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Christmas-2015My online course, Choosing Happiness – Live Happy Your Way, is running again in Spring 2016. You can book your or a friend’s place on the course now (beginning Mon 29 Feb 2016) with a Gift Voucher, only available until the end of 2015. Then registration will reopen on Monday 7 February 2016.


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#SavouringHappiness no27

Savouring. It’s not just for food. Savouring moments of happiness in your everyday life has been shown to boost your happiness levels, after that particular moment has passed.

You can join in with lots of others by posting your snap of a happy moment from this week on Instagram with #savouringhappiness and tag me @thegreengable too. Here are a few pics from last week:  @lovelylollyb  @printablejoydesigns
@bysanchone  @lucy_fisk
@ol_dvs  @xxbirdhouse  @sim.plethings

It feels so important, more than ever, to notice and savour the moments of joy in our lives. So even if you don’t want to share them on Instagram, do be mindful of the good happening in your life and savour it.

Enjoy your weekend x

Look for the helpers


I’ve been pondering this post in my head for the last couple of days. The shock and horror of the attacks in Paris on Friday night are still reverberating around us and it’s a lot to take in. Listening to, reading or watching the news can be overwhelming – the horror of the acts, the loss and fear experienced by those involved, the disbelief of how people could hurt others in such ways, and what this means for the world going forward – can feel like too much to cope with.

There are terrible things happening every day in our own cities and across the world. However, these terrible things, awful as they are, are committed by a tiny proportion of the world’s population. There are more than seven billion people on Earth, the population of Britain makes up less than 1% of that figure. The overwhelming majority, by a very long way, of people on our planet are good. They are kind, decent, generous, warm, loving humans. When inexplicable tragedy takes place, these are the people you can focus your energy on.

A favourite quote that I come back to every time the news reports a new tragedy, whether it’s manmade or a natural disaster, is this


That’s what I do. I look for the helpers. And at the weekend, in Paris, it wasn’t hard to find them. Stories poured out of people sheltering strangers in their homes, of taxi drivers switching off their meters and spending hours driving people home, of queues at hospitals as volunteers waited to donate blood.

When tragedy strikes, look for the good in people and you’ll find it.

We can’t always stop bad things happening but that doesn’t mean we’re powerless and the world is going to rot around us. There are things we can do, that make a difference. Allowing the news to overwhelm you and make you feel helpless and afraid does no-one, including you, any good. Focus on what you can do. You can make the world a better place through your own actions. Be generous with your time, your attention, your patience, your kindness. Make a conscious effort to spread joy in your corner of the world, further afield and to feel it in your own life.

You and I can be those helping.


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World Kindness Day 2015

Today’s a day to celebrate kindness with World Kindness Day! Obviously being kind is an everyday way of living but a day that draws attention to it is fine by me. Especially when I can use it as an excuse to create a new treat for you – printable kindness quote postcards!


I’ve used four of my favourite inspiring quotations on kindness and paired them with my watercolour paintings to create four postcards to inspire and motivate you to live kindly. Pin them up on your wall, stick them on your fridge, write a message on the back and send to a friend. Being kind is one of the simplest acts with the greatest impact, we could all do with more of it in our lives, receiving as well as giving kindness.

You can download this free printable set of postcards by clicking on this link
Download World Kindness Day 2015 printable postcards


They’re on an A4 sheet so you can just print them out on sheets of thick (recycled) card and cut along the dashed lines. You’re free to print as many postcards as you like but please only use them for personal, not commercial, use. And if you’d like to share the pdf please share this post for others to read and download the file for themselves.

Remember, “we are made kind by being kind” so have a wonderful World Kindness Day and throw kindness around like confetti!

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#SavouringHappiness no26

Happy World Kindness Day to you! Do take a look at this post for your free printable inspirational kindness quote postcards, in celebration of World Kindness Day.

And while we’re on the topic, savouring moments in everyday life is an act of kindness in itself. You’re helping yourself to feel happier by cherishing and relishing those few seconds or minutes of joy. And by boosting your own happiness you spread your good mood to others in a ripple effect.

There are so many positive reasons to join in #savouringhappiness! Share photos of what’s made you smile in the last week on Instagram with #savouringhappiness, here are a few snaps shared by others:

Savouring-happiness-pics-13Nov15@oneyellowteapot  @hollywulff  @frommyenglishcountrydiary
@shandor_collection  @sarahcapelprinting
@zoeprose  @giuliaballetti  @cacti_succulents_girl

Tag me @thegreengable too so I don’t miss your moment of joy. Have a happy World Kindness Day and a wonderful weekend!

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