Time is short

Happiness at work

It’s pretty common, and unfortunate, that these two words don’t match. It’s as if they couldn’t be together. Or that’s what we are all used to think. Things can always change. As long as we change, which is obviously not easy. But changes will always bring new good things to our life, even if at the beginning we can’t see it.

Going online can be tiring and boring. Unless you have good music and something great to read. Like this article I found by chance



Fringe Benefits

There are many, many things that I love about Madrid and Spain.  There are the tangibles, that before moving here I knew I was going to love and that would improve my quality of life, then there are the intangibles, that I cannot quantify.  In addition, there are the things that I never expected, but that are now amongst my favourite things about this magnificent place.

I have a fringe.  I have had a fringe nearly my whole life, it’s my thing, my look (such as it is).  Anyone with a fringe will know that this is a love/hate relationship.  There is a fine line between a fringe looking gorgeous, and looking awful, and sometimes that line can be crossed de la noche a la mañana.  Monday evening you are congratulating yourself on how good you look, Tuesday morning you cannot stand to look in the mirror: all due to the fringe.

When I lived in the UK, my fringe ruled my life.  My hairdresser was super expensive and I could only afford to go to her around two or three times a year.  She would provide a free fringe trim in-between cuts, but this wasn’t really a sufficient amount to keep me looking my best.  I would have to meticulously share them out across the year and consequently spent a lot of my time feeling ugly.

Imagine my total and complete delight, then, when I discovered The Very Best Thing About Spain: THE HAIRDRESSERS HERE WILL CUT YOUR FRINGE FOR YOU WHENEVER YOU WANT IT AND NOT MAKE YOU HAVE A WHOLE HAIR CUT – AND IT DOESN’T EVEN HAVE TO BE YOUR OWN HAIRDRESSER!  For three little euritos every five weeks, my life has been transformed!

So, when trying to make the most of my time in this shitty job, one of my favourite break-time jaunts is to walk up to the nearby high-street, where there is one of these magical places, and have my fringe trimmed.  I leave for my break feeling disgusting and I return feeling like a champion.




Go grocery shopping


This might not be a fun thing to do, but we recommend you make sure you use your time wisely during your break. If you have your grocery list ready, it’ll take you less than an hour to complete your shopping.


Start a conversation with someone


Speak to the cleaning lady everyday, smile to her, talk to the portero, or to the chino at the store. Pick anyone, anywhere and just gift them a smile.

Here are some suggestions from some of History´s greatest thinkers on how to start an interesting conversation (source: The School of Life):

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Plan a Special Evening


With no reason at all, being alive is reason enough, plan a special dinner for someone you love, or even yourself! Make a list of the things you need to plan and/or buy and go for it. Take that break time to go buy what you need for it. Get it all set during your break. Don’t plan something too complicated, ’cause it’ll take more than one-break-hour to get consolidated.

Take Yourself Out for Coffee


There is always somewhere around your work where you can go out for tea or coffee. Pamper yourself and go out just for the sake of breathing pure air, doing something different or simply taking a break from that -sometimes- toxic environment we are immersed in.


Tasty Lunch/Dinner


You are the most deserving person in this moment. So plan something nice for yourself, you deserve it. Looking forward to a nice food during the day will make you happy, at least for a day. And you can always repeat it.

Read a book


Reading always nurtures the soul. Even if it’s not a deepening type of reading. It makes your imagination grow and your creativity flourish. Find a magazine about something you like to do or learn about, a novel, a blog, a comic, anything that’s not news related.

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Random acts of kindness


It might sound cheesy or ridiculous to some people, but actually doing something kind for someone -anyone- makes us happy. It’s perfectly fine if you want to follow Bernadette Russell on doing something kind everyday, or do less than that. Doing something kind at least once a week, will fill you up enough.

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