Category archive: Lifestyle

How to have a happy holiday

Happy holidays

It’s holiday time for many. That means summer days at the beach for the folk at home, the excitement of a snow holiday for others. It’s a time for generosity too in for kindness and spirit. Will you be generous with yourself at this time?

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5 Ways to leave work at work

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Photo credit – Caio Triana via pexels.com

Do you get home from work still processing things that happened throughout the day? Is your sleep interrupted by moments of anxiety and concern about events at work? Here are ten suggestions to help you leave work where it belongs – at work!

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It’s your choice – or is it?

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Photo by Baher Khairy on Unsplash.com

We make many decisions in life. We usually like to consider the choices available. In choosing, we enjoy the exercise of free will. Or do we? Behavioural economists might nudge you to consider a fresh perspective on this.

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Our first

On arrival in Niseko, I received a photo challenge from my sister. So here it is – our first seven days in Japan, in black and white images. In the exercise, there were to be no people and no explanations. I have chosen to annotate them for this post.

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Thoughts about Friday …

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Photo credit Alejandro-Alvarez via unsplash.com

I have never in my life found myself in a situation where I’ve stopped work and said, ‘Thank God it’s Friday.’ 

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How friends help you live longer

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Photo by Joseph Pearson on Unsplash.com

The secret of longevity may not lie in a special supplement, through particular exercise programs or dietary regimes. Whilst all these contribute to physical health, there is another factor that can impact behavioural, psychological and physiological health. Friendship.

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Do we have too many choices?

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Photo by Deanna Ritchie on Unsplash.com

Anyone who goes shopping in brick and mortar stores or online, will know there is oodles of choice. That’s good isn’t it? Brian Shwartz suggests not.

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Point of reflection: 500th blog post

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Photo credit – Joshua Fuller via unsplash.com

The Word from a Bird blog has reached a milestone: 500 blog posts! I nearly fell off my perch when I realised this. 500 blog posts over three years = thousands of words, lots of late nights and learning along the way. This was all made possible by you.

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How significant is good sleep?

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A colleague recently came to work looking the worse for wear. She’d had two successive nights of disturbed sleep, was exhausted and unable to focus or settle into her work day. That’s manageable when it happens occasionally, but getting enough sleep is vital to our well-being in surprising ways.

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