My quest for happiness and my goal of being a better person



I wrote these posts hoping to encourage positivity in the lives of others. I hope my readers will find something useful in them :)

Quick Life Update

Hi all,

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve logged into this blog. I kinda disappeared off the radar a while back. Anyways I hope you’ve all been well and that 2016 has been good so far. Time has gone so fast…  Continue reading “Quick Life Update”


Become the Donkey

donkey in well

Did you ever hear the story of the donkey in the well? It’s a story that crops up on social media every now and again. Basically one day, a donkey falls down the well. Continue reading “Become the Donkey”

A Little Closer Every Time

The other day I tried on my favourite dress and was amazed that it was too big. The same dress was too tight only a few weeks ago. I’ve attempted to start a healthy lifestyle many times before, but this is the first time I’ve really noticed results- I’ve dropped 2 dress sizes (down to UK size 8-10 now!). Overall I’m delighted, though I know this is only the beginning; I still want to be stronger, leaner and have greater endurance.

I’m not posting this to brag. I’m posting this because not too long ago, I wanted to give up. Continue reading “A Little Closer Every Time”

Us and Us

Yesterday, a referendum was passed in Ireland allowing same-sex marriage. Ireland has thus become the first country to approve gay marriage by popular vote.

This week, I’ve happened to meet some opponents to the referendum. Their reasoning was that gay marriage was wrong. Because being gay is wrong. Because being gay is unnatural. Continue reading “Us and Us”

8 Little Things and Upcoming Big Changes

Hi! :D

So I can’t believe we’re nine days into January all ready! How are your resolutions going? I’m still sorting out mine- I’ve stroked a few things of my resolution/goal list and am still working on others. But one group (I sorted my resolutions into groups- fitness, healthy eating, hobbies, skills, random) have made a big difference in keeping my positivity- I’ve made a special effort to do these 8 things every day and I do feel the better of it. :) Continue reading “8 Little Things and Upcoming Big Changes”

Unique Beauty

When I was younger, I used to constantly compare myself to other girls. I’d flick through magazines and ask myself: why don’t look like her? I’d conclude that I was ugly because I didn’t have eyes like Taylor Swift; I didn’t have lips like Angelina Jolie; I didn’t have hair like Jennifer Anniston, etc. Continue reading “Unique Beauty”

Ratios of Happiness

I was watching a programme the other week called “How to be Happy” on RTE which I thought was very interesting. They mentioned that 50% of our happiness is ruled by genetics but the other 50% is controllable: 10% of which is due to how attractive we think we are (not how attractive we really are) and 40% is related to our attitude and how we see things. Continue reading “Ratios of Happiness”

Daddy ruined Christmas

“Daddy ruined Christmas!” the eleven year old huffed beside me.

“Oh?” I replied, imagining a scene where her father burned the turkey or destroyed the Christmas tree in a comical fashion. Needless to say, I was beyond amazed when the girl instead said: “I asked for a pink phone and a black laptop and he got me a black phone and a pink laptop!” Continue reading “Daddy ruined Christmas”

Don’t Stress

I’m sure you know the feeling: stress. The thing I hate most about it is that so often it can be such a lonely feeling. It can often feel like you’re the only one who’s going through it… least I’ve felt like that. I’d feel like everyone around me would be so relaxed while I’m the only one freaking out about the assignment that’s due tomorrow morning. And all you can think of is being free as well… Continue reading “Don’t Stress”

What are the Chances/ Life is a Gift

In 1905, a woman watched in horror as the horse returned riderless. Her worst fears were confirmed when the body of her husband was found just a short distance away from her Australian home. With the sole breadwinner diseased and with no family in Australia to support her, she returned home to Ireland with her young children. Continue reading “What are the Chances/ Life is a Gift”

Tips for Building Confidence

The guys in my class said that I’m like a totally different person this (academic) year- in a good way. According to them, I used to be very shy and wouldn’t really talk to anyone; now I’m much more “out of my shell”. I’ve been reflecting on that and…yeah, I guess it’s true. For a long time, I had very low confidence; Continue reading “Tips for Building Confidence”

It’s Never Too Late

I saw this video the other night which I thought was just brilliant:

