Top 8 Ways to Live a Happier Life

Good Morning World!

Happiness, its a concept, an idea. The idea that if something good happens to us then we’ll be happy, but that’s not always the case. Often things can go wrong which then leaves us feeling unhappy, but these things are out of our control. However, what we can control is how we react to these stimuli, which means that we can be in control of our own happiness.

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I feel it essential to share my top tips on happiness, these are habits that everyone is aware of but sometimes we forget to act on them.

1.  DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS

Everyone is a unique individual and if you start comparing yourselves to others then you’re only hurting yourself. Of course there are times when you look at something and think “Gosh I wish I had her hair” or “I’ll never be able to do what she’s done”. I know the feeling but there are so many great things about you that other people wish they had or could do. So never put yourself down.

2. BE KIND

In life, I have learnt that there is nothing an act of kindness cant solve, and the great thing about it is that its free, and its contagious. Even a smile can brighten someone’s day: its the littles things that mean the most. Also be appreciative of others and try to recognise when others need support and they will then give it you in return.

3. STOP DOING THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO DO

This is your life! Do what you want! There is no shame in admitting you don’t want to do something and I know there are times that you do say those things, but if it really bothers you, then do something about it. Even if it means changing careers halfway through your life, do it! If your happiness is on the line then anything is worth it.

4. EXERCISE

Sport is a great way to get out the house, meet new friends and clear your mind. Even something as simple as a 10-minute walk can brighten your thought process for the day. I know that intellectually, exercise releases endorphins into your brain that then releases serotonin; the happy molecule.

5. BE GRATEFUL

How many times a day do you use the words “Thank You”. Learn how to open up and you will receive and abundance of joy and happiness. Living in a first world country means that I have access to things I take for granted. Being grateful for what you have makes you appreciate the little things in life.

6. SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES

Although an abundant social and romantic life does not itself guarantee you joy, it does have a huge impact on our happiness. Spending time with the people you enjoy to be around are a must, try and make friendships a priority in life.

7. EAT HEALTHIER

I cant speak for everyone but I know that when I have a balanced and nutritious meal, including loads of fruit I always feel better about myself. I know that I am treating my body the way it was intended to be treated, that in itself makes me happier.

8. KEEP TRACK OF YOUR GOALS

Everyone have goals, whether that be big or small. But when you don’t keep track of them you can lose motivation and passion to for fulfilling them, or you might not even reach them because you cant satisfy them. Keeping lists and keeping steps to achieve those goals is a simple way of doing this.

I hope this posts helps someone in some way. Thank you for reading.

Love Georgina xx

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Secret Tips on Enhancing Flavour | What I Ate Wednesday

Good Morning World!

So recently my diet has taken a slight turn for the better, and I have adopted more fruit and greenery into my meals. Which is a phrase I never thought I’d say! So yesterday I had a was craving something healthy, and salad like, but like many people out there I hate the taste of lettuce and other foods I feel belong in the grass. This is when I had the magical idea of making a fruit salad, but this was no ordinary fruit salad, I used a few little tricks that I had learnt while working in a kitchen to spice up the flavour.

Here are a few tips to enhancing the flavour in your fruit salads without cheating your diet!

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First of all I bought a variety of berries, like strawberries, raspberries and blueberries which are known as a super fruit as they contain antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules. I also added some red grapes and some plums, but feel free to add whatever fruits you like. Why not try some oranges or pineapples for a bit more colour. However, I would suggest steering away from fruits like apples and bananas especially if you wanted to bulk make your salad for a later date, or you prepare it in the morning for your lunch: as they go bad quickly. Also bananas release a hormone called ethylene which causes fruits to ripen quickly so your fruit salad can go off faster. Such fruits like blueberries and cherries are believed not to release this hormone.

After choosing your fruit, chop it up into a plastic container for later or into a big bowl. I like to chop them up into manageable and bite size chunks, for example cutting grapes in half, and cutting strawberries into 1/8 by cutting them lengthwise into 4 then in half again. When all your fruit is added in the bowl I like to add some lemon juice, which enhances the flavours of strawberries and raspberries, and also adding some finely cut mint leaves, these two ingredients enhance the flavours of the fruits in your salad.

You can either stop here or if you’re a sweet tooth like me you might want to add a bit of sugar. I would suggest adding icing sugar as that can add some moisture and a subtle layer of sweetness without having to layer it in granulated for the same flavour. I use this a lot when having strawberries as it means your not taking in as much bad stuff. Or if you’re really counting those calories just add some sweeteners as they are a healthier alternative to sugar and this was you don’t feel like you’re cheating yourself.

I hope you found some of these tips useful, and feel free to let me know how you get on.

Love Georgina xx

20 Questions to ask yourself about your future

Good Morning World!

