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It’s unrealistic and it’s bad for your health. Perfectionists have a 75 per cent higher incidence of illness than their more laid-back friends — so relax and accept that 90 percent might be good enough. Bring a soft sparkle to your home with a few candles. It’s amazing how this immediately improves your sense of wellbeing.
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