'I Love Life' Project and What I Learned

Emma Fulu | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Fulu

Every day for 100 days I shared a photograph (or video) through social media with the hashtag #ilovelife. A photograph that captured an experience, a moment, a thing, an event, that brought me joy or love or wisdom or peace.

Gratitude Photo Journals (And Other Pregnancy Projects)

Liz Lowe | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

It all felt a bit frivolous as it struck me that I should really be photographing our clean, running water, our solid roof, our well-stocked cupboards. We have so much more than so many will ever have

Three Habits For Every Startup Founder

Laura Stucki | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK
Laura Stucki

Habits help, they give you structure, a routine. They set up the framework and help you to be consistent and persevere. Habits also define who you are...

Five Steps to Brighton Your Day!

Jolene Setterfield | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jolene Setterfield

Do you ever feel like it's groundhog day? i.e. you are doing the same old thing each and every day?!... Here are five easy steps to help you change things around a little...

Self Love: Lessons in Catching the Most Important Person (You)

Xochi Balfour | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Xochi Balfour

Self love is a term often banded about in spiritual enquiry and I touched on what it means to me in my blog post on vitality last week. It is not some selfish indulgence, as our minds might lead us to believe: in fact, it is quite the opposite. In order to love others fully and without judgment, conditions or limitations, we must first love ourselves in this way.

Feeling Your Way to Gratitude

Sonja Lewis | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

As much as I have flown over the years, especially lately, I will never get used to turbulence. Sometimes pilots can do something about it, finding some smooth air; and other times, it is well beyond their control ... there is nothing but rough air to fly through. Nothing.

Changing the World, One Child at a Time

Dr Michelle K. Nielsen | Posted 03.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Michelle K. Nielsen

Millions of adults spend their hard earned money and time to read books and participate in seminars to develop life skills to create more success, happiness and fulfillment in their lives. However, one may ask, "Why wait!?". Shouldn't we be learning the basic skills of communication, goal-setting and planning from a young age?

A Perfectly Far-From-Perfect Birth Story

Genevieve Seri | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Parents
Genevieve Seri

As the days rolled passed my due date, we remained content and grew very excited. My contractions (I called them 'surges' during pregnancy and then almost spat the word away after birth and latched back on to 'contractions' with a bit of disillusionment) came on strongly on Saturday afternoon.

The Importance of Gratitude

Marta Krupinska | Posted 27.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Marta Krupinska

Lots of us have plenty of reasons to be grateful yet still focus on the negative aspects of life. It's not a surprise that our capitalist culture has led to a feeling of always wanting more - when in reality we need to take stock and be grateful for what we already have.

Three Lessons From 15 Operations: Part One

Michelle Elman | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Elman

When you get hospitalised for a prolonged period of time you start to notice all the small things that you always took for granted. In my most recent visit to the hospital, the three things I missed most were food, running and privacy (in that order).