Things to do to live your life well in Novem­ber...

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1 NOVEM­BER Swap your spooky Hal­loween ac­tiv­i­ties for a Gaelic tra­di­tion that marks the chang­ing of the sea­sons. Cel­e­brat­ing the spir­its of those who have passed and times of change, the fes­tiv­i­ties of Samhain in­clude mak­ing dis­plays of ap­ples, nuts and sage, light­ing mag­i­cal res and feast­ing on hearty pump­kin stew with your near­est and dear­est.

2-4 NOVEM­BER Cel­e­brate Nor­way’s tra­di­tional sh dish at the an­nual Rak sk­fes­ti­val. Fagernes hosts a two-day party for rak sk (salty, semi-fer­mented trout), beer and aqua­vit. Caught in the sum­mer, the trout goes through a 12-week fer­men­ta­tion process, ready for ev­ery­one to en­joy in Novem­ber. * Read more about Nor­way and its win­ter tra­di­tions on page 106.

13 NOVEM­BER It’s World Kind­ness Day, so take a mo­ment to be kind to your­self and oth­ers. It’s in­spired by the Small Kind­ness Move­ment, born in Ja­pan in 1963, when Tokyo Univer­sity pres­i­dent Mr Seiji Kaya started a cru­sade to get ev­ery­one to prac­tice a lit­tle act of kind­ness. He hoped that by start­ing small, it would one day spread and make kind­ness a norm in so­ci­ety.

ALL MONTH Put pen to pa­per – Novem­ber is In­ter­na­tional Novel Writ­ing Month. You can sign up to join the on­line com­mu­nity of over 500,000 bud­ding writ­ers start­ing their own novel. If you’ve al­ways wanted to write a book, it’s a fan­tas­tic place to nd in­spi­ra­tion, share the highs and the lows and meet like-minded peo­ple. Reg­is­ter at www.nanow­rimo.org

ALL MONTH We’re nuts for nut but­ter, so we’re thrilled that Novem­ber is Peanut But­ter Lover’s month! A great source of healthy fats, pro­tein and potas­sium, nut-based spreads can be added to por­ridge, lay­ered on crisp­breads or just spooned out of the jar for a nutty in­dul­gence. Go for jars with no added palm oil or sugar to reap the health bene ts.

Search #be­yondthe­jar for recipes

25 NOVEM­BER “When you buy from a small busi­ness, an ac­tual per­son does a lit­tle happy dance.” To­day is the ideal day to get peo­ple bo­ogy­ing as it’s Small Busi­ness Satur­day. Sup­port­ing in­de­pen­dent shops boosts the econ­omy, plus it’s a great ex­cuse to treat your­self or a friend!

Get in­volved on social media with #small­busi­ness­sat­ur­day

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