Clutter & Joy

30 April 2021 Laura Hannah

Clutter & Joy

Here are 5 things that have inspired me over the last few weeks – I hope they have a similar effect on you.

1. WHERE JOY HIDES AND HOW TO FIND IT

In this talk Ingrid Fetell Lee discusses the art of finding joy in the everyday. This is something that has been proven to improve mood, resilience, and our overall mental health. Resilience is something I’ve thought a lot about over the past month and taking the time to know what makes us happy is a great way to focus on what we need, what we feel and how to recognise these emotions without judgement.  Ingrid Fetell Lee has some great ideas on how to find joy in our daily lives, I really recommend having a watch.

Just click the image below to play the video.

2. POSITIVE NEWS

This magazine is beautifully created, bursting with positive news articles from around the world. I have this delivered and look forward to reading it over breakfast each day. In a world where the media can be really quite negative, heavy with bias and pushing agendas at us which can leave us feeling angry and quite frustrated with the world. With Positive News you don’t have to worry about any of that, it’s great stories from some incredible initiatives around the world.

3. HAMNET

So many people told me to read this book and so I picked it up with the concern that maybe it wouldn’t or couldn’t live up to the expectations set for it. I’m pleased to say that it didn’t disappoint, in fact I’d recommend listening to this book on Audible (which I recommended last month). It’s a book rich in description, she seems to have captured the sights and smells of Elizabethan England in a way that I haven’t seen before. Although this features Shakespeare, the book doesn’t centre on him, instead it evokes his world. It builds the life he might have known, full of details he may have been familiar with. Anyone with an interest in history, Shakespeare or exquisite storytelling, this one’s for you.

4. HOLD MY HAND – JESS GLYNNE

This song is summer to me – which isn’t too far away now. As soon as the sun comes out I want to play this, and it always amazes me how it can lift my mood. Music is great that way. This song reminds me of hot nights in Greece, dancing with my family and soaking in the amazing scenery, made all the more beautiful by my slight obsession with the Greek Myths.

Just click the image below to play the song.

5. CLUTTER & SQUIDGE

This is an indulgence, but as we face returning to “normal” I think we all deserve it. We are going through a massive period of change and that requires a great deal of resilience whether we are aware of it or not. To support yourself through this time make sure you stop to feel grateful for the things that bring you joy. Take deep breaths, walk in nature, and treat yourself to something nice. This company makes the most amazing cakes, and they deliver nationally. Go on, you’ve earned it.

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