The ABC of genuine happiness – W

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The ABC of Genuine Happiness

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W – Walk. Write. Watch the sunset

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Walk more today, think clearer tomorrow

Look for outside motivation

Walking is still one of the best exercises you can do.

Walk to better brain health

In a recent study from Maryland University, researchers asked two groups of volunteers age 60 to 88 (half with cognitive impairment, half without) to take a daily walk on a treadmill at moderate intensity.

After 12 weeks of walking activity, the volunteers underwent tests and scans to check cognition. Amazingly, the group with cognitive impairment showed improvements in memory, learning and recall tasks, and better efficiency in areas of the brain linked with Alzheimer’s.

To better the effects, try taking your walk in a green area – in one 2012 study published in Environmental Science & Technology , researchers found that just five minutes of exercise in a green space was enough to benefit mental health and improve self-esteem.

Let’s not forget that getting outside for a stroll does more for your mental well-being than boost your memory. Exercise boosts your happy factor, reduces stress, improves productivity and can reduce symptoms of depression.

And if you think there’s just not enough time in your working day, consider this; in a study of office workers led by Bristol University, those who exercised during their lunch break reported better mood, improvements in time management, better concentration levels and mental performance.

They also felt more able to deal with stress and experienced higher levels of motivation. Sounds like a good excuse for a lunchtime walk!

 

 

WRITE

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Most of you are fantastic writers… I am more of a reader and enjoy written word!

So keep on writing your good stories!

Watch the Sunset

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What better way is there but to watch a sunset!

Every sunset brings you the promise of a new dawn.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

… to be continued ….

Wishing you  a wonderful and warm day!

 

 

Sunset therapy

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I am a bit stressed lately, so I thought I need to do something about it.

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I visited Greenwich, a London Borough, and home to the Cutty Sark , a tea clipper, a beautiful sailing ship from 1869.

The ship was badly damaged by fire on 21 May 2007 while undergoing conservation. The vessel has since been restored and reopened to the public on 25 April 2012

I visited the vessel in 1984 in it’s original glory… these are two pictures from my photo album then…

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Now after the fire damage and long restoration it is back open to the public.

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It is at the bank of the River Thames and around it are beautiful flowers.

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 I walked along the river and saw the amazing sunset.

 

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On my way home I have to change trains and have to go through a concrete jungle. Still it looks great with all the lights!

This is my London and I love it!

 

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Watching the sunset is wonderful therapy for stress relief.

Highly recommendable!

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Wishing you all a relaxing Sunday!

Award – sort of….

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This post is dedicated to my friend and blogger Alastair!

WordPress has changed again and not being so computer literate as others I struggled for the last couple of days.  I was afraid I can’t do pictures any more……

My wonderful friend Al, also a blogger, came to the rescue and made me a very happy blogger again.

So I am nominating him as the

WordPress First Aider 2014

This is a personal Award specially for Alastair as I am so grateful and I am sure other bloggers find his help pages also useful.

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As you can see, I can do it again, big picture , small and tiny…… all by myself thanks to Al.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you.

It is great how bloggers help each other like a big family and it is so much appreciated.

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Much love to all my friends!

and happy blogging!

Smile

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I see this every morning when I look out the window…..

My smiling mirror from the neighbour!

… and it makes me smile!

 

 

This is a try to do a post with the changed WordPress format of doing posts.

I haven’t figured out how to do make pictures bigger here!

You need to click on the picture please to see it better!

Any ideas…..?

And where are all the pictures gone I used to put up before?

I will need to learn a lot again…..I clearly have problems, I wanted the cat down here…. as I need a rest now….

Good night! xxx

 

 

Kinder Glück

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When I was in Germany I found this beautiful old book in my bedroom called

Kinderglück – Children’s happiness

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it is from 1919, almost 100 years old.

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It shows 87 pictures beautifully drawn by artists

reflecting children’s happiness.

no photoshop involved…..

