• Kedren Elliott

It's a small world after all...

Continuing with the wellbeing theme of connection, our members have been finding weird and wonderful connections outside of our weekly group.

This week a couple of our Happiness Hub members who had never met before, found they had a shared connection. Ann and Edward found out that they had grown up in the same area of Manchester as Rachel during one of our group's sessions. After chatting some more, Rachel discovered that her Auntie use to go to school with Ann and Edward, and they invited Rachel round to see their school photos from the mid-'60s.

Last weeks meeting - we welcomed four new members and played the two truths and a lie game - a great game to play to connect and get to know each other better

Rachel took some pictures of the photos and showed them to her Auntie who was able to spot herself in the photos, which she had never seen in the intervening 50+ years! So you just never know what connections you might have with that person sitting opposite you at the doctors, standing next to you at the coffee shop or serving you in the supermarket.

There are so many ways in which we can connect as humans, in the things we like, the people we know, the experiences we have, the list goes on. Let's keep the conversations going around how we can connect rather than how we can disconnect due to our differences. Don't get me wrong our differences should be celebrated and explored too, rather than used to divide us. After all, isn't that fact we are all different what makes the world go round? It would be boring otherwise?!

On a lighter note, this was the post that sparked the most activity this week on our Happiness Hub Facebook group.

Now we know at the Happiness Hub that at times life challenges us and making time for ourselves especially when caring for those around us, looking after our own wellness might not be a priority.

But as human beings, we can't go through life never practising self-care or looking after ourselves without feeling the consequences. Because not only will we suffer but the people around us will too. It's like that old saying you can't pour from an empty cup.

So with that in mind, I leave you with this thought. What can you do today, tomorrow, this week or next to make time for your wellness? It doesn't have to be massive or take a long time, it could be as simple as making yourself a cup of tea or taking a quiet 5 minutes, everyone is different, every life is different. But if you're feeling burnt out and life is going a million miles an hour and you want to get off, or press pause.

How can you make and take a little me-time?

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