Mr C drew my attention to this list on the BBC News website over dinner this evening. With all the news of doom and gloom that seems to be filling the pages in every newspaper I think it's true that many of us are becoming more anxious and stressed than we used to, or than is good for us. This list contains ten things that all of us should try to do to reduce our anxiety levels.
When I set up this blog my plan (which I think I carry out) is to write about the things that make me smile. One thing that made me smile about this particular article (as well as the ten items themselves) is that most of them are simple things that we can do for free.
I found myself getting quite frustrated the other day when I read an article (and sorry but I cant remember where) which seemed to suggest that if we weren't heading straight off to spend on our local high street then we were doing a country a disservice by not helping us out of recession. This at least resets the balance a little bit.
I used to take part in a regular forum thread where everyone had to list five things that had made them happy that day. It's amazing how, even after what has seemed like a bad day, you can normally still find five things that have made you smile. When you spend a few minutes looking for them life can actually contain some wonderful moments.