Maintaining end-of-year motivation

Maintaining end-of-year motivation

by Andy Youings November 02, 2017

The end of year is a great opportunity to think about you and re-focus on achieving your goals without any distractions. So let’s look at some simple techniques to revisit your goals, evaluate your progress and stay on track for the rest of the year.
Digital Downtime

Digital Downtime

by Andy Youings October 07, 2017

This week we look at some simple techniques to help us step out of our digital bubbles using journaling and other writing techniques. No computers, phones or tablets; just you and your stationery.

Positive thinking

Positive thinking

by Andy Youings September 01, 2017

In the last of our mental health blogs comes to an end, we look at how writing and journaling can help boost positive self image. We also share a few tips of our own about how to use a journal or notebook to maintain positive ways of thinking.

Writing to aid family communication

Writing to aid family communication

by Andy Youings July 28, 2017

As we continue to explore the different ways that writing can help with many aspects of mental health, this week we focus on communication between family generations and talk to one parent about how they use alternative writing techniques to help tackle mental health issues within the family.

Writing to aid verbal communication

Writing to aid verbal communication

by Andy Youings July 17, 2017

This week we continue our mental health series by delving a little deeper into some writing techniques that might help in taking the next important step in resolving issues that may impact mental health; sharing our feelings with friends and family.
Identifying feelings for better mental health

Identifying feelings for better mental health

by Andy Youings July 08, 2017

As public awareness of mental health gets better, we look at some simple writing techniques that can by used to help identify and rationalise thoughts and serve as a great way of dealing with issues that could be affecting daily life, both personal and professional.

Come and say Hi at House  & Garden Festival

Come and say Hi at House & Garden Festival

by Andy Youings June 19, 2017

House & Garden Festival is taking place at London's Olympia from 21-24 June 2017. Offering visitors a wondrous and eclectic treasure trove of 550 beautiful garden, interior and lifestyle brands - we'll be there (Stand J37) with our entire collection. Come and get your hands on our beautiful stationery and grab a FREE GIFT, too!
Organising a family camp trip

Organising a family camp trip

by Andy Youings June 10, 2017

As with all things in life, good planning is the key to making things stress-free. With a little organisation you can ensure that you don’t need to take the entire house with you the next time you take the family camping. Here’s our top tips for using a journal or notebook to plan your next family adventure under canvas.
Writing for emotional intelligence

Writing for emotional intelligence

by Andy Youings May 12, 2017

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, a national campaign to help remove the stigma attached to mental illness. With homage to the campaign, we have dedicated this week’s blog post to the topic of emotional intelligence and how writing techniques can be used as part of a self-help approach.

A Thank You goes a long way

A Thank You goes a long way

by Andy Youings April 27, 2017

With National Stationery Week in full swing and today being #ThankYouThursday, now is the perfect time to reflect upon all the things we are thankful for. And whilst it’s always nice to express thanks in person, writing down all the things we are grateful for comes with many benefits, and where better to take note than in your journal or notebook.
Habit track goals into reality

Habit track goals into reality

by Andy Youings April 15, 2017

At this time of year many of our News Year’s resolutions can start to become a distant memory. And when the warmer weather arrives along with the promise of al fresco dining, the last thing on our minds is eating healthy or going to the gym. That’s why it’s a great idea to use your Say Nice Things journal to track your habits all year so that you don’t lose focus of your goals.
Organising your family life

Organising your family life

by Andy Youings February 24, 2017

Family life can sometimes get hectic. With everyone having different interests, activities and commitments keeping track requires a good organisational strategy.  We look at the ways your Say Nice Things journal can be used to become the second-in-command you need to help whip your squadron into shape.

Night thoughts

Night thoughts

by Andy Youings January 27, 2017

Some of the best ideas always seem to come to us at night. And why is it that when you wake up in the morning you can just about remember how to work the kettle but have absolutely no idea what that world changing idea was? One sure fire way to remember your ideas at night and enjoy a good night's sleep is to keep your Say Nice Things journal and pen by your bed so you can write them down. In our latest article we share some simple ideas to think clearly and sleep better.
New year. New start. New you.

New year. New start. New you.

by Andy Youings December 29, 2016

As another year draws to a close, it’s time to start thinking about the year ahead and after the excitement of Christmas one way to keep yourself motivated is using your notebook to write down and plan what you want to achieve in 2017. Here are our top tips for keeping your New Year’s resolutions this year.

How to use Morning Pages to free your mind

How to use Morning Pages to free your mind

by Andy Youings December 23, 2016

Not a morning person? Would you describe yourself as an exhausted pigeon rather than an early bird? If you can’t function without your morning coffee we may just have the solution for you. Called 'Morning Pages', it's a simple, daily writing routine you can use with your Say Nice Things notebook or journal to help improve your well-being and free your mind.

Lives in print

Lives in print

by Andy Youings December 02, 2016

Millions of people keep journals to record their hopes, fears and ambitions alongside the more humdrum details of their lives. Most are never read by anyone but the author, they are private works written for personal pleasure or a little bit of therapy. But some, either by accident or by design have been transformed from confidential accounts into international best sellers. Here is our pick of some of the most iconic journals and diaries of all time.
Write. Do. Tick. Repeat.

Write. Do. Tick. Repeat.

by Andy Youings November 18, 2016

Seriously, who doesn’t love a list? Groceries, check. Christmas gifts, check. Films to see before you die, check. And the list of lists goes on. But why do we love a list? As far as we can tell there are two main reasons, firstly organisation and secondly satisfaction of completing the tasks. Lets consider this in more detail, in the most appropriate format, a list of course.
Written into memory

Written into memory

by Jill Pinner November 11, 2016

While writing by hand is more time-consuming compared to typing on a keyboard, it has significant benefits and is better at engraving valuable information into our long term memory.

Mindful journaling

Mindful journaling

by Andy Youings October 23, 2016

While keeping a journal is an act of introspection, that doesn't mean it isn't valuable or worthwhile. There are a number of health benefits that come from putting pen to paper, as well as evidence to suggest that journaling can impact and improve our lives in many other ways.
10 Reasons why we love autumn

10 Reasons why we love autumn

by Andy Youings September 22, 2016

Ok, let’s get one confession out of the way before we start. There’s nothing we love more at Say Nice Things than making lists in our notebooks; they help us to get stuff done and keep us motivated. So here's the Top 10 things we love about autumn.