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Happiness and Anticipation July 25, 2011

Posted by Lauren Cooke in Travel.
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Well well well, who’s got a little lax with the posting? I seem to have disappeared off here somewhat!

The reason, my friends, is because I am (remarkable as it may well be) actually happy. Not that I have been miserable at all much lately, but currently my mood has blossomed into something that is undeniably exuberant and chirpy. Every day I wake up, and though my body may be desperately craving more sleep, my mind is mellow. I float through work blissed out, I come home and watch tv, grinning all the way. I keep catching myself wiggling to cheesy tunes in the supermarket, and I’ve noticed on more than one occasion a happy-but-inane humming emitting from my person. I don’t even complain as much, finding annoyances somewhat less annoying, my foibles less pronounced.

It is wonderful to be like this. And yes, so the fear of my upcoming trip is setting in (three weeks to go peeps), but even that is starting to be accompanied by a sense that, most likely, everything will work out. I’ll chat to people in the hostel, and before I know it I’ll be making friends and having adventures. Watching the sun set over the ocean and scribing postcards to make their way home.

The only downside to all this happiness? That it means I am going to miss people when I go away. Because, though I wouldn’t change my plans for the world, certain newcomers to my life have managed to make themselves rather too integral to my happiness, and rather too missable. Still, that isn’t much to complain about, is it?!

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The Power Of A Compliment May 13, 2011

Posted by Lauren Cooke in Inspiration, Life, Chatter & Politics.
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I have written about the importance of a good compliment before. However, I feel it is a topic that needs reiterating, as often as is physically possible. Saying something nice to  someone, particularly when entirely unprovoked, can be the make or break between having a good day, or a bad one. It can make an average day into something special, and it can put a smile on even the most unlikely of faces.

Today, for instance, my day was brightened up pretty much from the moment I stepped from the house. I am wearing a simple Fever dress and a Sgt. Pepper jacket – I felt slightly pretty but no more. However, as I rounded the corner (concentrating wildly on remaining upright in my heels and navigating the angle without crashing into the wall) I bumped into a temporary local who I know only as “my builder”. He’s a nice chap – always chatty, a bit flirtatious but in the most obviously harmless way, just generally a good bloke who likes to tease me about being posh.

Today he seemed particularly chatty – he stopped me as I navigated the path to check how I was and what I had been up to. Then, completely without warning, he proceeded to ask me how I managed to get more beautiful every morning? How wonderful is that?!

Sometimes people can be quite wonderful. They seem to sense when you are starting to get self-conscious, when your self-esteem is teetering on the edge of a sheer drop, and the world can go one of two ways. It can kick you swiftly up the ass so that you plummet further, or it can choose to remind you just how fabulous life is really. In this case, a quick compliment reminded me that I at least look reasonable. I still feel a little overstatement was used by a guy looking to take me out for a drink – but I am really not going to complain.

Go forth and compliment!

A Cure to Temporary Depression July 25, 2008

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We all have them. Those days where everything goes wrong and absolutely nothing goes right.

In my case it was thruday – work was fine, but I slept terribly the night before, got woken up early, had my evening cancelled and was told by orange that I couldn’t collect my phone from them (BIG complaining letter coming up!). Not only that, but I was hot, sweaty, and smelt like a pig. To sum it up briefly, I was one miserable bugger.

So, having turned down invites to go out due to my certainty that I would be horrific company, I decided to set about developing a cure for the down-in-the-dumps. Now, as someone who has battled depression, I’m not saying that this is a quick fix that will cure all those dark nights and even darker shadows. As a fix to a stonker of a day, however, it’s pretty darn good.

What you need:

  • Chocolate – predictably, chocolate is always a mainstay in my cheer up pack. It’s vital.
  • Smoothie – Fruity, and gives you the energy that somehow eating vast amounts of choccie takes away.
  • Angel delight.
  • Spaghetti Hoops.
  • Toast (with LOTS of butter).
  • A crappy, mindless magazine, such as Reveal or Closer.
  • A crappy, mindless film – NOT a Rom-Com (unless you feel mentally up to it). I chose Slither – utter crap, but quite enjoyable.
  • A pile of pillows.
  • A TV/laptop.

First of all, set yourself up. You need to arrange your pillows on a comfy bed so you can see the TV or laptop without any strain. Put in the DVD and set it up. Next, nip through to the kitchen and heat up your spaghetti hoops, and cook your toast. This is always my default fall back food – it makes me happy and tastes brill. I bung a heated tin over yummy buttered bread and instantly feel some of my problems melting away. Of course, please bear in mind that these problems will be replaced with others (namely heart disease and cholesterol if you repeat this routine too frequently).

Once your dinner is cooked, I suggest you hole yourself up in bed, possibly in your underwear (I can never be bothered with clothes when I’m fed up), curtains pulled, and switch on the film. Make sure you have that smoothie near-by for washing down the Chemicals! I found that once the film had finished not only was I slightly repulsed (it is a bit Icky, this film!), but I hadn’t thought about myself for the duration  – it is after all quite difficult to feel sorry for yourself whilst watching slug like creatures intent on devouring/impregnating the earth.

Film over, this is when I move onto my chocolate eating phase of Project Cheer-Up. Bowl of angel delight in one hand, spoon in the other, I gobbled down whatever I felt like eating whilst flicking through my trashy mag. There is no need to engage your brain for this part of the evening, as it is pure autonomous enjoyment!

Well read and full of chocolate, I lay back down in bed. It was half 9, but I had satiated my happiness cravings and was well and truly ready for a good nights sleep. As my food induced lethargy swept over me, I drifted off – and woke up the next morning Chirpy and Chipper!

I really recommend it!