A crafty afternoon of gratitude

To craft? Or practice a little gratitude? Put those hands together my fine friends. Putting a stitch or two of gratitude front and centre can be just what the doctor – or life coach – ordered. And who doesn’t like a crafternoon sesh once in a while? We’re very grateful to have Sarah Raad explain all.

Gratitude and crafting come together at the Biscuit Factory

Gratitude and crafting come together at the Biscuit Factory in February

Would you like to know how you can improve your happiness and health by creating one simple daily habit which will take you less than 10 minutes to do? This is what practicing gratitude can do for you!

I became interested in gratitude almost 20 years ago when, feeling a little lacking in direction, I read a book which recommended keeping a daily gratitude journal.

It inspired me to start, and almost immediately I started to notice an improvement in my happiness and my ability to weather setbacks.

Since then, after training to be a life coach, I have continued to read everything I can about gratitude, and have been amazing to read about the effects that this simple practice can have. Research shows gratitude increases happiness and mental wellbeing, reduces stress and anxiety, improves heart health, reduces blood pressure, boosts the immune system and even improves the quality of sleep!

Inspired by my own success with using gratitude, I have created ways to teach other people about its importance and how to cultivate an ‘attitude of gratitude’ including an online course and workshops both in house within companies and at events such as TEDX Newcastle, Thinking Digital and the Newcastle Wellness Show.

Gratitude makes people happier and healthier and I’m determined to bring the habit to as many people as possible.

Life coach Sarah Raad

Life coach Sarah Raad loves a bit of gratitude

I’ve always loved using crafting as a way of creating some me time and giving myself a treat so when I met Clare Albans of Hello! Hooray! and saw her striking, typographical embroidery designs, I saw the potential for a joined up day of wellness and creativity and so the idea of Craftitude was born!

Craftitude is a day long workshop where you can explore the idea of gratitude, why it’s so powerful and how you can use it to change your life. Through various exercises and tools, you learn how to create your own Gratitude Habit, which will hopefully last a lifetime.

You also get to spend time with Clare, learning simple stitching techniques and making a beautiful embroidery hoop hanging based around the theme of gratitude which you take away at the end of the workshop.

Clare is passionate about the use of crafting as a way of taking time for yourself and being creative with the process and enjoyment rather than the outcome being the main aim.

Craftitude is being held at the Biscuit Factory Newcastle on Saturday, February 1 from 10.30am-4pm. Tickets are available online at www.thebiscuitfactory.com The cost is £80 for the day including all materials and teas and coffees.

You can find out more about Sarah and simple happy life at www.simplehappylife.co.uk
Take a wander around Clare’s crafty doings at the Hello! Hooray! website.

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