Melanie Dales

Hi, I am Melanie, and I offer a very warm welcome to all of those who are taking your very precious time out to read what I have to say. I must confess, that as a true technophobe, this is my very first attempt at blogging, so PLEASE, be kind, and be patient, and live in the hope that my attempts will improve with practice! (No pressure there then!!!!) I could so easily ask myself WHY on earth am I even doing this? Can I not just be content with my already hectic, if not manic, work schedule? It would seem not, and actually, if I am totally honest with both myself and my readers, I am very much relishing the prospect of this new challenge that I have apparently committed myself to! Why? After a great deal of consideration and reflection, I have realised that I am a bit of an idealist, if such a thing exists, and I have this insane desire to reach as many people as I can and change our current way of ‘being’! A bit of a cliché, I am fully aware, but I want our world to be a way happier and more content place in which to be, and if I can be just a tiny cog in the wheel that makes that happen then bring it on! As a successful Psychotherapeutic Counsellor in private practice (The Therapy Temple) I would like to think that I already go some small way to making that happen, however, as with most things, there is always more that can be done, hence my excitement at joining The Feel Good Initiative!

The Feel Good Initiative has been founded by a young Yorkshireman, Connor Smith, in whom I have extraordinary faith…he has battled through his own, often intense, issues surrounding his mental health, to emerge as an unstoppable force who I believe will go on to achieve great things in life…things that throughout the course of his life, and beyond, will touch the hearts and minds of many. That kind of strength and determination can only be admired, and admire him I do!

So what is this ‘Initiative’ about? It’s about reaching out to as many people as we possibly can and sharing with them the art of successful ‘being’. A simple enough goal we might think, but first we need to trudge through what appears to be an endless mire of societal expectations that are consistently forced upon us on a daily basis! We are living in a world where we are led to believe that in order to be considered ‘successful’ we must jump through a series of almost impossible hoops! We are given from a very young age a series of ‘right’ ways of being, and these ‘right’ ways of being are defined by an endless list of

‘must have’s’. To summarise these ‘necessities’, we are talking the house, the cars, the clothing, the education, the technology, the holidays, and perhaps worst of all, the physical appearance! The message we are given just about every single day of our lives is ‘Come on, keep up!’, and our perception of that message is often that we will NEVER be able to achieve ANY of this in our three score years and ten (or whatever our average life expectancy may be these days!) Of course, we all endeavour to keep up, and of course, ideally, we all need a roof over our heads, food on our table, a means of transport, and a way in which to cover our less than perfect skin (when it comes to dressing, loin cloths apparently, and thankfully, just don’t cut it anymore!) The question is though, do we REALLY need to go to the lengths that we do to acquire more and more material possessions? Still however we try…and ultimately our hot pursuit of all things material results in a whole load of stress, anxiety, depression, and ultimately, no matter how much we achieve, we are all too often caught in the trap of feeling inadequate and that we will

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