Blog: I love getting older

Today is my birthday, I have turned 39 years old. I am grateful to be getting older, each and every day. It might sound odd, that I am glad to be getting older. It means I am grateful to be alive and living my life. I certainly do not wish for the opposite: death. Getting…

Blog: The voyage home

  Hello everyone This blog is written on 1 May 2022, during a two hour delay to my flight back to Manchester. Happy May day. As I return home today, the first elements of my every day life and routine return to me. Tomorrow is a Bank Holiday in England so I do at least…

Blog: With thanks

Hello from Qawra, Malta. I am writing this blog on Friday 29 April. The sun is shining and I am enjoying a peaceful morning. One of the ten key areas of happiness is giving. It feels to both receive and give it out thanks. Sadly the place I work reserves thanks mainly for monetary rewards…

Blog: My Marathon Journey

Running has been a big part of my life for many years. I’ve been fortunate enough to run marathons in amazing places such as Paris, New York, Chicago and Berlin. I am not a particularly quick runner but I do it to support my mental health. I was due to run the Barcelona Marathon in…

Blog: Go with gratitude

  I’ve had a couple of weekend away recently. One took me to somewhere new, and this weekend has taken me to an area I love. I know the area well and have many memories linked to this area. I am currently writing this at Rievaulx abbey in Ryedale, North Yorkshire. I’m away at my…

How gratitude rewires your brain

Gratitude and focusing on it can help to boost the positivity in your life. Its good for your wellbeing, as well as your overall wellbeing. There is a great TedTalk on this topic, which explore this further. Here is a blurb for the video “When a psychologist who studies well-being ends up with a brain…

Blog: Ready for a break

We are once again facing uncertain times, I for one am ready for a break in more ways than one. My mental health isn’t the best at the moment, I find the the run up to Christmas difficult, I lost my dad back in 2014 and I’ve found that I take a “dip” just before…

Blog: Carry on my wayward son

Life never stays the same. Change is constant, change is inevitable. All good things must come to an end. But in many endings you can find the next chapter. As 2021 is coming to an end another chapter is closing, the year is changing. Many people find the new year to be a place and…

Blog: Giving

The internet tells me today (30 November) is called giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving where everyone, everywhere can do something to support the good causes that mean so much to them. You can volunteer your time; donate money; share your skills; campaign for something; donate goods, food, or clothes; organise…

Blog: Thanksgiving 2

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating.  Last year, I wrote a blog on Thanksgiving and the importance of gratitude in general. The message of ‘The act of saying thank you for small –and big –things that we do for each other, is a good way to demonstrate that you still appreciate somebody rather than assuming that…