10 ways to spread joy. 


Joy is something that is very subjective-that feeling on seeeing your work admired, when you see your kids at the end of the day, when your husband comes home, on finding out that new music is being released by your favorite singer, etc. It isn’t something that is very ‘big’-in the sense that we don’t use it to compliment people-and I wish to change that. For the better. So, here’s ten ways to spread a little joy…

  1. Comment on a bloggers post. Ha ha! But in all seriousness, it’s always nice to see your work being admired, and even knowing what you could do better. Bloggers put a lot of work into what we do. And yet it doesn’t always show. So, maybe next time you read a good post, you could comment on it.
  2. Visit your local library. These establishments are in general decline, which is a real shame. We need to use them more! So, next time you want a good book to read, or just a place to meet people, visit it. 
  3. Call somebody you haven’t seen in a long time. Don’t text them! Texting removes a personal element at times from interaction-just the sound of voices can be a real comfort. Better still, Skype!
  4. Give random gifts to people. They don’t have to be big, extravagant, etc-but they can be silly, thoughtful, or a ‘just because’. 
  5. Compile and exchange playlists with somebody. 
  6. Text a joke to your friends. Best not to be too corny, but it could be in a form of a meme… as long as it isn’t too offensive.
  7. Tweet your friends compliments.
  8. Better still, compliment people face-to-face. We all need that little ‘boost’ of confidence at times-just remember to be genuine about it, and not just for the sake of.
  9. Write a letter! I love doing this. Letters have such a great, personal feel-and they are a rarity these days. Even if it’s to an aunt you don’t see, these bring joy to people.
  10. Give your best friend cookies!

What do you do to spread joy?

Lydia

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Why I love politics. 

I know what you’re thinking: *yawn, yet another gob job on the internet wanting to write about Brexit, yawn, moving slong*. In a way, you are correct. I’ll be mentioning some political events indirectly for this post, but in order to tell you why I love politics.

Again, it was a spar-of-the-moment choice to take it at A Level; the lecturer at the open evening had spotted me looking at political cartoons on a board, which were promptly discussed. (They were vaguely satirical, something akin to what is found in Private Eye.) But it developed from there, way back in 2015.

These last two years have been filled with politicised events; we had the refugee crisis that’s still ongoing, the first female presidential candidate, a second female Prime Minister, the Trump administration, Brexit, widening debates about the gender pay gap, constituency changes, the end of the Obama era, and so much more. (As a wannabe Journalist, the news is what I read every morning-BBC, Guardian, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Mid Sussex Times-in the hope to have a well-rounded few of global and localised news. Anyway, I digress.)

At the heart of politics are people-if it’s a democracy, a dictatorship, etc. It’s all around us, even if you don’t vote.

We all have opinions-often strongly-about various subjects:Brexit, Trump, Farage, Smoking, Tax, Tobelerone, IPad, EU, Theresa May, etc. (All of these are in reference to recent news stories.) But they’re all politicised to a degree. 

Essentially, I love politics, because it’s a subject that doesn’t stop. It’s all around us, in spite of apathy, hapathy, etc.

10 Things I love About Autumn. Because who doesn’t?!

Probably, over the past few years, my favourite season has changed to Autumn. I like it more than winter, the mainly doom and gloom months of where I live. Autumn I have come to love, for various reasons:

  1. You can combine wearing what counts as a sunmer dress, with thick tights. (I majorly prefer this, than trousers and thick jumpers, bundled all in! 😂)
  2. Halloween! One night a year to dress up with emphasis on the eccentric, to scary yourself witless. What’s not to love?
  3. Cinema nights in. With chocolate. And a decent film. 
  4. I like to observe bonfire night’s, complete with loud fireworks, from my bedroom window. I dislike the sound, but they are so proud.
  5. There’s usually a lot of New books that are out, I’m the run up to Christmas. For a reader like me, that’s ideal. I can spend time pouring over a new plot…
  6. The Fall, season Three!
  7. Netflix. Obviously.
  8. There are a lot of events, primarily to do with blogging, at this time of year.
  9. Blogtober. 
  10. Hot soup on a rainy day.

What do you live about Autumn?

Lydia

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