The Simple Things - - THINK | CREATIVITY -

AS SPRING AR­RIVED we pro­duced a set of four sew-on badges (you can buy them, see page 23), each re­flect­ing an ev­ery­day action that can en­rich your life. The first four were on the themes of be ac­tive, con­nect, keep learn­ing and take no­tice.

We asked read­ers to de­sign the fifth Hap­pi­ness Patch, in the style of our series, on the theme of give. And you rose to the task – we had over a hun­dred patch de­signs sub­mit­ted – some of our favourites are printed over the page. The win­ning de­sign ‘Share with Oth­ers’ (above) by Lau­ren Bow­ers is be­ing made into a real patch and she wins a fan­tas­tic VIP glamp­ing fes­ti­val pack­age with The Good Life Ex­pe­ri­ence (the­goodlife­ex­pe­ri­ All good things come to those who wait and, if you’re a sub­scriber, the wait will be worth it, as we’ll be send­ing you one of Lau­ren’s patches with your Septem­ber edi­tion of The Sim­ple Things. We’ll also be sell­ing the ‘Share with Oth­ers’ patch on­line from the end of Au­gust and do­nat­ing all the pro­ceeds to The Trus­sell Trust, which works to end hunger and poverty in the UK by co-or­di­nat­ing a 420-strong net­work of food­banks, and now pro­vides money ad­vice and fuel banks, too. Some 13 mil­lion peo­ple live be­low the poverty line in Bri­tain and the num­ber is grow­ing each year.

Lau­ren Bow­ers’ win­ning patch

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