As it's nearly time to take down the decorations I thought I'd post this picture of what apparently is a very trendy new style in Christmas trees..the UPSIDE DOWN tree. It doesn't actually hang from the ceiling but is mounted on a block. The photo didn't do it justice but it actually looked quite effective...if a bit weird.
I found the article below in the Daily Mail. I've bookmarked it to re-read when I'm in danger of feeling sorry for myself!
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
It may sound glib, but we in the affluent West really should be more grateful for what we often take for granted.
One of today's great ironies is that we are healthier, wealthier and longerlived than any generation in history, yet we don't seem any happier.
In most surveys, far fewer people now describe themselves as being "happy" than did, say, 50 years ago (the grim, war-battered and austere 1950s may have been, oddly, the "happiest" period in recent British history).
Perhaps we can learn something from around the world: happiness surveys throw up some surprising results.
Most Africans report being happier than most Americans, for example, and one survey, by psychologist Robert Biswas-Diener, found that the prostitutes of backstreet Calcutta, which he had assumed would be among the unhappiest people on the planet, were actually rather content with their lives.
The reason? At least, they told him, they weren't as badly off as the thousands of cripples they met on the streets every day. Life was hard, but not that hard.
"Count your blessings" is certainly the advice of Tal Ben-Shahar, a Harvard University psychologist, who has written the latest self-help book detailing some simple ways to make your life happier.
He advises readers to focus on the positive: take a couple of minutes a day to think about all the things we should be grateful for, starting with our health and that of our family and friends.
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