The positivity of gratitude

Nicki was recently reading an article that was centred around gratitude and how it helps in living a happy life, particularly in times of adversity. The article was written by a 17-year old rugby player, Henry, who was paralysed in a tragic accident whilst on holiday. He broke his neck on a diving trip and…

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Winning in the winter solstice

Winter solstice…the shortest day of the year. A time to miss the warmth of summer or a time to get outside regardless of the bad weather? Winter solstice, otherwise known as the shortest day of the year, falls on 21 December this time around. It signals the turning point of the year in which we…

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Why the real you is best

Lucy was chatting to a friend about an interview she had coming up, and it reminded her of a picture she saw on social media that had made her smile. My friend and I were talking about her forthcoming interview, and she was telling me all about the research she’d done on the role and…

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International Volunteer Day

5 December is International Volunteer Day, and it’s also UK Charity week and Kat’s looking forward to doing a bit of volunteering of her own. As part of Rambutan’s efforts for our charity of the year, the Air Ambulance, she will be spending a day in the local shop in Market Harborough, helping out with whatever needs doing…

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Autumn has arrived

Kat thought she’d share this beautiful, mystical picture showing a low mist hovering just above the ground, taken in a field beyond our car park at Rambutan HQ. It was such a strange sight, she jumped out of the car, camera phone at the ready!

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A timely piece about time

Saturday 28th October saw the inevitable end of British Summer Time and the clocks going back an hour. This extra hour (for most people usually spent in bed), could be seen as a gift (to be taken away again next Spring). This got Mark thinking about what we’d all do with an extra hour in…

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Help a friend in stress have less

Today is National Stress Awareness Day…so David decided to share a few thoughts as well as his top five tips to help you help others who are stressed. Have you ever considered that stress could be your friend? No, I haven’t gone mad…hear me out. The word stress derives from the Latin ‘stringere’ which means to tighten.…

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Why tone of voice matters but often fails

Lucy was reading some terms and conditions recently (well she started to; she didn’t get to the bottom because they were far too boring) and it occurred to her that they didn’t reflect the organisation they belonged to. I know that businesses need to include the ‘small-print’ somewhere, but I’ve heard that the most common…

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No complaining!

Nicki was recently reading a newspaper article about how the average worker spends 2 weeks a year complaining in the office and it got her thinking. Could I really be wasting 2 weeks a year complaining at work? I’d like to think not…I have the occasional gripe but 2 weeks’ worth…really? According to the article…

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Can you control the future without changing it?

Jami-Lei recently started reading a book that got her thinking. There’s a difference between aspiring for something in the future, and predicting it. I read (part of) a book this week called ‘The Visionary’s Handbook’ by Howard Means, Jim Taylor, and Watts Wacker.  The book talks about paradoxes and has exercises that help you to…

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National Doodle Day

On Epilepsy Action’s National Doodle Day Kat asks, “What’s behind a doodle?” I’ve often found myself absent-mindedly doodling patterns while otherwise engaged with something; more often than not whiling away time holding on the telephone, or listening to a particularly uninspiring talk, or practically whenever there’s a piece of paper and pencil within easy reach!…

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