Brighten up a cold winter’s day

What better way of spending a cold, grey winter’s day in London than admiring the beautiful colours of the Orchids at the Kew Garden’s orchid festival.  Starting with a brisk walk in the gardens, watching the early signs of spring already peaking out in the form of buds, snow drops and even daffodils.  Admiring the…

Enjoy life without guilt

What is it about us women that makes it impossible for us to enjoy anything in life without feeling guilty about it? We work, raise children, look after our old relatives, our friends, look after the whole household with ALL its responsibilities, spend hours shaving or else de-hairing ourselves and paint our nails to look…

Happy book – the Rosie project

I’m probably behind on this one as many people read this already, but if you haven’t, and are after a brilliant read which is incredibly funny, read “The Rosie project” by Graeme Simison, this summer!!  Don Tillman has never had a second date, but decides it’s time he found himself a wife, so he (a…

Acts of kindness

In the happiness club this month we are exploring how kindness will increase our happiness. When we display some form of kindness, the generosity of being kind will nearly always pay back several times over in the satisfaction it gives us to be generous and kind.  For me, I think of it as having been…

Inspiration from Madiba

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frighten us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God….

Happy food (well it has a bit of fruit in it) – Cosmopolitan

How could I forget the cosmopolitan recipe! Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it at the happiness club meeting last night so I “had to” make myself another one today just for the photo!! šŸ˜‰ 25ml vodka  12.5ml Cointreau 25ml cranberry juice Juice of 1/2 lime Ice cubes Orange/lime twist for decoration  Mix…

Happy food – fish stew and swiss rollĀ 

There was a request at the last happiness club meeting to share some of the recipes of the food served, so here are a couple of super quick recipes of a fish stew and swiss roll dessert.  Helena’s easy peasy fish stew  Most stews will benefit from cooking for a while but this one is…

Happiness club meeting holistic health

We had a lovely happiness meeting this weekend on our theme of the month ā€œholistic healthā€. We did some work (with cocktails) on the four areas Mind, Body, Spirit and Gut. We each wrote down our own tips for improving our wellbeing and happiness in each of these areas, and had lots of interesting discussions…

Be creative – it makes us happy

I love my job, which mostly involves talking to people and working in front of a computer, but I am always more pleased with my day’s work if it involves having actually created something (physical). Recently on holiday with my sons in Sweden, we repainted this old bench blue, (they picked the colour inspired by…

Who is your favourite person?

Someone told me recently for no particular reason, that I was one of their favourite people. They have no idea what a positive effect that has had on me and how it helps me get through challenging moments. I can do an lot of things wrong, or be frustrated about this that and the other,…

Mind, body, gut and spirit

To make sure we lead happy, balanced lives, in the happiness club this month we are discussing the importance of focusing similar amounts of time on MIND (I felt happier when I tried..), BODY (my body enjoyed..), GUT (my gut health improved when..)Ā andĀ SPIRIT (my spirit lifted when..). Focusing on the MIND is centred around positive…

Happiness club meeting

When the Happiness club met this month to discuss the theme of the month, how to simplify and de-clutter our lives, there was first of all a recognition that simplifying our lives really does not happen over night! Even though some of us had managed to get rid of some clutter both in terms of…