Eat, drink and tweet positive

 ‘Tis the season to be jolly, tra la la la la, la la la la... so why is the top trending tweet of the day currently #endoftheworld? 

Carol singing brings out the best in us and I thoroughly enjoyed the spontaneous outburst of joy and laughter as we sang ever so slightly out of key at our recent office party. What we lacked in choral competence, we more than made up for in enthusiasm. A good time was had by all. 

It’s also the season of goodwill to all men (and women), so there’s plenty to be cheerful about and lots to be thankful for. The best time to have such optimistic, rose-tinted thoughts is when we’re stood in a mile-long queue at the tills, worrying if we’ve done enough, collectively, to save the high street, and whether all our online purchases will arrive in time for Christmas. 

Soothsayers have been predicting the end of the world since the dawn of civilisation, but we’ve always found solutions to the problems. And even on a cold, dark and gloomy winter’s night, despite all the world’s problems, we can all find a way to look on the bright side of life and reflect back on 2011 as a year we all battled through. 

Though we will bring baggage into 2012 from the current economic turmoil, European crisis and UK domestic issues, we must also find the strength to face up to fresh challenges. 

Whatever happens, we’re a long way from the end of the world and, as countless Olympic gold medallists will tell us come the summer, it’s the hard work and determination to succeed you put in week after week that get you through – not by jumping on the bandwagon of 140-character doom-mongering. 

Andy Rea