I always love seeing old letters resurfacing. I adore reviewing the letter head design, the colour of the fountain pen used, the style of cursive …… It makes me a bit giddy with delight and is such a lovely reminder of the bygone era when hand written correspondence was the only way to send a note.

Knowing of the existence of such letters is always intriguing, although I’m not sure if I agree on auctioning such items.

Ten letters written by Audrey Hepburn to her mentor, Sir Felix Aylmer, during 1951 and 1960 are to be auctioned by the London auction house, Bonhams. Sir Felix was paramount in Hepburn’s career, agreeing to give her acting and elocution lessons to help her with her craft.

They formed a relationship that developed into a lifelong friendship and as her career took off, Hepburn wrote the letters and postcards to Sir Felix, which is why they are of such value. While I would imagine that they would only be purchased by someone who adores her, it would be lovely if they could find their way back to her family.

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“Happiness is the secret ingredient for successful businesses. If you have a happy company it will be invincible.”
Richard Branson

Let’s face it – everyone wants to be happy. However, what people can take for granted is that happiness, much like anything else worthwhile, needs to be worked towards and is an ongoing pursuit.

Research has shown that the happier you are, the more productive you are. In turn, the happier your staff are, the more productive they will be. Healthy, engaged employees are your top competitive advantage.

The simplest and most inexpensive way to build a good team and good team culture is to have happy employees. However, in order to have engaged and happy staff, you need to build a relationship with them.

What better way to make your employees feel valued and important than by investing in them personally?


Enter …. The Happiness at Work Program

I realise that all this isn’t rocket science, however it’s so easy to forget to simply BE happy. So, we developed a Program to help do just that.

The Happiness at Work Program is a workbook that provides 30 exercises, which we recommend are completed over a 6 week period, allowing the habit of a positive mindset to be formed.

The Happiness at Work Program

The Happiness at Work Program

The way these questions and this program have been written is to train people to seek out the positive moments in their day, however small, and register them. After doing this for just a few short weeks, thinking in a positive way, should start to become automatic.

And it should only take 10 – 15 minutes to do, per day.


The results?

This program affirms that when individuals experience appropriate positivity, they perform better, and when individuals perform better, employers and organisations achieve more.

So .. let’s get happy?

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The other week, David Beckham was out and about early one morning, when he walked past Senior Paramedic Catherine Maynard who works with the Cycle Response Unit in London, who was attending to an elderly gentleman who had fallen in the street.

Catherine thought the man that walked past her looked a bit like David Beckham, however as she was waiting with her patient for the ambulance to arrive and trying to keep him warm in the cold, she didn’t give it a second thought.

However, it turns out the man was indeed David Beckham, who returned about ten minutes later with a coffee for Catherine and a tea for the patient. Such a simple, thoughtful and kind gesture – that wouldn’t have cost much, however meant the world to the freezing paramedic and patient.

David was kind enough to pose for a photo with Catherine, who uploaded the image to twitter using the hashtag – #buyitlikebeckham.

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The London Ambulance crews have since suggested that other members of the public might like to support their ambulance crews by offering to buy them a tea or coffee and send in the picture via Twitter  @Ldn_Ambulance and tag the photos with #buyitlikebeckham.

It’s sometimes easy to think that it’s only the big gestures that make someone’s day, when really, it’s the little things. Thanks for the reminder Mr Beckham.

 

 

 

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