Practicing Gratitude

How practicing gratitude can help you achieve Happiness

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Practicing gratitude is great way to achieve Happiness. As my friend and previous life coach, Katrina Love once said to me, “you can’t be in fear and gratitude at the same time”. When we practice gratitude on a regular basis it helps us reprogramme our brain. The more we practice gratitude we find that our brain starts automatically noticing things we can be grateful for.

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Sam’s interview on the Heart-Shaped Decisions podcast

Heart-Shaped Decisions Podcast
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“Sam Brook and Graham have quite a bit in common. They were both born and raised in strict religions, and left them behind when they were still quite young.

Sam now helps other people to be happier through The Happiness Club.

This is an incredible story. I got the impression that there is much more, so we may well do a second interview. ” – Graham Frost, Heart-Shaped Decisions Podcast.

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Journaling is great for problem solving and decision making. I find it particularly helpful if I’m stressed about something or if I’ve got lots of thoughts chasing around my head.

There’s something quite cathartic about journaling. I think of it as a tool similar to Dumbledore’s pensieve. Putting my thoughts down on paper, gets them out of my head. It creates room in my head and gives it a chance to breathe. It’s almost a kind of meditation. Julia Cameron, author of the Artist’s Way and creator of Morning Pages, suggests journaling or Morning Pages first thing in the morning before meditating. This practice helps to clear our heads.

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Tapping for Self-Esteem

Tapping for Self-Esteem

I want to share my experience of Tapping for Self-Esteem. From what I’ve seen low self-esteem is one of the biggest things holding us back. It manifests as fear, worry, anxiety, depression, procrastination, a need for approval, judgement, undue concern about what others think, imposter syndrome and much more. This issue has come up for me time and time again over the last year and I’m determined to beat this once and for all.

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My part in the Egyptian Revolution – Positivity Podcast

my part in the Egyptian Revolution

Listen to my interview about my part in the Egyptian Revolution on the Positivity Podcast with Andrew Culture.

I throughly enjoyed recording it and listening to it. I loved that I found it interesting even though it was about me and it made me laugh!

“Sometimes a podcast guest doesn’t quite turn out to be what I expect them to be.

When this happens it is often a delight, but not always.

I booked Sam Brook for an interview to talk about her ‘Happiness Club’ project. But before we got into that discussion I wanted to find about a little bit more about the background of my guest. This is where things took a quite shocking and unexpected turn.

Sam disclosed that she took part in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. Not only was she there, she was also one of a handful of Western journalists who wrote about the unfolding events for news websites and blogs. Continue reading “My part in the Egyptian Revolution – Positivity Podcast”

When feeling the pain doesn’t work

When feeling the pain doesn’t work

As I mentioned in my previous post, feeling the pain is a great way to deal with difficult emotions, but what can you do when feeling the pain doesn’t work?

Learning to be Happy is an ongoing lesson and in particular I have realised that it’s okay not to be okay. I still experience periods of depression; usually they pass very quickly but occasionally they linger.

Sometimes the emotions are so painful I have even considered suicide. I don’t want to die, I just want the pain to stop.

I have experienced feelings of depression on and off over the last few months. It’s no wonder that my emotions are still coming into balance. I was on anti-depressants for 26 years!

A few weeks ago, I started to feel better after having a healing and seeing my homeopath. I had an aha moment when I realised I had fallen into the trap of not just feeling the pain, but dwelling on it. I had become stuck in a pattern of talking and thinking about being depressed.  I had to focus on what I want instead of focusing on what I don’t want, I had to change my story.

As well as my regular Happiness practices such as my Buddhist chanting, Tapping and meditation, there are three particular techniques I find helpful to avoid getting sucked into a vortex of negativity and I share them in this post. Remember though, it’s important to allow ourselves to feel the pain before we use other Happiness techniques. I find it can be a tricky balancing act.

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Do you need a man to be Happy?

Do you need a man to be Happy?

“Is the route to Happiness Sam to get a man?” asked my friend Mike, in our group WhatsApp chat. “Do you think? In your experience?”

Hmmm. Good question.

When I recovered from the audacity, absurdity and arrogance of the question, I could see that it was indeed a good question. The short answer is no, of course the route to Happiness is not to get a man! In reality it’s not as simple as that. Many women, although they may not admit it, do they think they will be happy when they’ve found a man. (Boy are they in for a shock!) For many years I was one of those women!

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