Happy New Year! I’m hoping to pull myself up a bit in 2018…..


Elderly man lifting weights --- Image by © Jose Luis Pelaez, Inc./Blend Images/Corbis

Good afternoon all – I just wanted to wish you all the best for 2018.

It seems almost impossible to start a new year without planning to do/be something different. I’m sure you’ve all got your own ideas, and if I can help in any way, get in touch. I plan to focus on the three things that will boost my serotonin levels in the year ahead – Positive Action, Positive Interaction and Positive thinking. A steady flow of serotonin will help me cope more effectively with anything the year has to throw at me…

Positive action – doing the things that you value and feel are worthwhile. I’m going to put more time into playing music and maintain my routine of gym classes (which have given me so much more energy over the last couple of years)

Positive interaction – spending time with people you care about. I’m going to spend more time in the same room with my family (more details to follow). On a social media

Positive thinking – 2017 wasn’t a smooth time for me by any means (is any year ever ‘smooth’?), but I was pleased to notice that when I looked back on the New Year’s eve my first comment to Kate was “It’s been a pretty good year when you think about it…” which shows that I’m developing the habit of being grateful for all the good things I experience in my life.

I’ve set myself a reasonably sized physical challenge for the year which will be boosted by this way of thinking. It’s not an ultra-marathon, or a marathon or even a half-marathon, it’s….. a pull -up! A PE teacher watched me trying to do one at school and told me to forget about it, which I did for about 40 years. The thing is, I can’t think of a reason why I shouldn’t be able to do one eventually, so I’m giving myself a year.

Let me know your plans, and let’s see how we get on…..


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