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January/February 2018

What ticks your well-being box?

Our dogs are 10 years old this month. By co-incidence our cats were also born in February and will be 8 years old. Happy Birthday my furry friends!
Whilst animals give some of us a great sense of well-being, the feeling of “well-being” is subjective. It relates to how as individuals we evaluate and experience our lives.

People describe having a sense of well-being in different ways. Here are two descriptions. Some say it is a feeling of being content and satisfied with their life - that all is well in their world. Others say it occurs when there is a sense of balance between the physical, spiritual and mental aspects of whom they are.
Did you know The Wellbeing Programme was founded in 2003?
Last month Richard Layard was in an interview with Andrew Marr to mark the publication of “The Origins of Happiness”. Richard Layard is the Director of the Wellbeing Programme at the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE. A direct way in which the Wellbeing Programme is involved in promoting a happier society is through the movement “Action for Happiness”, which was co-founded by Richard Layard in 2011. Action for Happiness helps people take action for a happier and more caring world.
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible". Dalai Lama
Kindness Calendar
Last December, Action for Happiness had a great idea on their website - a Kindness Calendar. A different kindness intention was printed on each day throughout the month. An example of one of the days intentions was - Do something helpful for a friend or family member.
How about creating your own kindness calendar and writing on a kindness intention for each day of the next month? If you decide to do it, I would love to hear your feedback of how it went.
This time of the year can be full of promises.
Despite the cold temperatures and grey skies, there are new shoots poking through the ground which are growing into snowdrops, crocuses, even daffodils - giving us the promise of spring.
At the start of a new year many people promise themselves “a fresh start” or a “new me”.
Did you know 4 out of 5 people who set goals to achieve their dreams, break them?
One third do not even get to the end of the first month!
Some of us set the same dreams (goals) repeatedly and then…
Get disappointed with the results!
If you are the 1 out of 5 people who has already achieved your goals – Well Done. Great News!
If you are one of the other - 4 out of 5, this may interest you.
 “Our life is what our thoughts make it”. Marcus Aurelius

There is a belief everything begins with a thought and that our thoughts create emotions, which then create our behaviour.

Norman Vincent Peale tells us “Change your thoughts and you change your world”.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Have you ever had a dream of a compelling future?
A dream that felt so great you could almost reach out and touch it?

Did that feeling give you a great sense of well-being?

Maybe you took steps toward that dream, only to find it remained elusive and just out of reach?
One way toward achieving our dreams is to have someone who will help us create the right steps we need to take and who will then keep us accountable. Someone like the right coach can do just that.
 “If we did all the things we are capable of we would astound ourselves”. Thomas Edison
February 14th is St Valentine’s Day
Many of us think of February as a month associated with romance.
There are different stories about who was St Valentine. One is that in the 3rd century the Emperor of Rome believed single men performed better as soldiers than married ones. A priest named Valentine did not agree and secretly continued to marry couples. When his actions were discovered by the Emperor he was put to death.
Valentine greetings go back as far as the middle ages with written valentines appearing after 1400. One surviving poem was from Charles, Duke of Orleans in 1415. The poet, Chaucer, in the middle ages was the first to link St Valentine with romantic love with his poem, The Parliament of Fowls.
Have you heard that in some parts of the world Valentine's Day is observed as a day for expressing love between family members and friends, rather than that of romantic couples?
"One way to feel good about yourself is to love yourself... to take care of yourself". Goldie Hawn
Why not show love to ourselves in February? Ideas could include: -
  • Loving and respecting ourselves every day.
  • Ask three trusted friends to tell us what they like best about us.
  • Relaxing in the bath.
  • Treat ourselves to a facial or massage.
  • Remember to show compassion to ourselves.
Laughter is another route to well-being
They say laughter is a smile with the volume turned up.
Did you know laughter is therapeutic and a great antidote to stress? A good belly laugh has many scientifically proven benefits?
Benefits such as creating an emotional balance, increasing positive feelings, decreasing negative feelings, giving our immune system a boost, improving our circulation and increasing our pain threshold by 10%.
Did you also know that you can laugh without a sense of humour? You can even laugh when you are not feeling happy?
HOW? Through Laughter Yoga. 
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I run laughter yoga sessions as a positive and fun way for employees and individuals to improve their well-being and reap the benefits of laughter. These sessions combine playful exercises with gentle stretching and yogic breathing and end in a relaxation. Each session is adapted according to the participants.
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STOP PRESS: I will be running the next Laughter and Relaxation Session very soon. To reserve a place contact me either via phone or email listed below.
Remember, "Laughter is an instant vacation" - Milton Berle
Have a great month everyone.

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