On the topic of missing people who have died, at just over 3 minutes, I think Hussain Manawer performing ‘The White Rose’, his poem about the loss of his mother is worth a watch:
It’s that time of year again – my ‘guilty pleasure’ Britain’s Got Talent is back on ITV in the UK.
I caught up on the audition stages last week and was incredibly touched by Father Ray Kelly’s rendition of the R.E.M. classic (a 7 minute clip including his introduction to the panel before he sings):
This morning my street is lined with wheelie bins as the first post-Christmas rubbish and recycling collection is due.
I wonder how much of the contents will be wrapping paper.
Apparently, a recent survey found that half of us in Britain would be happy to receive presents unwrapped in order to cut down on waste.
This is about saving on paper, recycling and saving the planet – and for many of us, now, this extends to doing away with physical Christmas cards, too.
Of course, it’s too late to change what we did for Christmas this year, but a good time to think about what we might want to do differently in 2018. Continue reading “‘To Wrap or Not to Wrap?’ – that is the question…”
I was prompted to think about happiness last week when a note written on the subject by Albert Einstein was sold for $1.56m.
He gave it to a courier in Tokyo in 1922 instead of a tip. Having just heard that he’d won the Nobel prize for physics he told the messenger that, if he was lucky, the note would become valuable – how right he was!
But was he also right in what he wrote in the note itself? It said:
“A calm and humble life will bring more happiness
than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it.” Continue reading “Happier, calmer – and slower?”
I recently came across an article By You’ll Be Happier If You Let Yourself Feel Bad’.
It talks about a study, led by University of Toronto Assistant Psychology Professor Brett Ford, which explores the link between our acceptance of negativity and our well-being. Continue reading “Who’s in charge, you or your emotions?”