The wisdom of a smile
One of most intelligent and kindest people I have been lucky to meet in person is Prof Gordon Dutton. He has worked for over 20 years at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow and is also Emeritus Professor of Visual Science at Glasgow Caledonian University. His true passion for the work he doesContinue reading →
Ancient Egyptian Solutions
Every few weeks I am inspired and become more aware of the multiple channels there are to improve our wellbeing. We are all so different which explains why there is no quick fix that suits everyone. Nick Tulloch a previous lawyer and financial advisor is both an advocate and UK lead in helping many peopleContinue reading →
The reciprocal power of positive expectation
Danny Boyle was able to keep the ‘queen parachute’s into the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony’ a secret despite hundreds of people being involved in the preparations. In this world of social media and ‘got a story?’ tabloids this was really quite some achievement and, as planned, set a fabulous tone for a wonderful fewContinue reading →
Being open about how you feel
This week I had an upbeat chat with Dan Willis who was working in his attic in an overheated room in a t-shirt and shorts while I was in the freezing garden shed in a puffer jacket. Dan is recognised in the BIMA 100 as someone shaping the British digital industry. Dan is also anContinue reading →
Floating or rocking?
Over the last few days lots of friends and work colleagues have shared the sacrifices they are making and people they will be missing over the next month. I’m just one of those statistics and have had to cancel a family get together with my kids and parents. My dad’s response to the news wasContinue reading →
Flourishing as a Lounge Lizard
I have watched more movies and read more books since March than I have in the last 6 years. Covid’s ugly face still does have some positives, such as setting times aside for being a lounge lizard. Everything we do as well as see and hear can affect who we are for good and bad. WithContinue reading →
Is there a wellbeing silver bullet?
Our research confirms what we’ve increasingly come to know as a truth. – that people’s wellbeing comes from a variety of inter-related sources and each person’s wellbeing experience is entirely personal. Some will never use our RBME site because they are busy reading a self-help book, or just an inspirational book – or even aContinue reading →
The Dali Lama and a Super Model
What does the Dali Lama and a super model have in common? We are all of us on a wellbeing journey whether we want to be or not. What’s most key is the direction of travel in all of the overlapping and interlinked elements that allow us to thrive as best we can… The mostContinue reading →
Good reasons to cry and eat quiche
As the saying goes ‘If you cry you cry alone. If you smile the whole world smiles with you.’ True in part but shedding a tear is a good thing. In general women cry more than men. But I’ve also seen some pretty hard men cry. We are still a little stuck in some draconian eraContinue reading →
The ‘F’ word or thumbs up?
When you’re in a traffic jam or on a busy road and a white van cuts you up are you more likely to: a) Swear profoundly b) Hoot your horn c) Get cross and stay quiet d) Keep smiling and give them the thumbs up. A “White van man” is a stereotype used for a smaller-sizedContinue reading →
Becoming a better ‘well being’ with a woman’s touch.
Men: What we know and who we are. We know that happiness is about being in the moment, about sunshine, meaning, relationships and health but that’s not who many of us are. What most men, even men who know all this stuff to be true, do is: Soldier on. Don’t whinge (nothing worse than aContinue reading →
Peering out of a pram into a forest
Thought Leader Interview: Jenny Edwards CBE This week Jenny and I discussed some revitalising natural aspects of well-being and looked into how she sees the world. I discovered there are so many different ways we can improve wellbeing because we are such unique beings. There is simply no one pill remedy! Jenny is Health AdvisorContinue reading →
Mosh pit or quiet place? This week’s wellbeing pillar is Belonging. Have you ever felt alone or isolated? Being alone and in your own space doesn’t always mean you are alone. As we are unique social creatures we all have variations of needing to belong to something. Some of us like the peace of aContinue reading →
It’s great being different. Welcome to our very first newsletter. Behind all our green, brown, blue and grey eyes there are surprising, unique, incredible and amazing stories to be told. By sharing these it helps us understand and accept our differences and similarities. This new world is affecting us all in different ways. Some ofContinue reading →
Sport-Longing and Belonging
Though a lot of people don’t care, many people are very excited at the prospect of sport returning. Football especially. It’s long been known that we get a sense of belonging by identifying with clubs and recently many ‘fan’s forums’ have busied themselves with retrospective ‘favourite memories” themes. Recent articles in papers have picked upContinue reading →
It’s not about the fall, it’s about the bounce
We can all be inspirational and its sometime really hard to judge someone by what you see. This guy is amazing and by sharing his story it shows you how we can help others… My name is Jason Anker, I have been a permanent wheelchair user since 1993, after being paralysed from the waist downContinue reading →
(Don’t) Go Compare!
In her multi-million selling book Carol Dweck stresses that the difference between success and failure in life is largely determined by mind-set. She stresses that people with a learning mind-set see almost everything as a learning opportunity. They know that mistakes are inevitable, especially if you strive for success, and it’s what you learn fromContinue reading →
Time to open our eyes
Hi everyone. We haven’t been sleeping and we certainly haven’t been on holiday but we have been busy getting Read Between My Eyes ready to go. Behind all our green, brown, blue and grey eyes there are surprising, unique, incredible and amazing stories to be told. By sharing these it helps us understand and acceptContinue reading →
Back in the 1970’s we had Steve Austin the bionic man who could run at speeds of over 60 mph, had bionic limbs with the pulling power the equivalent of a bulldozer and a bionic eye with a 20:1 zoom lens and infrared capabilities. In reality we are still some way from a real life version of the bionic man but we are a step closer in creating a bionic eye Continue reading →