Summer is here!
Over the past few weeks I have been waking up to sun streaming through my bedroom window and the sound of the waves crashing. No wonder I am feeling happy from the moment I wake up. That’s just two things to be grateful for without even having to think. The weather clearly has an impact on my mood, no wonder I was a happy bunny when I lived in Singapore.
It’s proven that the weather can really affect our behaviour. The sun reduces negativity, it motivates us to spend time outdoors so by exposing our skin to sunlight, Vitamin D gets to work in producing serotonin which therefore lifts moods and inspires us to be more helpful to others.
I am a pretty grateful person, practicing the attitude of gratitude on a daily basis and it made me realise that there have been three things I have not been without this week. Those simple things with connotations from just glancing at them and which make me feel upbeat and inspirited. My last Things I Believe In post focused on three entirely different things. Belief is a powerful word. It means trust, faith, confidence and an acceptance that something is true.
There are three things this week which I believe in:
Living in a hot country like Singapore meant free feet! No boots, socks (unless exercising) and pretty much living out of flip flops or walking barefoot as much as possible. That feeling of being free, not being restricted, I love it. And now the weather in London has been glorious my favourite little black Havaianas are back…ah blissful living.
Of course the minute the sun is shining, everyone reaches for their sunglasses. Not only are they an awesome fashion accessory which can help transform an outfit, they prevent that awful eye squinting appearance which FYI gives you wrinkles! Part of my problem is deciding just which sunglasses to wear but my favourites are my Victoria Beckham aviators.
How to be happy is probably one of the most googled questions right now. Happiness can of course come in many forms, sometimes it’s a short lived one such as buying that amazing most desired handbag or pair of shoes (I am one of those people!) but it isn’t what makes us truly happy. That comes from within, knowing what makes us tick.
When I moved to London I came across The Happiness Planner. They help you (and in their own words) cultivate happiness by embracing the power of positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development.
The practices within this planner have helped keep me on track in my quest for maximising life. It is now part of my daily routine and is a permanent fixture on my nightstand. This week I received an email from them, they were filming a Happiness Video here in London! After submitting a short story of a situation I had overcome and an explanation as to how I did that, I was selected to take part!
I am not a YouTuber (yet) nor am I comfortable in front of a camera (due to a lack of experience) but the filming location as you can see from these artistic backdrops on Brick Lane in East London, filled me with creativity and inspiration. So much so I just chatted for a few minutes and told my story, it felt natural. I hope it helps inspire others one day.
What awesome things have you believed in this week? I would love to hear about them.
So hey you, yes you..I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.