Happiness

books, life, lifestyle, mindfulness, self improvement

I’m a girl that loves a bit of mindfulness! (I also appear to be fond of an exclamation point or five!!!!!) Whilst I don’t always practice what I preach *does anyone?*, I do find that it makes a massive difference to my mood and mentality.

If you’re looking to get into the world of mindfulness and/or self improvement I would seriously recommend a book called ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’ as well as ‘The Path’. If reading isn’t for you, try an adult colouring book or one of the many apps that teach you meditation (personally I have never been able to get into these).

This is one of those topics I feel like I could discuss for hours upon hours and it’s something I definitely hope to share more about in the future. But I truly believe it has dramatically changed my outlook on life.

For Christmas, I received a copy of Fearne Cottons book ‘Happy: the Journal‘. Fearne is a British television presenter with unbelievable style and a lush Instagram page to match.

We always hear how writing things down can be a wonderful outlet. ‘If you’re angry at a co worker, write an email but don’t press send’. As someone who genuinely spends hours pondering over whether a craving for watermelon makes you hungry or thirsty, this sounds like a terrible idea. The thought of losing focus and accidentally clicking Send like in one of those cheesy American comedies is far too fear inducing!

An old school ‘Dear Kitty’ style diary might work for many but it can be hard to know where to start. This journal is structured enough to guide your train of thought without being rigid in its’ questioning. Yes, daily entries can be a challenge for us procrastinators, but I find it just as effective when I fill out a few in one go.

blog9.PNG‘Happy: The Journal’ has really helped me to take a minute and deal with all the changes going on around me. There are very few things in life that we truly have control over, being able to write a few sentences about how you plan to move forward this year or what your biggest worries are can really help with perspective.

See now I’m a big fan of perspective. When people around me are being negative I tend to be the first to pull out a cliche about how lucky they are to have what they do. It is however so easy to be sucked into these thoughts and feelings. Who you choose to surround yourself with seriously does have an unbelievable impact on how you approach your day!

So when I have been lured into the metaphorical snake pit of negativity, taking 5 minutes to jot down a few thoughts can totally re balance my mind. Thank you Fearne!

How do you guys approach life? Are you into self improvement and mindfulness or are you a typical British cynic?

xoxo

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Snooks&Books – Still Alice

books, review

There have been glimpses of lovely weather here recently so I’ve been spending some time in the garden and what better way to pass the time than with a good book?!

I tend to stick to autobiographies but after reading Gone Girl I decided to branch out a bit. Having been left disappointed by the ending of the aforementioned I quickly moved on to Still Alice. I haven’t seen the film yet but I’m interested to know if it is worth a watch or not? I got through this book so quickly, it’s a real ‘couldn’t put it down’-er! I don’t want to give anything away so here’s the blurb from Amazon

‘When Alice finds herself in the rapidly downward spiral of Alzheimer’s Disease she is just fifty years old. A university professor, wife, and mother of three, she still has so much more to do – books to write, places to see, grandchildren to meet. But when she can’t remember how to make her famous Christmas pudding, when she gets lost in her own back yard, when she fails to recognise her actress daughter after a superb performance, she comes up with a desperate plan. But can she see it through? Should she see it through? Losing her yesterdays, living for each day, her short-term memory is hanging on by a couple of frayed threads. But she is still Alice.’

It’s pretty obvious from the subject nature that this isn’t exactly a lighthearted read but there are real touching moments of happiness, sorrow and humour. I found Still Alice to be so thought provoking, it makes you question your own mortality and how you might react when faced with a life altering situation. But the best thing about this book for me was the ending. Don’t panic this isn’t a spoiler! I’ve had this conversation with a couple of people and there really is nothing worse than reading a good book only to be let down byย the finalย few pages! Still Alice provided an ending that stays with you long after reading it and fits perfectly with where I imagined the story would go.

If you’ve read anything similiar pleeease let me know in the comments, I’m desperate to find another bookย as good as this!

Sophie xoxo