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.

Smiling is infectious too

I can’t believe I missed World Smile Day last Friday.  Being such a smiley person, I don’t often need an excuse, but as we’re all having such a testing year I thought it would be good to extend the smiles for a few more days and see how many people we can infect with our positivity.

Smiling and laughter is so important to us all, yet it’s something we tend to do much less as we grow older.  Did you know the following facts: 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

S is for Smile Culture

Well what a start to my day today!  First I get up in the dark and my bare foot treads on something strange.  When I put the light on I find it’s half a dead mouse that our lovely cat, Maverick, has brought in.  After showering and dressing, I then shoot off to a breakfast meeting and having circled the block a few times to find a car parking space, arrive at the venue only to be told that the meeting has been cancelled!  I started to hear Eeyore in my head saying ‘I don’t know why you bothered!  What a day this is going to be!’ However, soon allowed this to pass as the person behind the reception desk was so charming.  The way they handled the situation made me think of all the things I Continue reading