10 Ways To Make Yourself Happy

Happiness is within reach.  Here is my list of mood boosting activities – it is a list I keep for when I need a pick-me-up.  Try making your own list and watch your life expand. Write a letter to an old friend.  In fact write lots of letters to lots of friends.  It will let people…

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There’s A Cat On My Knee / To Play Happily

Sitting with friends, Watching T.V., But the best thing by far, Is the cat on my knee. My mind starts to wander, To fields out yonder; A cottage and hills; a broad, rooted tree. Striding up mountains, Crackling fires. Living the dance: Life a lived chance. As she snuggles and purrs, The way she prefers,…

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Meta Meditation

Otherwise known as loving-kindness meditation, meta meditation increases empathy and compassion for the world around you.  As a practice it comes from the Buddhist tradition, though you need not be Buddhist, or even religious, to benefit from the meditation. To do it, all you need is a quiet spot and either good intentions or the…

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Les Mis

I looked over from the Chinese restaurant.   ‘Why would anyone want to see “The Miserables”?’  I said. ‘I know what you mean,’ said Poppy. A year later I went to see Les Mis, for my 30th birthday. It is the best musical I have ever seen and I will never put it down again no…

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Status

I come from a family that suffers with narcissism.  It is socially accepted, in that we are all encouraged to hustle and compete with each other for status. But what is status? When you focus on gaining statussy things; job titles instead of fulfilling jobs; pedigree animals instead of animal friends; posh houses instead of…

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The Bunch of Flowers

‘I’ve bought these flowers for myself,’ I laughingly told the next table.  ‘But they’re really pretty!’ Sometimes it’s good to treat yourself, and last night, while dressed up to the nines, was one of those times.  Plus they were £1.50. I danced around town – you can dance in a wheelchair – and then gave…

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