Day 13 of F.O.O.D. – CHOCOLATES to remind us of Kindness!!

Day 13 of my Advent Calendar is all about kindness and so what better acronym than CHOCOLATES!

Kindness has such amazing benefits for the giver as well as the receiver and is a free resource!  I started thinking of some of the random acts of kindness we could do and have listed them below.

Pay a genuine compliment to someone.  I know we Brits find it difficult to accept them but it does make us feel warm and fuzzy!

Help out your neighbours with a task they’re finding difficult

Order forward a coffee or a tea the next time you are in a cafe

If you’re handy in the kitchen you may find baking a cake is your thing.  I hear a lot of banana bread has been making the rounds this year!

Optimism provides others with hope of what can be

Listen with your full body, involving your eyes and your heart will enable you to hear much more

Apologise for something you should have said ‘sorry’ for

Treat others like they’d like to be treated

Express gratitude for things you appreciate.  A thank you makes such a difference

Smile – a resource that you can give away with generosity …  and genuineness

The picture I have chosen is of the chocolate shop in Filey, my home town.  It’s been open since 1919 and makes the most delicious chocolates.

O is for Optimism

During ‘lock-down’, rainbows have become such a sign of optimism and spreading hope.  I’ve loved seeing all the handmade ones drawn on pavements or adorning windows in thanks to the NHS.

Optimism is key to navigating the times we find ourselves in at the moment.  Yet, whenever I talk about the benefits of having an optimistic outlook, I always feel the need to go to great lengths to discuss the difference between optimism and positivity as the former often gets a bad rap, often seen as being very Pollyanna-ish and not in touch with reality.  When I think about optimism I see at as a belief that the future is positive.  I’m not in denial Continue reading

Z is for Zest

Well we’ve made it! We’ve reached the last letter of the alphabet. I didn’t think we’d take quite so long to get here, but we have. And I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that I’ve decided that Z will be for Zest for Life. As someone who wakes up smiley and full of energy each day, I thought it would be wasteful not to examine ‘zest’ in more detail. Looking at its dictionary definitions, zest is great enthusiasm and energy, eagerness, keen, passion, love as well as the outer coloured part of the peel for use in flavouring. Zest has been defined as one of the character strengths key to living a happy and fulfilling life. And I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that cultivating optimism is a sure way to being zestful, along with a good diet, sleep and exercise.

Talking of optimism, did you know that March is the month of optimism? Continue reading

H is for Happy Workforce

10557212_583260071784487_3762945260306016564_nIs there something that in all honesty you take for granted?  I have to say, that for me, it was my work.  It wasn’t until quite recently that I sat looking out of my office, thinking how happy I was to be working in such beautiful surroundings, doing something I loved and working with some amazing people.  And feeling this way made me feel really optimistic and positive about what I could achieve.  It was at that moment, Continue reading