16 helpful reminders for 2016

Happy New Year, everyone! And don’t worry if you’ve broken all your resolutions already – because New Year’s resolutions are so last year. Or, more likely: last week.

Here’s a piece I wrote for Standard Issue about some helpful things to remember in 2016 – and, indeed, any year. I’ve been dipping my toe into positive psychology writing (see previous pieces for Standard Issue) but this time I’ve put in a whole, ooh, ankle. Which feels a little scary, I confess… but also good. After all, a ship in harbour is safe, but that’s not what ships were built for. As someone once quoted in some article about helpful reminders in 2016

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Have Yourself A Mindful Little Christmas

I was singing and playing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas at home the other night, and although I’ve sung it many, many times – it’s one of my absolute favourite festive songs – it’s only this year that it suddenly hit me: it’s about mindfulness. It’s about enjoying the here and now.

So here’s a piece I wrote for Standard Issue about just that.

Happy Christmas, everyone. Have yourself a merry little one. :)

Refugees, Terrorists And The Ugly Truthiness

A piece I wrote for The Huffington Post:

It is, incredibly, exactly 10 years since the word ‘truthiness’ first appeared, courtesy of Stephen Colbert. I know this because I didn’t just feel it to be true – I looked it up.

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Yes, in October 2005, in the very first ‘The Word’ segment during the very first episode of The Colbert Report, America’s greatest fake right-wing host came up with America’s greatest fake word: ‘truthiness’. It was a word that hit the nail so perfectly on the head – a word so, yes, truthful – that it was named Word Of The Year by both the American Dialect Society and Merriam-Webster dictionary (the US equivalent of our Oxford English Dictionary, but with fewer ‘u’s).

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Fun(draising) and games

Want to have fun, improve your general knowledge AND raise money for a good cause? Of course you do. You’re a good person.

So why not come along to the charity quiz night that I’m co-hosting with Simon Hickson (of TV’s Trev And Simon fame) on Saturday 14 November at the lovely Archie Parker cafe in Forest Hill, London SE23.

There will be fun, there will be games, there will be a chilli supper and a licensed bar. (There will also be a Hall & Oates song in the music round, because I’m in charge of it. Hoorah!)

Please come along if you can!