What I’ve learnt in 2016

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At the lake in Chicago
What a year it has been – I’m sure for most people, not just me. I have to admit that I will look forward to putting this year in a box entitled “I’ve had enough of you already, go away and don’t come back!” then closing the lid and never looking in it again. Fortunately, there are some tiny nuggets of usefulness that have emerged out of the chaos and I have decided to share them, just in case anyone else needs a quick boost……

Be the change you want to see in the world. Really. You can do this.

You can’t make people like you.

Happiness is a state of mind. Take charge of your state of mind and your mind will take charge of your happiness.

Worrying gets in the way of progress, as does pettiness.

If you don’t exercise and you eat lots of chocolate, your bottom will grow. It has no choice.

True friends honour you. Honour them and honour yourself.

You can’t have a successful relationship with someone if you don’t share the same principles and morals.

Laughter is definitely and without a doubt, the best medicine. I definitely need more of it.

You can’t always help people, even if you want to. 

Sarcasm is a good tonic for the soul. If you are looking for some, find a Brit and tap them and out it will pour.

Get a really good hairdresser. A really good haircut will transform your mood/life. Same can be said for a really bad one.

You can tell a man by his shoes.

Don’t make excuses.

If you have to lie, make it convincing or don’t bother.

Learn to forgive but don’t forget.

Forgiveness is the best form of revenge (success helps too- never give up!)

Life sometimes throws a pile of 💩your way. See it as fertile manure and grow something good out of it because within every pile of 💩is a lesson.

Your thoughts create your world. Literally. So clean them and make them sparkle! Get them shiny and ready for 2017. As I’ve been taught this year- “what you focus on you get more of!” So change your focus!

A bit of moaning is a good thing. Relentless moaning is really dull.

If you are feeling down, here are my top tips for instant mood enhancement:

1. Eat dark chocolate (70% does the trick) One small bar is enough to lift your mood and get your heart racing. 2. Eat eggs – any style 3. Eat hot chilli. You can even have the chilli in your chocolate or on your egg! 4. Watch a comedy. Anything with Bill Murray, Martin Short or Michael McIntyre works for me. 5. Call a friend who really likes you and doesn’t mind you moaning. Just remember, they will need to be able to moan back. 6. Have a good cry and/or shout (preferably somewhere private) and then walk in a park or go to a beach or hug a tree- just get outside and exercise! 7. Find a pet to stroke 8. Find an old person to help (not stroke). 9. Give to charity. 10. Every single time you walk past a mirror, give yourself a compliment – not just of the superficial kind, although they are pretty good too.

By the time you’ve done that lot, you will be too tired to moan. 

And that folks, is what I’ve learnt this year.

 

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