Let’s flip the lens

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When I was growing up, my mum always taught me not to use the ‘C’ word because it was rude. Now I am making an assumption you know the ‘C’ word of which I am referring. Of course, the ‘C’ word on everyone’s lips these days is different. Once again, I am not going to […]

CEO Magazine: Why you’ll want to cultivate a culture of gratitude in the workplace

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In this article Michelle wrote for CEO Magazine, she explains that practising gratitude can boost wellbeing, productivity and resilience levels within your team. When organisations analyse their culture and determine their values, ‘gratitude’ isn’t a trait that is likely to appear, and yet it is increasingly evidenced as being critical for wellbeing and success. In […]

Are you trying to go it alone?

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Johann Hari’s wonderful book – Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions, is a stark reminder of the fact that as humans we crave connection. Without connection we feel lost, isolated and that impacts our mental health and well-being. In the book he recounts studies in the US which asks the […]

Which frame are you choosing?

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There is a famous Native American story, which goes like this… One evening, an old Cherokee tells his grandson that inside all people a battle goes on between two wolves. One wolf is negativity: anger, sadness, stress, contempt, disgust, fear, embarrassment, guilt, shame and hate. The other is positivity: joy, gratitude, serenity, hope, pride, amusement, […]

Are you over complicating it?

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We live in a society that is based on more. We’re told to strive for more, buy more, do more and be more. As the noted historian, Yuval Noah Harari, wrote in his book Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow: “The most common reaction of the human mind to achievement is not satisfaction, but craving […]

It’s time to press the pause button

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I love Christmas. Putting up the tree, buying presents, celebrating, catching up with old and new friends, and spending time with family. It’s a time for renewal and reflection. And yet this year it took a while for the Christmas spirit to catch on; to the extent that I debated with my husband as to […]

Want to get more out of each day?

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I’ve just finished reading Gretchen Ruben’s book, The Happiness Project. One of the quotes that stood out was: “The days are long, but the years are short.” I like the sentiment that’s captured by those thoughts, and yet I frequently find it feels like the days are short too. It can be easy to get […]

Ten things you can do to make a ‘bad day’ better

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Bad days. Crap days. Days when you don’t feel like getting out of bed, or wish you hadn’t.  We all have them, as they are a fundamental ingredient of life. Think about it for a minute: if every day you had was great you’d never truly appreciate those great days.  You’d likely take them for […]

It’s time for your annual stocktake

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If, like me, you are wondering where the year went and how it’s possible that it’s only a week until Christmas, now’s a great time to stop and reflect on 2016. At this point in the year it can be easy to wish the days away as you are on countdown to completing everything that […]