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Gimmicky articles won’t help your happiness

Vogue Williams, Virginia Macari, Rosanna Davison and Roxy Horner at Virginia Macari's Paradise Collection. Pictures: Brian McEvoy
Vogue Williams, Virginia Macari, Rosanna Davison and Roxy Horner at Virginia Macari's Paradise Collection. Pictures: Brian McEvoy
Gimmicky articles won’t help your happiness

I READ an article this week that claimed to know the eight things you need to do to make you a happier person!

Supposedly, us happy people have the same habits and anyone can adopt them to improve their serotonin levels.

The eight reasons range from praying, eating dinner as a family, exercise, avoiding rage, not gossiping and waving to your neighbour.

Have you ever heard such rubbish? I mean, avoid rage? Well if you’re in a rage you’re certainly not happy.

I couldn’t believe the absolute drivel I was reading and to top it off there were thousands of comments under it.

In fairness, I did read the eight tips, but they aren’t rules I’d be sticking by.

For me, life’s goal is happiness; what is the point of everything if it doesn’t make you happy?

I don’t think happiness is an emotion that sticks with us. I honestly believe that you need to work at it.

It’s so important to do things every day that make you happy. Everyone will have different things, but they can’t really be material. In saying that, I was pretty happy when I went shopping the other day, so that point is up for discussion!

In all seriousness, though, I think a lot of people struggle with being happy.

I have friends that are very unhappy and it’s not a nice position to be in.

That article annoyed me a lot because there are no rules to being happy. You need to make your own happiness. I would hate the thought of some people who are struggling taking any notice of an article like that.

I can finally say I feel happy, but this time last year it would have been a total different answer and it’s a nice feeling to be able to say I came through that.

I had a lot going on last year and although some of the same issues are still with me, I’ve found new ways of getting around them.

One of the best things I ever did was go and speak to a therapist. It was so helpful.

In an ideal world we would all be happy, but we don’t live in an ideal world. So, if you’re having a tough time don’t be hard on yourself, and continue with your gossiping –

Love-life queries are no fun

I’M gonna put this out there... I hate bank holidays!

I know everyone thinks they’re amazing as you get a long weekend, but I always feel like I’ve started the week on the wrong foot.

On Tuesday I went back to the gym and got a million annoying jobs done – including responding to all the emails I’d ignored over my lazy weekend.

On Wednesday I was hosting an event for NowTV’s arrival into Ireland and I had a bit of a strange experience.

To be fair, I find interviews strange at the best of times, but they are a necessity in my job and I’m lucky that people want to talk to me in the first place.

The thing is, I just feel the need to be a little more private right now. I share a lot on social media and I feel people see what I’m like on there, but it’s difficult to get that across in print, especially when I feel like I’m sidestepping a lot of questions!

The questions are usually about who I’m seeing. I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am that I don’t want a relationship to take away from that. I don’t mind the questions, but I did one interview that really annoyed me.

One journalist was getting way too personal and she even asked me what I earned in a year and if I was divorced. There were lots of proping questions and it put a slight dampener on an otherwise fantastic day.

On Thursday I did a shoot with the most incredible photographer, Jayden Fa. It was back to the hotel next to prepare for my DJ set at Virgina Macari’s fashion show.

I’ve been friends with Virginia for years and she is an incredible swimwear designer. As always, the pieces were fab.

Picture is perfect


I LOVED the recent photos taken of the Loose Women panel. The ladies ditched the photoshop in favour of stretch marks, cellulite and all the wonderful wobbly bits.

The pictures were amazing and the girls looked stunning. They weren’t retouched to within an inch of their lives and showed us all how beautiful they look without any help.

I’ve spoken about body image many times in this column because it’s definitely something I’ve personally struggled with.

The pursuit of perfection can be a long and pointless journey and the Loose Women panel showed us all that everybody can be perfect in their own way.

The images we usually aspire to aren’t real, so it was quite refreshing to see the panel put it all out there.

The campaign is running all across Britain and is on billboards up and down the country to promote body confidence.

Loose Woman Katie Price said: “I have produced five babies so I can’t knock my body – it’s a proper machine. There’s nobody the same. I’ve got scars, they’re good memories. We’re all imperfect, all bodies tell a story. I don’t regret any of it. Everyone should embrace who they are. You should be loved for who you are.”

Janet Street Porter, the oldest of the group at 70, said: “I want women all over Britain to learn to love their body. Our bodies are brilliant – it’s your weapon!”

Well said ladies!