Experiments in Happiness: Gardening

I’ve had a garden for a long time, but it has been sadly neglected. It’s not that I don’t want to be there, but with hayfever, small children and an endless list of tasks that needed to be done every day it just really wasn’t a priority. Images of the garden shortly after moving Now…

Parenting: Why I Started Home Educating

My partner and I home educated our two boys for about six years. We began when the youngest was in year 1 (about 5 years old) and the eldest was year 2. I used to help out at the school a couple of mornings a week. In general I’d been happy with what I’d seen…

Experiments in Happiness: CBD Oil

I did wonder about including this post as part of my experiments in happiness. My experience of CBD has been more about relieving anxiety. I’ve been using CBD oil daily for four months now and I’m not claiming that using CBD oil can make you happy. However, I want to recount my own personal experience…

Experiments in Happiness: Exercise

At the very end of 2015 I was thinking about the year ahead and what I wanted to achieve. I do this every year as I find it helpful to think about what I might need to change and what’s working well. Struggling against low mood and depression has been an ongoing battle for me,…

Experiments in Happiness: Gratitude

April 2019 A few years ago I’d started to write down a few things every day that I was grateful for. The idea is to write down at least three as a daily habit. This was in response to finding the Action for Happiness website, printing up their ‘Ten Keys to Happier Living’ ┬áposter to…

Food: Challah Recipe

For me, Friday is usually the day I spend preparing for Shabbos (Shabbat, the Sabbath or whatever you want to call it). A few months ago I was making Challah most Friday mornings. That stopped when I bought a large freezer – I made a lot of Challah in one go and put it in…