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For my daughter’s 11th birthday she decided to do 11 acts of kindness and invited her friends to join in with her. Instead of gifts she asked her friends to bring food to donate to a local food bank. We were overwhelmed by the generosity. We had suggested perhaps a […]

#thoughtfulthursday 33: Give wishes




The ‘Reader’s Digest’ used to have an article called ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ and so many times in my life I have found this to be true, especially at my darkest moments there was a power in laughter to bring healing and hope. At New Year we spent the […]

#thoughtfulthursday 31: Laugh about it!







My family has a bit of a competitive edge, particularly in board games, so celebrating when someone else wins doesn’t come naturally. I hear myself saying ‘It’s not the winning that matters, it’s the taking part’ but secretly I want to win. You could say this is harmless fun and […]

#thoughtfulthursday 27: Be happy for people’s happiness





Celebration is such a wonderful part of life. We get to share in other people’s joy as we recognise a person or significant event. We often meet up with loved ones, eat together and share wonderful experiences. But for many, celebrations can bring painful experiences to the surface. They can […]

#thoughtfulthursday 24: Make special occasions special for everyone