This man is 64 years old; in his fifties, he was overweight and wasn’t happy with his life. He decided to do something about it and started working out when he was 55 years old! Continue reading “It’s Never Too Late”

Power of the Mind

One of the worst things you can tell yourself is that you can’t do something. Because when you tell yourself something’s impossible- that it’s too hard; it can’t be done, et cetera- you’ll actually find it does feel that way. Continue reading “Power of the Mind”

Accepting Self/ My Struggle to Talk

I did a public reading today. Might not seem like that big of a deal but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while ‘cept I’ve always put if off. Because of my speech. Continue reading “Accepting Self/ My Struggle to Talk”

Law of Attraction

Ever wake up in the morning and tell yourself: It’s gonna be a good day? If not, then you should probably start :P Recently I’ve been reading about the Law of Attraction. Continue reading “Law of Attraction”

In the Tearoom

Never doubt the kindness of strangers. I know I had a post not too long ago with the same opening line (and coincidentally a similar title), but it’s true- the kindness of total strangers never ceases to amaze me. Continue reading “In the Tearoom”

Steps on the Road of Becoming an Optimist

Someone called me an optimist the other day; that’s new. I used to be the most pessimistic person I knew (quote: “It’s a nice day outside? Ughhh now I can’t stay inside all day and play computer games. Total mega sadface!”). Yikes! :P When I started this blog, I planned on changing that and I believe I finally have obtained a positive attitude.

So I thought I’d post some steps I took in the road of developing a more positive attitude: Continue reading “Steps on the Road of Becoming an Optimist”

You can’t change reality, but you can alter your perspective.

“You can’t change Reality, but you can alter your perspective”

It’s something my brother happened to say the other day that got me thinking. Sometimes it can be so easy to dwell on the bad things or bad situations that happen to us. But a lot of the time we can’t change these things; we can’t go back in time to alter the events leading up to it. But what we can change is our perspective: the way we view it. Continue reading “You can’t change reality, but you can alter your perspective.”

Why Worry?

 In life, there are only two things to worry about: either you are well or you are sick.

If you are well, there’s nothing to worry about. Continue reading “Why Worry?”

Discover the Valuable Benefits Exercise Can Have for a Cancer Patient

Here is a guest post by Melanie Bower about the benefits of exercise during cancer. Melanie is currently a Master’s student with a passion that stems from her grandmother’s cancer diagnosis. Recently she has been researching and writing about how staying physically fit can be extremely beneficial to people going through cancer treatments. To read more from Melanie, visit her blog for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.


Discover the Valuable Benefits Exercise Can Have for a Cancer Patient Continue reading “Discover the Valuable Benefits Exercise Can Have for a Cancer Patient”

4 Quick Ways to Get Happy

Here are 4 tips to help get into a good mood quickly:

  1.        Make a folder on your computer dedicated to pictures that made you smile/laugh: Sometimes when browsing websites like 9gag, I come across pictures that really make me laugh and save them in a folder on my desktop. So whenever I need a pick-me-up, I know exactly where to look.
  2. Continue reading “4 Quick Ways to Get Happy”

Good in the Worst of Us

“There’s good in the worst of us and there’s bad in the best of us”. It’s a phrase my mother says every once in a while, and the other day I was just thinking about it. Sometimes it can be so easy seeing the bad in ourselves, but what’s not as easy is seeing the good in the people who have wronged us- the people we don’t like. Continue reading “Good in the Worst of Us”

Confessions of a Reformed Pessimist

Up to relatively recently, I would have counted myself as quite the pessimist. There’s no point in denying it. For example, a friend of mine made me the most delicious cake for my birthday last year (seriously, it tasted like happiness!) and I was just there wondering how long it would be before I dropped it all over my dress. I find that strangely funny now looking back :P

    Continue reading “Confessions of a Reformed Pessimist”

Things get better

I’ve been debating whether or not to post this or not, because I know it’s not gonna be that easy for me to write. But the reason why I am is because if there’s anyone reading this who’s feeling in any way unhappy or unappreciated, I want you to know things will get better. It may not seem that way now, but they will, trust me. Continue reading “Things get better”

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