The to-do list is the backbone of our day, a stick to beat our cellulite with and barometer of busyness, importance and procrastination.
Our feelings of alienation, in what can feel like an alien nation, if we admitted to them, are the things that unite us. We can feel lost, shut out or misunderstood and pretend to have hay fever on the bus when overwhelming thoughts demand a dab of the eye and a honk of the nose.
You know you want to be happy and you know it's important for your wellbeing. However, you're confused and unclear about how to actually get to happiness. This isn't surprising as there are so many myths and messages being shouted from the rooftops.
The human brain is an incredible thing. Whereas previously the brain was thought of as static and 'hard wired' in adulthood after your formative childhood years, now scientists have found that in fact, it is a highly adaptable and rewireable organ, right into old age.
When munchkin was about 14 months old, I began going to yoga classes while my husband watched the baby, and it was such a relief to do something just for me. And yes, I could almost hear the strains of Adele singing.... "HELLOOOO" in my mind as I did my downward dog. Yes, Hello, I was back.
A few months back I was sitting on a train flicking through a free magazine I'd picked up at Kings Cross Station, when I found my eyes drawn to a short write-up about a mental health first aid course. In much the same way as physical first aid, it teaches you to recognise signs of mental ill health and guide the person towards appropriate support.
Rituals can be found at the very foundations of every ancient culture, yet their significance today is often overlooked. Human beings naturally gravitate toward rituals. For example, the way we comb or brush our hair, the route we take to work or the things we do when we prepare for a big competition, presentation or meeting.
These days I'm hearing more and more about the stress and heartache redundancy brings, so I decided to write a very personal piece reflecting the gamut of emotions I experienced whilst going through this very same process.
Busy. Very busy. That's how most business leaders would describe themselves. Perhaps there's just enough spare time to down a coffee, scan a Metro and start another 12-hour day. So busy, in fact, they don't have time to explore the connection between well-being, self-belief and success. But this is something Denis Gorce-Bourge is hoping to change.
We all have our own way of doing things, our own internal rule book, if you like, and we don't take too kindly to other people or situations messing that up. Holding on to a set vision in the face of challenging circumstances is, in most cases, a sure path to disappointment, anger, resentment and a variety other negative emotions.