Category Archives: Positivity

Happiness doesn't have to cost the Earth…


Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation’s success by its productivity – instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn’t have to cost the earth).

“I know there are challenges ahead, there may be trouble ahead, but I fear no one. I don’t care. I have been to the mountain top, and I have seen the Promised Land.” – Martin Luther King

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Who's with me?

Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty... For tonight, we dine in hell!

Social media has the capacity to be the great leveller.

There are many stories of heroic Davids defeating mighty Goliaths, although not quite cutting off their heads, through the use of connections made possible by services such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube etc. But a recent campaign from eBay for Charity has left me feeling that maybe the Goliaths need to take some moral responsibility and stop fighting altogether.

“The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and before this battle was over, even a god-king can bleed.” – King Leonidas

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#Lesanto50 #CozyTweetUp Birthday Pot

Glenn Le SantoIf you’re a Twitter user then you must have stumbled across, or been shouted at by, @lesanto (a.k.a Glenn Le Santo).

Glenn is one of the hardest working people I know and is always ready to help others when the need arises, so now I’m asking you to give a little back.

Today marks a particular milestone in Glenn’s life, and pays testament to the fact that even old people can be cool.

Glenn has reached the ripe old age of 50 and @DarenBBC and I would like to ask you to dig deep and donate whatever you can so that we can give Glenn the birthday he deserves.


Our deepest fear…

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

(A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”, Marianne Williamson)

#Top10Thursday :: Inspirational YouTube videos

Sometimes, every one of us needs to be inspired. No matter who we are, or where we come from, we can all lose sight of our dreams and sink back into the thick fog of apathy.

For this weeks #Top10Thursday I’d like to give you my top 10 inspirational videos from YouTube. Watch each one of them. Watch them often, and remember…

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

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We all want to help one another, human beings are like that.

Cofacio x You = Help2

I believe that, deep down, everyone wants to help. But as humans gathered together in larger and larger numbers, this universal understanding was forgotten and we began to see other people as not like us. When we lived together in small communities it was easy to remember as we either saw the helping going on, or we heard about it.

As our global village grew, the conversations were taken over by the broadcasting media and their content twisted to reflect only those events that were negative. No longer would we discover all of the good that people were doing, instead, people were to be distrusted, even feared and suddenly we all felt alone and powerless.

And then along came social networks. Now we could talk directly to these people and discover what it was they really were… the same as us.

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That's how winning is done!

My children are always a source of both great amusement and overwhelming frustration, but what strikes me most is there apparent lack of self-belief and determination.

They both certainly have an abundance of confidence, but this mostly manifests itself as arrogance and when faced with an actual challenge they are soon very keen to give up and consider the task impossible. What has happened to lead a generation into such a terrible crisis? I feel as parents that we have always shown them unwavering support in what they have chosen to do and been very careful to make them aware that certain things take time to realise, yet still they get frustrated by the simplest of obstacles.

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Not 10. Not 5. There's only 1 sign you spend too much time on Twitter.

So, in a lazy attempt to score some laughs, David Letterman has described his Top 10 signs you spend too much time on Twitter.

It’s easy to knock something, take the ‘anti’ side and write some cheap, controversial headlines. There’s been quite a lot of this happening within the Twitter community itself lately, so it’s easy to see why a celebrity comedian would jump on board.

I, however, think that there is only ONE sign you’ve been spending too much time on Twitter and I’d like to share it with you now. Unfortunately it’s more than 140 characters, but it’s not always possible to appreciate something from just a single Tweet.

The ONLY sign that you spend too much time on Twitter is:

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