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?”
This song by 10cc and written by its band members Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman, was played on the radio while I was driving last weekend.
Immediately it reminded me of myself as a teenager – which I was at the time it was released. Music does that, doesn’t it, takes us straight back there.
And I realised, too, that I feel differently, as I listen to it now… Continue reading ““I’m not in love…””
I was at a CIPD Sussex Branch Conference on the Future of Work yesterday which was excellent.
One of the speakers, Leatham Green (whose session I really enjoyed) showed a couple of short, very funny and thought-provoking YouTube clips about how we copy other people’s behaviour even if we don’t know why or it doesn’t make any sense. I’ve written about this phenomenon before in my post: ‘The Psychology of Unwritten Rules’.
I thought I’d share these clips with you now because I really like them and hope that you will, too – the first is just under 4 minutes and the second just 2½ minutes – and I think both are well worth taking the time to watch for the entertainment value alone.
The first one is a social experiment:
This is a quote from author Amanda Prowse which I heard recently on Channel 5’s ‘The Wright Stuff’.
She talks a lot of sense, and you can tell I liked what I heard that day as she also features in my previous blog ‘All Her Possessions Fit Into One Carry-on Suitcase?’.
On this occasion she also talked about ageing. She’d noticed how much time (and money) she was spending dyeing her hair and getting Botox injections – all to avoid signs of growing older. Continue reading ““Ageing is a Privilege.””
I smiled when I heard the author Amanda Prowse on TV recently, having been asked if it were true that all her possessions could fit into a carry-on suitcase, reply:
“… all of my possessions can fit into a 2.5 litre plastic box.”
As if this weren’t impressive enough, she then went on to say that when she travels anywhere she takes only 3 outfits with her:
“… one in the wash, one to wear and one spare …” Continue reading “All Her Possessions Fit into One Carry-on Suitcase?”
“While wandering a deserted beach at dawn, stagnant in my work, I saw a man in the distance bending and throwing as he walked the endless stretch toward me.
As he came near, I could see that he was throwing starfish, abandoned on the sand by the tide, back into the sea.
When he was close enough I asked him why he was working so hard at this strange task. He said that the sun would dry the starfish and they would die.
I said to him that I thought he was foolish. There were thousands of starfish on miles and miles of beach. One man alone could never make a difference.
He smiled as he picked up the next starfish. Hurling it far into the sea he said, “It makes a difference for this one.”
I abandoned my writing and spent the morning throwing starfish.”
This story by Loren Eisley has been told in lots of different ways and places and I love it. It fits so well with my beliefs that:
- seemingly small things can, and do, matter.
- what we say and do on a daily basis can make a real difference – not just to ourselves, but to others, too. Continue reading “Making a Difference”
“The thought manifests as the word;
the word manifests as the deed;
the deed develops into habit;
and habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
and let it spring from love
born out of concern for all beings.”
I came across this Henry Ford quote again recently and it made me smile.
It reminds me of the times I’ve asked or paid someone else to do a specific job for me and then been really annoyed (rather than grateful) when they pointed out something I hadn’t noticed or suggested it might be done differently for a better result. Continue reading ““Just do it!””