Hello and Happy Humpday to you!
How are we all? It’s been a while since I’ve found the time to send out a Happiness Injection… but boy do we all need an extra hit of happiness right now.
Happiness is a weird one though isn’t it? Hard to define, hard to quantify and hard to appreciate when we have it. Lots of us fall into the trap of thinking we’ll be happy when we reach a certain milestone, acquire a certain thing or achieve a certain level of success.
We’re getting it all wrong though gang… the secret to long-term happiness, according to Harvard professor Arthur C Brookes is to look at what we can take away from our lives, rather than what we think we need to add to it: it’s called the reverse bucket list. A mountain of research shows that when we achieve our ‘bucket list’ items, dissatisfaction creeps in pretty quickly and we feel the need to reach for the next thing. Reversing your bucket list sounds freeing and fun… have a read of this piece and see if it might work for you.
At the moment the news is tough, there’s no getting away from it. Mainstream media reports combined with distressing images on social media are enough to send anxiety levels soaring on a daily basis.
As you know I’m a big fan of seeking out good news in an effort to calm a worried mind; so I wanted to recommend to you a fantastic book I just read on my holiday (Lanzarote… sunny, boozy, bloody lovely, thanks for asking). And Now For The Good News by Ruby Wax details all the ‘green shoots of hope’ which are peeking through worldwide. It’s written in her usual acerbic, funny tone and felt like the antidote to all the relentless negativity we are faced with on the news. It really made me feel hopeful that things will get better for the generations to come, in terms of community, education, business and family life. If you’re a bit overwhelmed and frazzled, give it a whirl.
Finally if your kids are anything like mine they’ll have lots of questions about what’s happening in Ukraine… and most of those questions are pretty tricky to answer. I came across this great resource from Save the Children, full of practical tips on how you can talk to your children about conflict. Save the Children are running an urgent appeal to fund their humanitarian work on the ground. If you feel able to make a donation you can do so here.
Have a great day.