Great Positive Quotes

Here is a small collection of great positive quotes, most of them you will have heard of but they are worth repeating. Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it. – Henry Ford Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls, and looks like work. – Thomas Edison The road is there, it will always be there. You just have to decide when to take it. – Chris Humphrey The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. -Oliver Wendell Holmes […]

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Should we change who we are?

The idea of change, specifically of changing ourselves, is ubiquitous. It’s really everywhere.  We see quotes like “be the change that you wish to see in the world” (said by Gandhi), adverts for ways to ‘change for the better,’ and so on. We hear our friends or parents saying “you’ve changed in last few months.” Change means to be something different.  When you change your clothes you don’t just swap your socks, and you don’t change your car by replacing the wheels.  The thing is, I feel I am essentially the same person I was in my teens. Maybe wiser, but that’s not for me […]

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5 Simple Ways to Drop a Negative Attitude

A negative attitude is poisonous to any individual’s happiness. It deprives people of the ability to enjoy their lives or live to the fullest. Although I could write 10,000 words about it, the point of this article is to share some simple ways to improve a negative attitude. There are many other ways, but everybody needs to start somewhere. Of course, it is impossible to be positive all the time, to eliminate negative attitude from absolutely every situation, but we can all at least try.  Being self-aware is the most important thing, and the fact that you are reading this article means you are either […]

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9 Habits Need Giving Up to be Happier

Happiness is a choice; there is no doubt about that. You can either remain stuck to people and things that bring you down, or you can give them up and make progress towards living a merry and content life. Below you will find a short list of things you need to give up to stand any chance of being happy. I am guilty of everything on the list and I still find myself doing these things, however I am aware when I do it and am slowly changing my habits. It’s said that it takes 21 days to form any habit, but reprogramming your way […]

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Socrates Handles Gossip

How Socrates Handles Gossip

We all know Socrates for his wisdom, too often his slightly longer stories and lessons go unnoticed because they are hidden in books which would take quite a bit of reading or they are overshadowed by a single quote. Without the Internet to make stories like this would be anywhere near as well known. But this lesson is just brilliant and every time somebody wants to gossip, you should have this ‘triple filter’ ready to test them. They will appreciate it. Socrates Handles Gossip In ancient Greece (469 – 399 BC) Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day the great philosopher came upon […]

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Do Vets, Doctors and Plumbers overcharge?

I have a West Highland Terrier called ‘Bounty’ – he’s named after Dog the Bounty Hunter, not the chocolate bar – he is now nearly 7 years old. Approximately two years ago he developed a skin complaint, which is apparently quite common to this breed. He would scratch himself until he was red raw and bleeding. We received no end of advice from everybody, most of it very welcomed, and found out more on the internet. After taking him to the local vet a few times, the cost was stacking up and we were getting nowhere. Bounty was then referred to a dermatologist. Yes, you […]

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I am thankful for…

I found this on the Internet so it is no credit to me, it is definitely a brighter way of looking at things. The taxes I pay because it means I am employed. The clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat. My shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine. A lawn that has to be road, Windows that have to be washed and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home. The spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I […]

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Simple Listening Tips

13 Simple Listening Tips

Oh, I’m sorry… Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours? Someone amazing introduced me to that sentence in recent years. Of course I knew what it meant, but I never really gave it any consideration; I dismissed it as though it was not an issue. Interrupting was something I had always done.  In my mind I justified the rudeness by thinking I knew what they were going to say anyway.   Interrupting gives the impression that you think you are more important and more interesting than the other person, and that you don’t care what they think.  When you consider these […]

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“Thank You” is better than “No Thank You”

Farnborough Air Day 1992: It was the biggest air show in Europe, apparently.  It was scorching hot and had been for most of the summer.  I was still in hospital after my accident 6 months previously, which left me in a wheelchair permanently.  It was my first day trip out of hospital and my first experience being in my wheelchair in busy surroundings. The first thing that became apparent, and which I still don’t understand today, was the need for people in wheelchairs to acknowledge each other like we are in some kind of club.  It reminds me of the VW club where drivers always […]

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When is being paralysed awesome?

When the dishes need doing! Really, it’s true; I never have to do the dishes or housework, or put the bins out. Last time I did any of that was over 20 years ago. Whenever we see somebody substantially less fortunate than ourselves, most of the time our first thought is how well they appear to cope with life. Then we immediately move on to ourselves and think “I couldn’t live like that.” Of course, the reality is far more complicated than these two thoughts. We have no idea how any other person is coping, apart from a brief glimpse or snapshot view from the […]

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