#Gratitude

What Does It Take To See The Light?

Kimberley Burbidge | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kimberley Burbidge

You would think that life changing experiences were potentially defined by their rarity. By a stand out quality or uniqueness that makes them exquisite and precious by virtue of them being one of a kind. An experience for you alone.

How To Beat Blue Monday And Have A Good Day

Dorothy Halley-Frame | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dorothy Halley-Frame

A clever stunt if you think about it, because what is the one thing people are craving in January? A holiday! So whilst their profits are going through the roof, the rest of us are expected to mope around, full of negativity because somebody, somewhere, decided that today has to be a bad day.

Where Is The Happiest Place To Live?

Izzy McRae | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

For as long as I can remember I've been going on holiday to Galloway. It's in the south west corner of Scotland - a part of the country that's often ignored as people power up the motorway to Glasgow or Edinburgh and beyond.

Ten Unexpected Highs Of Motherhood

Rebecca Gurnham | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Gurnham

I knew I'd love my children long before we met, but I didn't expect to regard my own body with such newfound tenderness, for its absolute incredible baby-growing, baby-birthing, baby-feeding skills. Every wobbly bit is proof that the most amazing miracle actually did happen. Twice.

2016 Was A Good Year

Jessica Huie MBE | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK
Jessica Huie MBE

Not defined by ethnicity and history but unquestionably heavily influenced. Understanding that the story of black and white division through time is not always black and white.

How Feeling Sorry For Myself Changed My Life...

Richard Daniel Curtis | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Daniel Curtis

I succumbed, I let myself wallow. There were at least two days when I stopped and felt good for nothing. In the big scheme of things, that's nothing, but for me, that's huge. It goes against my mindset, I like to work through things, to keep myself busy, to keep myself active.

Gratitude: A We.Are.Able Response To Social Justice

Kim Pearce | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Style
Kim Pearce

Every human is on their own 'hero's journey', each of us attempting to make peace with the greater parts of self. If you believe what's playing out in mainstream media and in our political and educational systems, you just might fool yourself into thinking that you don't have what it takes to create what you want.

One Man's Journey Into Gratitude

Richard Daniel Curtis | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Daniel Curtis

Anyone who maintains the ritual of doing this practise every day for a few months with testify the changes it makes in their lives. You become more relaxed, you view things differently, you face challenges with a smile, acceptance and find the positive in things.

Four Simple Positive Psychology Interventions That Could Change Your Life

Michael Carthy | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Carthy

Many people have a predisposed way of seeing the bad things in life. We could look to evolution for some of the reasons why we do this. Eg: it makes sense for our ancestor who lives in the wilderness to be keenly focused on what could be negative or dangerous in order to survive.

The Surprising Benefit Of Writing A Gratitude Letter To My Father

David Roland | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
David Roland

bmm banner.jpg The gratitude that the writing and reading of my letter evoked in me 10 years ago remains. When I recall that day, as I often do, I bathe again in the memory of being a 'wonderful son' to a wonderful father.

Does Having Children Make You Happier?

Izzy McRae | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

In times of turmoil, what better than to turn to the statistics. What do they say about children and happiness? At first sight, it's not good. Most of the data seems to indicate that having children makes you less happy.

Spoiling A Child's Future For The Sake Of A Christmas Present

Danielle Manton-Kelly | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Parents
Danielle Manton-Kelly

The way that I have handled Christmas so far, seems to have actually prevented my children from feeling gratitude, and because of this, I actually believe that they enjoy Christmas far less authentically than they would if they received less and gave more.

Trump War With Peace, Misery With Joy and #Trumphatewithlove

Kimberley Burbidge | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Politics
Kimberley Burbidge

If we all do something, anything, each and every day to show that hatred and division will never rule in our own lives, this mountain of small and arguably prosaic acts of humanity, cannot but inspire others to follow suit...and then, maybe then, Trump will be rendered impotent and will get back in his box.

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.