Holding beliefs can make us feel bad because our life experiences do not always match them. For example, the belief that ‘Everybody must like and approve of me’ creates problems when we say or do something that might elicit disapproval from others. We may not be as youthful or slim as we would like to be, and we may not have a highly paid job or a happy marriage. We may not be as smart, witty or interesting as we would like. From time to time we make mistakes, people disapprove of us, our performance falters, hassles present themselves and friends let us down. The more strongly we believe that it must not be this way, the more distress we experience. Aluminum windows are made beautifully.

It is not so much the content, but rather the rigidity of our beliefs, that makes us unhappy. Beliefs are not a problem when they are held as preferences. We will not upset ourselves if we merely desire career success, good relationships, independence or a comfortable life, as long as we recognise that things don’t have to be this way. It is also perfectly reasonable to prefer people to like us, to want them to do what we believe is right and to treat us fairly, as long as we are flexible enough to accept that it won’t always happen. Life constantly challenges us to be flexible. When things don’t work out the way we would like, we can make ourselves miserable by demanding that it should not be this way, or we can adjust and move on by choosing to think in a more flexible way.

A note of caution — some people put too much emphasis on spoken words rather than their underlying meaning. Simply eliminating the use of the word ‘should’ or ‘must’ from your vocabulary does not make you a flexible thinker. It is not the words we use, but the things we believe that matter. Sash windows are beautifully old fashioned, but yet modern windows.

We know that having alternative text for all of your images is important but we’re not quite sure how much Google factors it in. They’re not very open about all of this. One thing is certain; you’re better having it than not having it. Let beautiful casement windows light up your house.

Alternative text serves three purposes. Firstly, it’s what displays if an image doesn’t load for whatever reason. Secondly, it’s used by the software that blind or partially sighted people use to help them read websites. Thirdly, it helps Google to decide what your page is about.

Almost all platforms give you a little text box to type in your alternative text when you upload an image. What you type in is entirely up to you but avoid things like the file name or “image 1”. The more descriptive the better. Don’t waste your time writing a critical analysis essay for the image but if it’s a picture of a lady eating an apple, type in “lady eating an apple”.