It sounds very noble, doesn’t it?
To practice Gratitude.
It has that wonderful aura of something ancient and mystical.
Like a magical sprite in a fairytale that flits hither and thither, turning darkness into light, pain to joy, sorrow to happiness.
In fact it’s been touted as such a cure-all for difficult times and misfortune that it’s becoming something of a joke. A parody.
Just another ‘new age fad’, like hot yoga, or positive thinking. Or coconut oil.
And I confess, I thought the same. Continue reading
Do you agree?
Setting goals is very similar to arranging formal dinner parties.
Or maybe you've never made the connection?
I hadn't until last week when I was arranging my own dinner party.
Have you heard?
Quiet is the new black.
Picture the scene...
The room is filling up. People are meeting and greeting each other.
There are a few that seem to know everyone. They’re chatting endlessly, their voices filling the air. They’re seeking people out, you can’t miss them.
You might even feel yourself staring.
And over there, someone’s standing quietly.
Do you want to halve your worries?
And double your happiness?
Silly question, perhaps. Because there's probably no one alive who wouldn't want to worry less.
Sometimes it seems there just aren't enough hours in the day for all the things we have to worry about.
Because worry is a vicious cycle: the more we worry, the more it sets off a chain reaction of more worry.
But what can you do about it?
Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. Swedish Proverb
Are you plagued by worries?
Do negative thoughts keep you awake at night?
Do they scuttle around the inside of your head? Burrow into your brain, scratching at your frayed nerves, gnawing at your happiness?
Worrying your already threadbare peace of mind to tatters?
It’s a vicious cycle of worry and negative thinking. Like a virus, it takes over your life, infecting every part of your happiness.
And like the plague, once you’re infected, you’d best quit making plans.
You heard this a thousand times growing up.
You were supposed to be thankful for everything and everyone.
But it only seemed to be the other person who benefited from your gratitude.
Well, nowadays even science confirms that’s not the case…Continue reading
Isn’t that just your luck?
Another opportunity passed you by.
Another year the same old same old.
Another disappointment to force down.
And what makes it even harder to swallow is that some people just seem to have all the luck. Exciting opportunities seems to fall into their laps.
Can it really be that some people are just born lucky?
Perhaps. I don’t honestly know the answer to that. What I do know is that you can make your own luck. You can choose to be the person who attracts opportunity, who has exciting offers fall into their lap.
Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.
Are you keeping up?
Because the pace of modern life is frantic.
And it's all too easy to fall behind with commitments and responsibilities:
There's an endless list of expectations and tasks on your already tyrannical to-do list.
You run like a frenzied hamster on a wheel but still can't keep up.
Because the truth is, most mornings just getting your ass out of the door on time is a major achievement.
And another frozen TV dinner on your return, a major culinary event.
And inbetween, that wheel never stops spinning, ever faster.
What a waste!
You’re as happy as a kid in a sandbox, all set for a positively great day.
And then the flames of discontent start to smoulder...
And why do my keys think it's hilarious to hide when I'm in such a rush?
But once you’ve left the house it just gets worse...