Happy New Year! There are so many things on the horizon in 2019, but with that comes increasing pressure and expectations, which can take their toll. Taking good care of yourself isn’t selfish, and that is something I’m going to be prioritising in 2019… and I hope you will do the same.

Action for Happiness have launched their new monthly calendars (available in 14 languages), which are packed with actions you can take to help create a happier and kinder world – and a happier and kinder you!

Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life.

– Aristotle

January 2019’s calendar is filled with daily actions to help make yourself and others happier. Some of the actions may seem obvious and trivial, but you’d be surprised at how often we can forget to think about the simple things in life – the things that actually matter the most to us, when we’re not consumed by the hustle and bustle of 21st century living.

The GREAT DREAM

Make 2019 the year of the GREAT DREAM – ten simple steps to happier living. Through Giving, Relating, Exercising, Awareness, Trying Out, Direction, Resilience, Emotions, Acceptance and Meaning, think about what you want to get out of life – and what you need to give in return. I’ve recently been thinking a lot about the importance of one’s mindset and perspective, and how those qualities can influence your ability to cope and move forward – look out for a post in the not too distant future!

If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.

– Mary Engelbreit

Written by simonrstones

Simon R. Stones BSc (Hons) is an award-winning patient advocate, consultant and researcher from Manchester in the UK, who was the winner of the international WEGO Health Award for Patient Healthcare Collaborator in 2017. He is a passionate advocate and ambassador for people living with invisible illnesses, inspired and empowered by his own journey with juvenile arthritis, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory bowel disease since childhood. He is currently an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, a trustee of Fibromyalgia Action UK and RAiISE, and board member of the European Network for Children with Arthritis (ENCA) and the European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA).

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