Every once in a while there becomes a time in our lives where we think about where we want to be, and where out lives are heading. Having become too comfortable in a certain routine and what you want for the future. Here are 20 things you need to ask yourself about your future.

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  1. In 20 years from now, what do you want to remember about your life now?

  2. What do you want to be remembered for?

  3. What memory of the past makes you smile the most?

  4. If not now, then when?

  5. Has your greatest fear come true?

  6. What makes you feel great about yourself?

  7. In order of importance, where would you rank money, health and love?

  8. What do you admire most in the world?

  9. When has fear or failure stopped you from doing something?

  10. What do you need to let go of?

  11. Why do you do some many things that you don’t like doing, when life is too short?

  12. When did you realise that life was too short?

  13. What is success to you?

  14. Are you doing what you believe of settling for what you are doing?

  15. In one year from today, how do you want it to be different?

  16. What would you do if nobody would judge you?

  17. What is one thing you are proud of that you would never tell anyone?

  18. Time or money?

  19. What do you love most in life?

  20. What have you go to lose?

To sit down and answer all these questions would take time, so just think about what you wanted to achieve out of life 5 years ago, and are you any closer to it now?

Love Georgina xxx

How To Revise | Revision Tips

Good Morning World!

Its getting to that time of year where most of us still in education will be getting ready for our mock exams or preparing for our final exams in a couple of months. This is one of my biggest regrets from my AS exams and even my GCSE’s, I did the bare minimum when it came to revision, and it didn’t get me very far. This year I am ready to make a change, and I have already started revising for my A2 exams and my re-sits from AS. I have developed a few skills from my months of pre-revision that I wanted to share with you, so that you don’t make the same mistakes that I did.

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  • Find a quiet space. If you are frequently bombarded with questions and requests from your siblings and parents, then it is important to take yourself out of that situation and make sure there is nothing that can distract you. I recommend that you find somewhere where you wont be distracted, or set a specific time that you want to revise so that your family wont intrude. As my mother is always working and my brother spends most of his time in his room, I find it easy to find time to myself.
  • Take frequent study breaks. You are more likely to learn if you study in short and productive intervals, than a hour long sessions spent predominantly on your phone. To prevent this I like to revise in half an hour intervals, this way it reduces the chances of me getting bored. However, if you still feel that half an hour is too long for you, then do 15 minutes of revision with a 5 minute break. Trust me you will see a difference. Also, don’t feel that you have to take a break, if you are in the zone and you could go another 10-15 minutes then go for it. The more revision you do, the better the outcome will be for your exams.
  • Make sure the information is going into your head.  If you find yourself revising for hours and still knowing nothing, then there is a chance that the way you are revising isn’t right for you. Don’t be down hearted by this, as everyone learns in different ways. Personally, the way I learn takes a lot of effort, I have to read the text book out loud to myself, make notes on what I have just read, then read out my notes, then finally make index cards on the most important parts of the topic. This is only me, and it took me so many tries to find the right technique that suit the way I take in information. For visual learners I suggest doing mind maps, for auditory learners try reading the book aloud then quizzing yourself, (I like to do this as well, you’ll look like a right weirdo when talking to yourself but its worth it). However if you learn by doing things then I suggest trying what I do, because this is how I learn. Revision is trial and error. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.
  • Try revising with a friend. Study groups are a great way to cut down your work load. In my biology class, Phoebe, James, Scarlet and I created a study group to cut down our work load and make learning fun. The way we do this is to do a page in the text book each, this focuses us on learning one section of that particular topic. We will then play teacher. Teaching each other on what we have learnt. This is very effective as you need to know the information to be able to teach someone who is clueless on that topic. This also a massive time saver. Say if everyone spends an hour on their topic, then you’re saving yourself 3 hours learning those topics by yourself.
  • Have motivation. Having something to motivate yourself to revise can make you want to do it more often, whether it be your football game, a shopping spree, or just a bar of chocolate. It can help. I always like to treat myself after I have spent hours revising, this way I will keep doing it.
  • Be organised. Make sure you have all your equipment out before you start. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started revising then remembering that I need a ruler and have to run upstairs, or need a calculator and have to rummage through my bag. Its extremely time consuming, so make sure you have everything out before you start.
  • Don’t cram. Use your time efficiently by starting your revision sooner rather than later. It is better to have over revised for an exam, then only crammed the night before. This is how most of my GCSE exams were approached. I would have done no revision until about a month before my exams started, then I would only focus on my first exams so when it came around to the last few I literally only read the textbook the night before. Adamant to say that those are the subjects I didn’t do so well in.

These are just some of the things I like to think about when revising. I hope you find these tips helpful, and let me know if you are going to try them out, or if you already do some of them yourself. Good Luck!

Georgina xx