The importance of positivity: brighten up your home with pretty prints

We all know how annoying it is to be in a foul mood and for somebody to give the well-meaning advice: “stay positive”,”cheer up”, “it’ll all be okay in the end”. And we all know how it feels to be stuck in a rut. A day where nothing works out: you make a mistake at …

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Why, where and how to register to vote for the 2017 General Election

Please, please, please, please, please - if you do anything today, sign up to vote. WHEN IS THE DEADLINE? Your deadline to register online is 23.59 GMT on Monday 22 May. So GET ON IT, it really doesn’t take long. https://twitter.com/YourVote_UK/status/862300096691658752 HOW DO I VOTE And, if you don’t do it online, you can fill out …

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If you’re always running late, you’re actually quite rude

We’ve all got that one friend. https://giphy.com/gifs/disney-alice-in-wonderland-late-dZd2D5Da1954I   They’re late for everything. They'll bluster in hours after the social event, perhaps with an apology, sometimes (frustratingly) not. Even when you invite them an hour before everybody else, they’re still late. You end up eating your dinner before they even arrive and always feel silly for …

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Horse riding has become my most healing hobby

Sitting down to write this post made me wince with pain. No, this blog isn’t that much of a chore... I’ve been horse riding for the first time in months and, although my body hurts like hell, my mind feels calmer than ever. Increasingly, horses are being used for mindfulness - proving especially effective for …

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Ten positive New Year’s resolutions, because 2016 was gloomy enough

Another year, another broken list of promises. I usually stay away from New Year's resolutions as they usually end in failure and, consequently, shame and disappointment. Part of the reason behind this is that most people's New Year's resolutions are negative - quit smoking, stop drinking, ban toxic people from my life, give up chocolate... But 2016 …

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You should think twice about telling children lies about Santa Claus at Christmas

It's Christmas Eve and many will be prepping a mince pie for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph in anticipation of a strange bearded man tumbling down their chimney with presents in toe. But, although it is a treat to see children's faces when their living room is miraculously filled with presents and it is also fun …

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