On the whole, we do not distinguish between joy and happiness and think that they are the same thing. However positive psychologists (yes that is a thing!) have found that there is a distinct difference between joy and happiness, and this difference may be a turning point in a quest for joy and happiness. Happiness… Continue reading Joy vs Happiness – Are we Chasing the Wrong Thing?
Expectations. Simplify them. Lower them. Then lower them some more. So often we get caught up in our expectations towards the one whom we love. We have this dream of a spouse who knows us completely, who can mind read, who is perfect and one who doesn't really exist! This is something I have really… Continue reading How Simplifying Relationships Results in Happier Relationships
Joy. Happiness. Contentment. January is going to be full of these purposeful moments which grow love, joy, happiness and contentment. Throughout January i will be sharing more of what we are doing to increase joy in our lives through simplicity. Including our ”Happiness Project, ” what the difference between joy and happiness is (positive psychology… Continue reading January- The Happy Month!
”Be present”That was my word for 2018. Despite the ups and downs which 2018 has brought, I feel like it has grounded me significantly in what I did and what how I responded. Being mindful of being present has meant I have spent much more time with the boys and win Mr M, and have… Continue reading 2018/19 Reflection
You want to be the perfect parent? You want to be the perfect employee? Perfect daughter/son in law? You have these expectations which have been set before you enter into a specific season of life or before a particular job etc. So often we are taught to reach for high expectations, they can become self-fulfilling… Continue reading Christmas Expectations
Do you always respond in the same way to situations? Are you always drawn to certain things or drawn to certain people? It may be down to the values you hold. Our values inform our thoughts, our words and our actions. Whenever we make a decision our values are always integrated to that choice. Yet,… Continue reading The Importance of Values
The process to begin simplifying is not a one time thing! Unfortunately, there is no magic spell! Instead it is a continual process. A process of questioning, processing and implementing the changes you want to see. The process of simplifying won't happen overnight. In order for this change to happen, it has to be processed… Continue reading How to Start Simplifying
This year Christmas is going to look different for us as a family than any year before. This is our first year entering into the Christmas season with the intention of being intentional with our time and energy. As with any change to the norm, it has not gone down well with everyone and I’m… Continue reading Simplifying Christmas
I was constantly tidying up. Constantly trying to maintain order and control. I was trying to make a circle fit into a square. The circle of my life, into the square of perfection and my idea of what my life should look like. I realised that whilst amazing storage boxes are fab, I still had… Continue reading Just Own Less!
For many people, gratitude is not an automatic state of mind, but studies have repeated shown that an increase in gratitude has a positive effect on mental wellbeing.