Practising gratitude – the benefits of gratitude journalling

Practising gratitude – the benefits of gratitude journalling

We’re at the end of January; the fun and festivities of Christmas and New Year are well and truly over. All that remains of the celebrations are the dregs of a forgotten bottle of flat lemonade; the reject Coconut Eclairs in an otherwise empty tub of Quality Street; and a barely touched Christmas cake that mum insists on having every year; “because Uncle David likes it with a glass of sherry on Christmas Day.”

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New Year’s resolutions done differently

New Year’s resolutions done differently

Hands-up who’s made New Year’s Resolutions? Keep them up if you’ve already broken them! It’s something many of us do, year in, year out – promise to exercise more; lose weight; cut down on drinking; save more money; pursue a career ambition – you know the story!

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The art of the handwritten “Thank you”

The art of the handwritten “Thank you”

We say: “Thank you” more than any other nationality. Our lives are crammed with thank yous: “Thanks for holding the door open”; “thanks for giving me a lift”; “thanks for taking out the recycling”.

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How to avoid festive burnout

How to avoid festive burnout

“Are you ready for Christmas?” Five words that can raise your blood pressure in a nanosecond. If you say “Yes” – you bought your presents back in the summer sales AND wrapped them, you sound horribly smug.

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Simple Christmas Crafts

Simple Christmas Crafts

For some of us, Christmas is the highlight of the year – nothing can compete with the buzz of excitement that the season brings: the colours, the lights, the parties and the presents.

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Why writing is good for your wellbeing

Why writing is good for your wellbeing

How often do you hear people say ‘Oh, I can’t write to save my life’? It seems so harsh. Because the truth is, everyone can write, and writing for wellbeing is something that we can all do, whether we got an A* in English at school, or not.

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Beating the Autumn Blues

Beating the Autumn Blues

That melancholy feeling, a sadness you can’t quite put your finger on, and a lack of energy. There’s no mistaking the Autumn Blues.

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