9 Apr 2024

If you own property that goes up in value it may be subject to capital gains tax when you sell it. However, your main residence where you live is exempt. Good news for many homeowners!But imagine if you were taxed on other gains in your life. You may have gained in many ways:Gaining in friendships

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Posted by Jim Constable
30 Jan 2024

We go through many transitions in our lives, in different circumstances. Here are some thoughts on transitions…Imposed or initiated by youThis can make a big difference. The imposed ones usually take more getting your head around. The Kübler-Ross stages of change model – originally developed for understanding and dealing with loss and grief – helps

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Posted by Jim Constable
21 Nov 2023

The New York Times once ran an article headed This Hectic Pace of Modern Life… They ran it in 1931. Hmmm. So what?Anecdotally, some people can find this perceived increase in pace to be stressful. How do you cope with this anxiety?There are many potential solutions, depending on things like your position and your personality.

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Posted by Jim Constable
3 Oct 2023

Life’s challenges can be broken down into two elements; the things you are trying to achieve (security, prosperity, lifestyle, experiences) and the conditions in which you are trying to achieve them. Your world/your conditions is often a big part of the challenge!

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Posted by Jim Constable
5 Jun 2023

Liberations and Meditations In the opening to The Happiness Trap, by Russ Harris, he writes “Myth 1: Happiness is the natural state for all human beings.” He goes on to add that not only is it not natural but not possible.This is a liberating thought! The heading of Oliver Burkeman’s final Health and Wellbeing column

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Posted by Jim Constable
22 Mar 2023

Giving is Good For You We learn as children that Christmas presents are as much about giving as receiving. I know I heard it, though I’m not sure I really appreciated it until I was an adult.Since then I have learned that giving can actually be good for me. Being generous with my time as

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Posted by Jim Constable
24 Jan 2023

Feeling self-determined and psychological wellbeing Self-Determination Theory is about motivation. But it’s also about psychological health and wellbeing.Primarily researched and developed by Deci and Ryan* the theory includes three basic psychological needs. These require satisfying in order to foster wellbeing and health. They are needs that, if fulfilled, allow optimal functioning and growth. The 3

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Posted by Jim Constable
8 Dec 2022

Creating & Maintaining Helpful Habits Whether we are talking about how we care for others, how we save or how we live, our habits have a real and lasting impact on our lives (a classic Two Ronnies song included the lovely line “I got bad habits, I don’t clean out me rabbits”).The creation of new

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Posted by Jim Constable
28 Nov 2022

How are You with Change? Love it, loathe it? Do you know others who are similar to you, or the opposite?If change is your thing – if it energises and enthuses you – then today’s world is full of opportunity and invigoration. ‘New’ is all around. Technology marches on.It’s for the change adverse that life

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Posted by Jim Constable
6 Oct 2022

No More Positive or Negative… Why Helpful Thinking is Better Have you ever come across “positive thinking”, or someone recommending “thinking positively”? Or maybe you’ve heard “you’re so negative” as a criticism.I’m not so sure that positive and negative thinking are particularly useful terms. What I’ve found more beneficial is helpful thinking. Helpful thinking is

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Posted by Jim Constable
22 Apr 2022

Resilience is often talked about as an ability to bounce back and keep going (think of a bar, bent under pressure, but returning to its original state when the pressure is released). It’s a pretty natural human quality that we all have. Granted, some people seem to have, or at least show, enormous resilience in

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Posted by Jim Constable
11 Mar 2022

Stress can be influenced by personality, culture and environment. But the best way to understand it is to think of it as a process as opposed to an outcome.

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Posted by Jim Constable
16 Dec 2021

Setting goals AND using goals are linked but different things. A bit like having a Christmas cookbook but never getting it off the shelf!

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Posted by Jim Constable
27 Oct 2021

We have teamed up with J1 Coaching to talk about some of the things we can all do to make small changes and improve our well-being. Jim Constable is a friend of FiveWays and we are delighted he has agreed to share his knowledge and expertise with our clients:

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Posted by Jim Constable
20 Sep 2021

We have teamed up with J1 Coaching to talk about some of the things we can all do to make small changes and improve our well-being. Jim Constable is a friend of FiveWays and we are delighted he has agreed to share his knowledge and expertise with our clients:

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Posted by Jim Constable