Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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Proverb of the week

The first of a new and possibly continuing series of Welsh proverbs.

A fynno iechyd, bid lawen He who would be healthy, let him be cheerful.

I happened to be looking through the Welsh proverb list in one of my dictionaries and spotted this one. It seems particularly relevant this week because in the Sesame, which is the Open University's magazine aimed at students, there was an article about how to be happier, including a 10 point check list of things to do to increase your happiness. Nothing earth shattering; just the usual sort of advice, but neatly encapsulated.

They're also mostly things that I'm trying to do anyway, apart from point no 2:

"Count your blessings. At the end of each day, reflect on at least five things you are grateful for."

So I'm giving that a try too, as part of a sort of non-theistic prayer/mini-meditation as I go to bed, just before I fall asleep. It may be coincidence, but I've woken up feeling more positive in the couple of days since adopting it.

Happiness tools

Try these regularly for two months:

  1. Take half an hour of exercise three times a week

  2. Count your blessings. At the end of each day, reflect on at

  3. least five things you are grateful for

  4. Have an hour-long, uninterrupted, conversation with your

  5. partner or closest friends each week

  6. Plant something: even if it’s in a window box or pot. Keep it

  7. alive!

  8. Cut your TV viewing by half

  9. Smile at and say hello to a stranger at least once a day

  10. Make contact with at least one friend or relation you have

  11. not been in contact with for a while and arrange to meet

  12. Have a good laugh at least once a day

  13. Give yourself a treat every day. Take time to really

  14. enjoy this

  15. Do an extra good turn for someone each day


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