Investing in Happiness

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This week’s blog was inspired by a good friend who recommended a service called “Freddie’s Flowers” to me.

I love fresh flowers, and usually buy some with each trip to the supermarket – for the home, and also to dress the room when I run workshops.

An entrepreneur called Freddie Garland delivers fresh flowers once a week to your home for £22 a week.  The quality of the flowers is excellent – and he includes tips on arranging them, both in written form and via YouTube videos each week.  It’s a great business idea, and you can find out more at

It got me thinking about how we humans calculate the cost-benefit of things; how  we choose to spend our hard-earned cash.  What we prioritise.

So, I did some digging…

Britons spend an average of £2,210 a year in coffee shops. This figure rather shocked me!  Sounds a lot doesn’t it?

Fairy Tales, Icebergs and the Sun

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I used to adore fairy tales as a child – but it’s only now I’m in the autumn of my years, that I begin to understand the incredibly powerful lessons and metaphors they often contained.

One of my favourities ,”The Snow Queen” was published by Hans Christian Andersen in 1844. The story is one of Andersen’s longest and most highly acclaimed stories.

The story centres on the struggle between good and evil as experienced by Gerda and her friend, Kai.

In summary, an evil troll has made a magic mirror that distorts the appearance of everything that it reflects.

The magic mirror fails to reflect the good and beautiful aspects of people and things, and magnifies their bad and ugly aspects. The troll’s minions attempt to carry the mirror into heaven in order to make fools of the angels, but the higher they lift it, the more the mirror shakes with laughter, and it slips from their grasp and falls back to earth, shattering into billions of pieces, some no larger than a grain of sand.

These splinters are blown by the wind all over the Earth and get into people’s hearts and eyes, freezing their hearts like blocks of ice and making their eyes like the troll-mirror itself, seeing only the bad and ugly in people and things. There was only one way to get the splinters out. Yes, you guessed it. Love.

The Ripple Effect

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One of the things I love most about the work that I do is witnessing the ripple effect.

The way one person can see something fresh and new about the human experience, and how that impacts other people.  It’s like a spark of something jumps across the illusory divide that we sometimes think separates us, and triggers an insight or realisation in those around us.

I saw this again so beautifully last week on my Heart of Thriving workshop.  When one person ‘tunes in’ to their inner navigation system, and shares this in a group there’s a possibility for new insight for everybody else too.  It makes sense to me, because we’re not really separate at all – we are all part of the oneness of pure consciousness.

I saw it again when a client shared this understanding with her six year old daughter, Henrietta, who has just made a video talking about her spark inside, and how it helps her:

I saw it again when another client shared it with her five year old daughter, Anisa, who has just written a book (Yes, a book for goodness’ sake! She’s five!) about NeeNee the Dolphin who sometimes thinks too much – and begins to understand where her feelings are coming from.  The book’s not out yet, but I’ll let you know when it’s available.  Such wisdom!