We all like to be seen as experts, and it seems that many people think that an easy way to give the impression that you are one is to tell others what caused their problems. This is not always helpful.
If you have the wherewithal to choose exotic ingredients, and the skill to mix them creatively, the results might be fantastic, or, if it goes wrong, catastrophic. On the other hand, though an exotic recipe might sound tempting, don't overlook the ingredients you already have.
Some situations in life seem to demand grand gestures. It's not where you seek but how you seek that is important
Altruism if one of the natural characteristics of our species, so you are probably ahead of me on this. As a reminder though, Tuesday 11th February sees the start of Random Acts of Kindness Week.
Despite a multitude of books on the subject trying to be happy doesn't work. Achieving happiness is like the Holy Grail of personal development.
Arriving somewhere new always tempts comparison with what we already know. It is a habit that is best resisted if you want to get the most of where you are when you arrive.
Food intolerance is widespread and we are increasingly well informed about what we eat. We take great care to ensure we don’t ingest things that are toxic to our bodies. But we totally ignore the list of things that do us harm mentally. We happily and ignorantly indulge in daily habits that, to us a technical term “do our heads in." If we can spot the common allergens we can do something about them and make wiser choices.
Choosing how we think about ourselves and our lives is more helpful than waiting for life to happen to us then complaining that we got a raw deal. All it takes is some purposeful thinking and a little persistence. Here’s how to do something different. Or, in case that's too much trouble, I've provided a helpful list so that you can stick to what you know best.
Being 'spoilt for choice' is a nicer problem to have than feeling trapped by circumstance. If you are unfortunate enough to find yourself in a situation you feel helpless to change, creating a range of options can be empowering, without having to actually do anything else.
Positive social connections are a significant factor in the lives of people who demonstrate high levels of resilience. But even weak ties are important too.