My two favourites are:

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This one is called Idyll

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this one is called “promising”

Here a little collection of others:

I will treasure this little book.

Children then enjoyed more nature and their surroundings.

Wishing you a love filled and happy day !

Miracles – Two Steps from Hell

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My favourite group ‘Two Steps from Hell’

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has released its fifth public album with the appropriate title

Miracles

It is a miracle what beautiful music they produce!

Miracles is the counterpart to our epic releases, focusing primarily on our emotional, beautiful and tender songs.”

 - 2 Steps from Hell quote

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A beautiful, soft and gentle mix of known and new tracks;  beautifully crafted melodies,  romantic with amazing voices like Merethe Soltvedt .   It is a more dreamy, emotional  album a step away from the blasting epic trailer music with amazing orchestral arrangements.  Some invite for romantic evenings, some are ideal for meditating. Definitely another musical gem from Thomas Bergersen - Two steps from Hell.

Thank you Thomas you never disappoint your fans!

You have excelled again in music making!

Eyes closing, I love you forever, Science and Lost in Las Vegas are from the album ‘Illumina’.  Lux Aeterna, Sungazer, Eria, Colour the Sky,Forever in my dreams and Northern Pastures are from ‘Dreams and Imagination’ which were not released to the public. There are also tracks from other albums which you can see below.  All are composed by Thomas Bergersen.

It also features “Heart” which was composed for the victims of the Earthquake in Japan 2011, all proceeds went to the Red Cross.

The great track ‘Lost in Las Vegas’ was written some years ago. Thomas was a DJ before he got into orchestral music. Back then he produced a lot of trance music.

My favourite track is Compass, no Forever in my Dreams, no Sun Gazer, no Eria, no….. well I can’t decide…. They are all amazing.

Here is the listing of Miracles:

1. Miracles – later released in Amaria

2. Eria – from Dreams & Imaginations

3. Compass – later released in Amaria

4. Sun Gazer – from Dreams & Imaginations

5. Eyes closing – Illumina

6. Fountain of Life – from Nemesis

7. Stay – later released in Amaria

8 Men of honour – from Two steps from Heaven

9. My freedom – from Nero

10. Perfect Love – from Dreams & Imaginations

11. Lux Aeterna – from Dreams & Imaginations

12. I love you forever – Illumina

13. Colour the sky – from Dreams & Imaginations

14. Forever in my Dreams – from Dreams & Imaginations

15. Breath of Cold Air – from Volume One

16. Heart – from Two steps from Heaven

17. Wind Queen – from Volume One

18. Northern Pastures – from Dreams & Imaginations

19. Science – Illumina

20. Lost in Las Vegas – Illumina

21. Compass Bonus track with vocals

Tracks 4, 5, 9, 10,and 17 are new versions

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taken from Two steps of Hell’s facebook

Some are on their You tube channel to listen to.

Little taster here with Eria

 

You can download Miracles from

Download Miracles:
iTunes: http://tiny.cc/bh3tgx
Amazon: http://tiny.cc/4ytxgx
Google play: http://goo.gl/K0p4EG
CDbaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/twostepsfromhell18

 Enjoy the beauty of this music!

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My Birthday

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As it is my birthday today, I had the idea of following RoSy’s idea and jot things down which I love and come to my mind right now.

Well I am not a teenager anymore and it is hard to think of 53 things so I went for 13 things as it is my birthdate.

Here we are!

Music          b12

Dancing            b1

Palm trees with a Hammock       b2

Blog                 me7

 Love                    b3

Happiness         b5

Tea                          b4

Friends                    b6

Internet              b7

Laughing                  b8

Chocolate                 b9

Beauty                       b10

Meditation             b11

 

Here the proof that I have grown up!

Then…..

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and now:

I guess I changed a little…….

 

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Please help yourself to some sandwiches and tea and we can celebrate my birthday together!