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H.O.P.E. – Helping Other Possibilities Emerge

I suspect we all appreciate how powerful the feeling of hope can be to individuals, families, and communities. Within the field of wellbeing research Hope is viewed as a combination of a belief that it is possible to work toward desired goals (often referred to as ‘agency’) and an ability to imagine different practical ways… Read More
“There is no perfect on this planet” Maria Sirois, Happiness After Loss.   If we really believed this statement, and objectively, who would disagree, then we would not have so much striving, falling short and shame. All of us, subject to the human condition, are imperfect. Semantically of course, to be perfect is to be… Read More
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Three Aphorisms in One!

Let’s start with the three similar but different aphorisms: Hurt people, hurt people. Healed people, heal people. Growing people, grow people. Before we explore each of these sayings, let’s first remind ourselves that an aphorism is simply an observation which contains a general truth. Of course, there are clear exceptions and other possibilities to each… Read More
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Toxic Positivity or Positive Reframing?

I heard the term toxic positivity used recently and found myself curious – and I’ll admit, a little defensive – about the difference between this and a term I choose to use, positive reframing. Clearly the former has negative connotations and the latter – dare I say it – has positive connotations! I take toxic… Read More
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One of two reasons

What makes you smile? I wonder what comes to mind for you as you ponder this question? Maybe your first thought was being with other people – family, friends, colleagues, or pets. Maybe your mind turned to nature and spending time in the great outdoors, experiencing emotions such as awe and wonder. Maybe your mind… Read More
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Gratitude Is All That Is Left to Feel

“Don’t let the beauty of life escape you…Marvel at the fact that any of this exists —that you exist” Ryan Holiday, Stillness is the Key. Emerging from a cold winter with the first tentative rays of spring shining through, this particular quote resonates with me. It is also the essence of one of my personal… Read More
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What Should We Have for Dinner?

I’m experiencing decision fatigue! Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I’m just stating how I am feeling (as my kids would say, ‘not hating, just stating’). The reason I’m not complaining is because I am approximately half-way through the longest, and most amazing, holiday of my life! I am incredibly fortunate to be… Read More
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Don’t Forget Eustress!

How is your relationship with the term ‘stress’? For most people, the term stress has an enormously negative profile. When people report they are stressed, they are generally referring to how difficult and challenging things are in their life at the current point in time. Back in Blog 48, Sue provided a recommendation of Kelly… Read More
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Are You Living Your Manifesto Life?

One of our my manifesto mates remarked that they had a visceral reaction when they realised they were living an important aspect of their manifesto life. The moment crept up on them; they were experiencing an event when they found themselves ‘tearing up’. Why was this? After some reflection, they realised that their awareness had… Read More