Society is down on Down’s

Sally Phillips’s  documentary for the BBC about the challenges and joys of raising her son with Down’s Syndrome was simply brilliant. In her words “I was expecting tragedy but what i got was comedy” that line perfectly sums up her family life and the entire documentary. The documentary looks at the increasing ability for screening foetuses for Down’s Syndrome earlier in pregnancy with more accurate results. The odds of having a baby with Down’s Syndrome are higher the older you are when you get pregnant and screening is offered as pretty standard practice to expectant mothers, especially those post 30 years old at conception.

4221396001_4051350406001_jamieWith Down’s people achieving more than ever before by becoming tv actors in mainstream soaps and movies, models on the catwalk etc. One would be almost forgiven for believing that we are now all accepting and encouraging but the truth is we are far from.

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Now and then it’s good to pause in the pursuit of happiness and just be happy

I want to start logging my gratitude of normal every day occurrences –  I read somewhere that the happiness tracking of all the little things in life is good for the soul and it’s these little gems in our every day lives that we forget and upon reflection can bring us so much comfort.

I know the immense benefits of happiness journaling.  When I went through a bad patch some 18 months ago I kept a journal of 3 things every day that made me happy  and although I’ve never looked back through it (once I started writing it wasn’t happiness I spoke much about) the book sits on my shelf and is a reminder of what the dark days taught me.
11390232_880236098709535_5933165512495489583_n.jpgI am mentally and physically in a better place now, happy with my life choices and chugging along in my adult life rather comfortably I thought recording my gratitude would help to cement me into a strong, more confident and more accepting place. It was this gratitude journaling that introduced me to the world of Bullet Journaling and I have genuinely never looked back.

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What are the 2015 Christmas adverts really trying to tell us? #DementiaFriends

Have you seen it? #ManOnTheMoon from John Lewis has taken the world by storm the past 4 days, I don’t think anyone can look at the moon right now without hoping to see a little white haired man sitting on a bench waving back. Like every year ,John Lewis gives us a heart wrenching advert that doesnt actually advertise anything they sell. This year the cost of such an advert came to £7,000,000 / €9883949 / $10585750. So thats basically £53,846 a SECOND but with 11,163,593 views in just 4 days (as of 1pm today!) the audience it reaches is magnanimous.

John Lewis are amongst the worlds best when it comes to PR and marketing. Every year their advert is hotly anticipated, we all remember Monty the Penguin, The Bear and the Hare, The Snowmen, the list goes on. It is ALWAYS memorable and the song always gets in the charts, but this year their focus isn’t on cuddly toys, or snowmen, its not a cgi movie its actually quite thought provoking. So many old people feel isolated and secluded at this time and all times of the year and ‘Show Someone They Are Loved This Christmas’ is not just about the season of good will to strangers but the need for good will to our nearest and dearest. We all have that elderly relative that it feels like a drag to visit, or that neighbor who never seems to have any visitors behind the twitching net curtain. Old people are like golddust, they know so much, they have seen so much and they have so many stories to tell but more often than not they don’t have anyone to tell these stories too. Neighbours may not be our dearest (the theme of the Christmas Advert for TK Maxx) but they are often our nearest, and although cant choose our family but we shouldn’t neglect them.

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Staying off the booze is the key to staying slim: according to Dutch research

I’ve got myself into a little habit of one, pointing out the amazing scientific revelations of Dutch research and two, discussing alcohol. I am rather hoping that the impression these posts give to my readers isn’t a bad one nor does it lead anyone to believe me to have a ‘problem’.

Recently I spoke about how the ground-breaking discovery of avoiding a hangover was to not drink in the first place. Today I am going to be discussing the new discovery of the negative affects alcohol – the effect it has on ones waistline.

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On #NationalStressDay its believed that 85% of the Dutch are satisfied with their lives: My top tips for stress busting.

So yesterday was #NationalStressDay a day to raise awareness of Mental Health and Wellbeing. Stress is a bit of a b*tch. I wanted to talk today about how stress has affected me and my top tips for dealing with stress.

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