What's Service Got To Do With It?

Service is a really interesting word, particularly when it comes to personal and professional growth.  I think that service, being of service, and serving somebody are concepts that some people seem to have forgotten in many walks of life. 

Think about the last time you went to a cafe or restaurant, or even the last time you went to buy food, did you think about that experience in terms of service, and the service you were being provided? Or did you focus your energy on the lack of...


PSA - Summer Self Care

According to the Pew Research Center, mums in 2016 spent an average of 14 hours a week on childcare, up from just 10 hours a week in 1965. And it’s even more in the summer - maybe up to 12 hours a day

Studies have shown that women who exercise regularly, eat right, get enough sleep, and find satisfaction in their work and personal lives experience less depression, anxiety, and chronic illnesses, such as heart disease.

6 Facts about Mums in USA (I couldn’t find similar stats...


Q&A July 20, 2019. Shaping Marriage to be Easier.

This post is the Q&A for July 20, 2019. If you have any questions to send please email me at [email protected] and we will do our best to respond. Sometimes we will take a few questions and put them together into one so you might not see your exact question here but you will get the idea of questions. 

Question - How to approach a partner to ask for his help to shape marriage life to be 'easier'. I find mine quite difficult sometimes. I feel like having children limits my...


High Five - July, 19, 2019

Hi All!

Here is your weekly Friday High Five! And a list of what I’m enjoying or pondering.

What I’m reading — 

Midyear Burnout - Does It Really Exist? by Elle Hunt for The Guardian.  Are we permanently tired? 

What I’m watching

Toy Story 4. I reluctantly went to the cinema to watch Toy Story with my kids. They remember the first Toy Story when it came out and so have an attachment to the film series. I said, no phones, if I see you looking at...


Flourish + Thrive - Volunteering

This week's flourish and thrive (positive psychology in action) is all about volunteering. You may, or may not believe me, but volunteering has a number of psychological attributes. We all know that volunteering can make somebody feel nice, and you have the self satisfaction of helping somebody else, but actually volunteering also has a much broader impact on your being

Research studies have found that volunteering and helping others has tangible benefits which are both psychological...


My Teachers - Russell Brand

In the first part of his career Russell Brand was somewhat a controversial character. Initially he was a stand-up comedian, then he did some work for MTV, and he is best-known for his work hosting the Big Brother series on Channel 4. Brand’s life was very much laid out in the media  for us all to see. He has been openly promiscuous, drug taking, and an alcoholic. But more recently Brand, in my opinion, has become one of the most interesting philosophers of our time.  He...


Where Are You Going?

Me - We are going out now. 

Mum - Where are you going?  

Me - Haleema wants to go for a walk. 

Mum - Where are you going? 

Me - Central London 

Mum - Where are you going? 

Marble Arch? Edgware Road? John Lewis? 

Me - Only Allah knows.

Mum - Where are you going? 

Me - Only Allah knows. 

Assalaamu alaykum 

… and I then left. 

Not knowing where you are going is a very empowering thing. And trusting that God has your back is...


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