Learning To See Through Glasses Of Truth

Love Is The Movement tattoo 2009

I have realised (and not for the first time either) if I truly want to be happy I need to a) fall in love with myself (falling in like with myself first would probably be a good start tbh), and b) stop taking things personally.

The thing is, I have this underlying feeling I’m not good enough for anyone, or anything: smart, cool, pretty, likeable, loveable – whatever, it doesn’t matter because it’s not me. Sometimes I just feel like the out-of-place weird, gawky kid that had glasses bigger than her face and no friends.  Continue reading →

Happiness Activity: Acts Of Kindness

kindness in words creates confidence.
kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
kindness in giving creates love.
Lao Tzu

Seeing as ‘acts of kindness’ is apparently one of the happiness activities that I may find the most rewarding, I have decided I am going to do five good deeds per week – no matter how small (I was going to say no matter how big, or small – but let’s be realistic here, I can’t afford to pay for someone to go on a round the world trip, so that just ain’t gonna happen).

Apparently if you’re going to do 5 small things for others for optimum ‘happiness results’ it’s best to do them all in one day, otherwise they may not be distinguishable from what you would normally do, but I figure baby steps first, right? Right. Anyway, here’s what I’ve done so Far:  Continue reading →

The How Of Happiness

On Sunday a friend of mine lent me a book called ‘The How Of Happiness‘, which has been, for me at least, an enjoyable and interesting read. Yes, it’s a self-help book, but it’s one that doesn’t make me want to go: “Oh for fuck’s sake, will you just shut the fuck up you condescending asshat?!” – which is the effect most self-help books have on me.

I guess the reason I like this book so much is because it isn’t one of those ‘touchy-feely-if-you-want-it-you-will-get-it’ type books, it’s practical and empowering and as my friend put it: “it’s based on actual scientific research instead of the usual self-help bullshit”. Word  Continue reading →

Doing It Alone

This month I have decided I need to force myself out of my comfort zone; so I’m going to do something that usually scares the shit out of me: hang out with myself more – in public.

I’m not too sure what it is about being alone in public that makes me nervous, but it makes me pretty anxious. Hell, I couldn’t even go Christmas shopping alone until a few years ago, which gets a bit tricky/awkward when your friends aren’t around and you need to buy presents for your family…  Continue reading →

Depression: Living With A Black Dog

The title of this blog post is reference to one of the best books I’ve read on depression: I Had A Black Dog; it’s short, to the point, and pretty much sums up exactly how I’ve felt when I’ve been depressed: It is exactly like having a Black Dog you wish would just piss off, but continues to linger around.

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Depression. You either get it or you don’t – not literally get it – just understand it.

People who don’t ‘get it’ are constantly saying things like “it’s all in your head” and “everyone feels a bit down sometimes, it’s just how life is”, and while both statements are true neither are helpful.  Continue reading →

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