True happiness lies within

The sad news of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain remind us that happiness does not come from success, from money, from fame, from appearances. True happiness lies within.

Unfortunately we're conditioned by the messages we receive in relentless advertising campaigns to believe that if we can just get that next thing or achieve that next milestone ... THEN we'll be happy. And so we chase happiness.

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But living like this is like the greyhound racing after the motorised rabbit in a race ... happiness, like the rabbit, is always just ahead of us, no matter what we achieve or acquire.

I invite you to write down at the end of every day what has brought you joy that day ... see what comes up. You might be surprised. Make a conscious decision to create more of those opportunities that bring you joy.

And if you have a deep sadness that won't shift, or a depression, I've been there too. At the bottom of a very dark and lonely hole not knowing how I was ever going to manage to pull myself out of the pain and despair, finding comfort in food.

Many people suffer from depression at some point in their life. It is not something to be ashamed about. It is also something that you need help for; even though it feels terrifying, you still have the courage within you to reach out. Recovery is possible. xx