Shonette Bason-Wood and Andy Cope like to style themselves as the ‘Doctor of Happiness’ and the 'Fairy Godmother of Positivity.’

  • 31 Hacks for a Joyous January 29 Dec 17

    1. CALCULATE YOUR HAPPINESS According to researchers at the University of London’s Institute of Education, here are some monetary values of happiness: • Seeing friends/relatives is equivalent... Read More

  • Active Body: Active Mind 19 Dec 17

    On the days when I have already done some exercise, I’m always aware that I feel more attentive, more creative and definitely more productive when it comes to writing or even just admin work. The... Read More

  • We Three Kings 15 Dec 17

    At the time of the Nativity, gold had begun to be pressed into coins and used as currency, thus paving the way for a new global economy. Gold brought wealth, status and power, and was seen as a... Read More

  • Conscientious Christmas 1 Dec 17

    It’s the time of giving… of mooching around brightly lit shops, with Fairytale in New York playing in the background, deliberating over finding that perfect gift for that special someone… Or, if... Read More

  • Twenty-four Days of Gifts 17 Nov 17

    Make no mistake, these beauty advent calendars are the ultimate in self-indulgence. But at a time when we’re so busy shopping for others, why not allow ourselves the joy of a little daily treat, and... Read More

  • Pretty Hydrated 3 Nov 17

    With autumn in full swing, the colder weather means there’s less moisture in the atmosphere – and unfortunately, cranking up the heating at home causes the same problem. “Heated air means low... Read More

  • Putting On that Party Style! 3 Nov 17

    I have to be entirely honest and say that, as far as I’m concerned, extra preparations for a Big Night Out generally involve little more than using a particularly luxurious shower gel, indulging... Read More

  • But What If? 20 Oct 17

    If I had to describe how I feel most days the answer would most likely be ‘on edge’. I honestly cannot remember a time in my life when I haven’t been anxious. I can clearly recall from a young... Read More

  • The Elder Statesman of Medicine 20 Oct 17

    In My novel, making the elderberry remedy leads to lots of trouble for some of the characters. But that was back in the 17th century. Today, it shouldn’t cause you many problems, beyond stained... Read More

  • Are You a Lark or an Owl? 6 Oct 17

    I’ve tried everything – drinking alcohol, not drinking alcohol, eating oily fish, avoiding bananas after 4pm, buying machines that make double espressos or blast out fake sunlight and ice on my... Read More

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