Ask for a Recommendation or Leave a Good Review

Asking for a recommendation from a friend, family member, loved one or co-worker is a win win – it strengthens your good relationships, making them feel appreciated by showing that you value their opinion, and you get something new to watch, read or try out that you know is going to be good! (And might be just the pick-me-up or temporary distraction you need in hard times.)

Alternatively, you can give recommendations to others. Why is it that we are all quicker to leave a bad review than a good one? Why not spread some positivity and leave a good review for something you have enjoyed recently, be it a restaurant, film, online purchase, place to go or thing to do?

Websites to leave a good review:

www.tripadvisor.co.uk

www.facebook.com on their business page

www.yelp.com

www.amazon.co.uk or wherever you purchased the item from

www.imdb.com or www.rottentomatoes.com for movie reviews

Or let us know what you would recommend on Facebook or Twitter and we'll add it below for others to find!

 

You could even leave a good review of a friend or colleague that you know is great at what they do on their LinkedIn page or offer to provide them a written reference for whenever they next need one!

Follow Imara on LinkedIn here. 

 

Our Recommendations

Below are some recommendations from our team:

 

Free Podcasts

Stuff You Should Know

“How do landfills work? How do mosquitos work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the Stuff You Should Know about everything from genes to the Galapagos in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.” – iTunes and Podcast app

TED Talks Daily

“Want TED Talks on the go? Every weekday, this feed brings you our latest talks in audio format. Hear thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable -- from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between -- given by the world's leading thinkers and doers.” – www.TED.com

 

Books

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

“Author Rhonda Byrne, like each of us, has been on her own journey of discovery. In The Secret, she explains with simplicity the law that is governing all lives, and offers the knowledge of how to create – intentionally and effortlessly – a joyful life.

A number of exceptional men and women discovered The Secret, and went on to become known as the greatest people who ever lived. Among them: Plato, Leonardo, Galileo, Napoleon, Hugo, Beethoven, Lincoln, Edison, Einstein, and Carnegie, to name but a few.

Now for the first time in history, all the pieces of The Secret come together in a revelation that is life transforming for all who experience it.

This is The Secret to life.”

From the book’s official website.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

“What does it mean to feel truly alive?

Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.

A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.

'I wrote this book because the oldest clichés remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven't been able to see it . . . Words, just sometimes, really can set you free.'”

From Amazon.co.uk

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

“Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not . . .

Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed. A life in which - remarkably - he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.”

From Amazon.co.uk

 

Feel Good Films

A Man Called Ove

“Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.” – IMDb

Inside Out

“After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.” - IMDb

Amelie

“Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.” - IMDb

Finding Nemo

“After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.”- IMDb

Daddy Day Care

“Two men get laid off and have to become stay-at-home dads when they can't find jobs. This inspires them to open their own day-care center.” - IMDb

School of Rock

“After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of a strict elementary private school, only to try and turn it into a rock band.” - IMDb

Dirty Dancing

“Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.” - IMDb

Moana

“In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.” - IMDb

Mamma Mia

“The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.” - IMDb

The Holiday

“Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.” - IMDb

Madeline

“The adventurous, young Madeline is very good at getting into trouble, but she's also fantastic in solving problems as well, and her school-mistress Miss Clavel is not too approving of her. The biggest problem comes up when Lord Covington decides to sell Madeline's school.” - IMDb

This is 40

“Pete and Debbie are both about to turn 40, their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they're on the verge of losing their house, and their relationship is threatening to fall apart.” - IMDb

 

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