Friday good news post: Giving everyone a place at the table

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I recently met a friend for lunch. He has become a vegan, so in looking for a place to meet, I chose Lentil as Anything. It is not just an establishment offering vegetarian and vegan foods – it has no set prices, and an inclusive philosophy. Their business model differs from most in the hospitality industry, and is a good news business story.

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How positive emotions can transform your life

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How is life for you? Are you flourishing in your endeavours or do you feel that you are languishing? We can oscillate between the two. Scientific research shows that you can transform your life and development by fostering positivity. Barbara Fredrickson tells us how. 

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Five steps to getting things done

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Life is busy. It is easy to get caught up in its busy-ness. In-so-doing, we can also lose sight of ourselves. The demands of the busyness and business of life can mean we lose touch with our creative spirit, our ideas and intuition. Productivity expert David Allen has a methodology that could help you reclaim your vision and focus.

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Thoughts about inspiration …

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At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those
who have lighted the flame within us.

~ Albert Schweitzer



Start the weekend with a good news post on Fridays

Kindness cardsNow that our Japanese tour of duty is over, it is time to change my Friday food treat post routine. In its place I am going to do a “good news” post. In a world where the news is full of reports about conflict, violence and negativity, there is a need for good news stories. Good news on Friday could be a great food for thought heading into the weekend.

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Thoughts about learning by doing …

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You learn to speak by speaking,
to study by studying,
to run by running, 
to work by working;
in just the same way,
you learn to love by loving.
~ Anatole France

Three things I never thought I would miss about Japan



We’re home. We’re back in familiar territory, enjoying the comforts of home and embracing our former lifestyle. It feels good. Comforting. Reassuring. And yet, there are things we miss – already!

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Japan – a country of contrasts

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Japan is a beautiful country. The food, the manners, the dress and the traditions are all about politeness, the aesthetic, elegance and honouring hierarchy.  Yet at the same time there is a brash, zany other side to the place as well.

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Thoughts about liking ourselves …

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If we could learn to like ourselves, even a little, maybe our cruelties and angers might melt away.
~ John Steinbeck

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