“How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time.” Morgan Freeman
Here’s what inspired this blog. I was queuing for coffee in a café recently and the lady in front of me was short 5 cents. She began rummaging through her handbag. I offered the money to the person serving. Next thing I heard a voice saying “Is that you Mary?” and a big laugh. The lady turned around and I was looking at a friend I hadn’t met for years. We spent the next two hours chatting and catching up on all our news. It was a fabulous afternoon. Random!!! Continue reading “20 Random Acts of Kindness”
I discovered this poem lately and fell in love with it. It is about being at home in yourself, and loving who you are. It is also about owning all of your stories, experiences, strengths, and weaknesses—and treating them with respect, compassion and love. Continue reading “Love After Love by Derek Walcott”
Happiness is … the experience of living with love, joy and gratitude.
Life is precious and we need to enjoy every minute of it. The Happiness Is candle brings together love, joy and gratitude – the secrets to happiness. The lime, basil and mandarin fragrance is light, joyful and divine.
Practicing kindness is good for your happiness and the happiness of others. It makes the world a happier place to live in. A study of more than 3,000 people found that 95% of people feel good when they help someone, 53% of people feel happier and more optimistic, and those feelings last hours or even days for 81% of people. Practicing kindness has many benefits. (The Positive Psychlopedia – The latest on the science of happiness) Continue reading “5 Benefits of Practicing Kindness”
In August I read Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, by Tim Ferriss. Eighty percent of the people he interviewed adhered to some meditation or mindfulness practice. My favourite parts of the book were several mindful exercises suggested by Chade-Meng Tan, a Google pioneer. They are so do-able and can easily be incorporated into our daily lives. Continue reading “Mindfulness Practice 1: Take one Breath a Day”
I was in Italy in September for a week and took a day trip to Capri. In the Piazzetta stands an amazing sculpture by Carole Feuerman called Survival of Serena. It reminded me of all the times I’ve relaxed on a tube in a swimming pool – in a dreamy state of relaxation. Letting the cares of the world float by!
Being Near Water Makes Us happy
Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols in his book Blue Mind writes, that being near, in, on or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected and better at what you do. Water triggers a physiological reset, he says, relaxing our bodies and allowing us to quiet the noise and worry that life typically brings. Continue reading “5 Great Benefits of Being Near Water”