Listening Rather Than Fixing

Do you ever get annoyed when you complain about something to a friend and they immediately jump in with a solution to the problem? You might think offering advice to someone who is struggling with something would always be the right thing – but sometimes it’s best just to listen instead.   I’m sure you’ve […]

The Hermeneutics of Generosity

A while ago, Annie and I were introduced to an interesting and helpful concept – the Hermeneutics of Generosity. It was in a YouTube video by author, John Green, quoting Dr Paul Farmer, the co-founder of Partners in Health. It’s a great way of circumventing those occasions when you might otherwise get annoyed by people […]

Positive Choice

From my observations of human behaviour, I’ve noticed a lot of people struggle with resentment in their lives. Is this something that resonates with you? Do you spend a lot of time getting irritated by things you feel obligated to spend your time on? Well, perhaps there’s a way you can let go of that… […]

Challenging Assumptions

Do you ever find yourself thinking or feeling something that, if you actually take stock and challenge, turns out not to be true at all?   And yet your brain or your emotions present it as an instant reaction they subsequently try to convince you must be real?   Usually, I find this is because […]

The Subconscious Crew

Have you ever experienced that wondrous moment when you’re focusing on a manual task, like doing the washing up or taking a shower, and an amazing idea comes to you as if from nowhere? Would you like to be able to control when this happens and what the idea is about?   Well, according to […]

Presupposition of Success

Do you ever find that you have a long to-do list of things to complete throughout your day, but you can’t find the motivation to get them done?   I think we’ve all been in this position – where, perhaps there’s no urgent external deadline for things and we find it hard to keep ourselves […]

It’s Okay Not To Be Okay

Everything happens for a reason. Always look on the bright side. Find the silver lining. Turn that frown upside down. Be grateful for what you have, because there’s always someone worse off than you.   I’m sure all these phrases are very familiar. And, as a generally positive bear, who loves to spread joy and […]

Not My Banana

Over the last year, my human, Annie, has been dealing with a lot of uncertainty. Her husband, Dave, was suffering from a health issue that resulted in intermittent attacks of severe pain, but his surgery date kept getting pushed back.   Annie felt helpless, unable to do anything to help, but also experiencing a high […]

Radio Silence

Do you ever feel like you’re constantly being bombarded by information and you find it difficult to relax and hear your own voice amidst all the noise?   Today’s human world is full of fantastic ways to entertain and distract ourselves, no matter where we are or what we’re doing – streaming TV, podcasts, audiobooks, […]