happiness

A Monk’s Guide to Happiness

In June 2009 I emerged from a meditation retreat that had lasted four years. It was an intensive programme alongside 20 other monks, in a remote old farmhouse on the Isle of Arran in Scotland. We were completely cut off from the outside world, with no phones, Internet or newspapers. Food was brought in by […]

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Spiced Rum and Fig Brownies Recipe

Brownies are the mainstay of my baking repertoire for good reason: they’re quick and easy to make; they’re infinitely adaptable; everyone loves them. I’m very happy to spend hours in the kitchen, tinkering with an elaborate recipe for a multi-layered celebration cake or a complicated dessert with a ridiculous number of elements. But really, what […]

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Goat Yoga

Find Your Farmyard Flow with Goat Yoga

Lainey Morse created a media whirlwind when she combined the words ‘goat’ and ‘yoga’ at an event in summer 2016. Since then, she’s appeared in hundreds of publications and media outlets around the world. She explains how it all got started: ‘I’ve been an animal lover all my life. When I was a child living […]

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Light

How to use Light for Health and Happiness

It should be our goal to be outdoors as much as possible, but for many of us, particularly those of us who live in northern climes, it is understood that we will spend a lot of time indoors in the winter – which is why there is so much attention in my native Sweden to […]

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Why skincare is my short cut to happiness

If, like me, you search daily for the latest skincare products, get a rush of excitement every time you try the new ‘it’ serum and love the prospect of having a healthy, scientifically enhanced complexion for the rest of your days, you might be interested in the rest of this article. Skincare makes me happy […]

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Shortcuts

Short cuts to Happiness – words of wisdom from your hairdresser

We go to the hair salon or barbershop in search of some kind of change. We ask for anything from a minor trim to a major cut, a barely perceptible highlight to a transformational new color. Many of us, however, secretly or openly desire to go beyond external change, beyond altering the way our head […]

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Padraig O'Morain Mindfulness & Kindfulness Exercises

Exercises In Mindfulness & Kindfulness From Padraig O’Morain

We all know what it’s like to feel overcome by worry, to suffer the aches of tension in our body, to catch that critical little voice inside telling us we must be better. Mindfulness – the act of focusing your wandering mind on the present – can help you conquer this negativity. Psychotherapist Padraig O’Morain […]

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Monsters

Making Magic From Monsters

One of the most frustrating things about self-sabotage is looking back and wondering what the hell came over us. How do we get a grip on a problem that – like a monster materialising from the shadows of the mind – seems to come out of nowhere? In her book FIGHT: Win Freedom From Self-sabotage, […]

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Kind

Kindfulness : The trend of self-compassion

It was reported recently in the Guardian, in a piece on recent ‘up lit’ novels, that kindness is making its mark in the literary world, with big-hearted stories featuring tenderness, companionship and compassion rising to the top of the bestseller charts and infiltrating our reading. This was no surprise to us at Yellow Kite – […]

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Kintsugi, or how to repair your life after it’s been broken

Kintsugi (‘golden joinery’) is the ancient Japanese art of repairing what has been broken. When a ceramic piece breaks, the masters of kintsugi repair it with gold, leaving the reconstruction highly visible, because, for them, a reconstructed piece is a symbol of fragility, strength and beauty. Ceramics are fragile, strong and beautiful at the same […]

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