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2 Oct

That Sense of Adventure

I nearly fell off Zodiac, my horse, laughing as my youngster Hookey Hoo insisted on exploring my neighbour’s courtyard and then her barn. Ella, who works with me, is a very accomplished horsewoman and yet she was being “taken” on an adventure not of her making!! This particular incident tickled me as it’s very unusual for a horse, who typically finds safety by being part of a herd, to choose to leave his friend and go off exploring. I’m curious about what it is that inspires this sense of adventure in a pony so young, and delighted that he’s so…..

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1 Mar

The Wrong Hand

Have you ever tried to do something using the wrong hand? I have been using the Action for Happiness – Happy New Year Calendar since the beginning of the year.  January 4th suggested I did something kind for myself – so I booked myself a back massage.  My therapist spotted that the muscles on the left side of my back were much more developed than the right.  Upon questioning me, she was concerned that I was using my right hand pretty much exclusively to muck out the horses and to poo pick the fields. The next day I decided to…..

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3 Jul

17 to 77

“Hello Aunty Lisa, would you like to play on the bouncy castle?” Before I could answer, I was squirted by another cousin with a water pistol! This is going to be a great family party – I thought to myself, as I smiled bravely through my drenched hair! And indeed, it was. As I reflected on our time together in the car on the way home, one of the things that struck me was the diversity of age ranges that were there – from 14-month-old Harriet to 94-year-old Granny.  And how everyone, regardless to which generation they came from, had…..

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14 Sep

The Liquorice Allsorts Approach to Selling

I’m in the supermarket in the sweets aisle, hand out stretched to pick up a bag of liquorice allsorts, what is going through my mind? “Shall I buy chocolate, no, that is too fattening”….or “I fancy something sweet to eat when I am watching the movie tonight”….or “I could make the kids an ice cream treat”….or “I had wine gums last week, I think I will try something different”….”I wonder whether per kilogram it is better value to buy the family pack or the standard pack”….or ….? The good salesperson knows that people buy the same thing for lots of…..

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8 May

In an Instant

In an instant we can fall in love, buy a new shirt and salivate at the smell of our favourite dish. We live in a world of instant gratification, snapchat and superfast broadband speeds.  We want everything now and, with interest free credit and buy-now-pay-later schemes, in many instances, we can have it now. And yet is this really how we human beings work (best)?  Is it really love at first sight? Or a compulsive urge to purchase that new shirt? Or some trigger in our nervous system that has us salivate at a smell? What actually happens in that…..

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19 Jun

Appreciation

“We were both sobbing with the kind of tears that you know wont quickly pass; mine had started gently trickling down the side of my cheek pretty much immediately, my husband’s were more muffled about 40 minutes in to the movie, in fairness we both reached a crescendo as the movie drew to a close.” I was recalling our response to the film, The Notebook, at a Storytelling Workshop the other evening where we were asked to share with a partner a movie that had impacted us. The interesting part of the exercise came for me when we were invited…..

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