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What makes me happy by Elizabeth

Today is International Day of Happiness and the theme is 'Keep Calm. Stay Wise. Be Kind.' As we continue to face an ongoing global crisis together, we all have a chance to find uplifting and positive ways to look after ourselves – and one another. Our wonderful colleague, Elizabeth shares her story about how she has found happiness during this time.

Hi everyone, my name is Elizabeth Woodcock. I joined Harrods almost six years ago (again. I worked here once before in menswear casuals part-time in my late twenties.

In my current role, I work in the Homewares department selling wonderful home fragrances.

I have found the national lockdowns really tough, particularly the first. I live at home on my own with my three cats; Jasmine, Moses and Molly.

Honestly speaking, last year I really struggled mentally. I have found it difficult to think about what to do with my time. I miss Harrods, being in-store, seeing my friends, the wonderful interactions you have with customers and the theatrics of the surroundings. I’ve always compared working at Harrods to being in a show. Our store is literally our stage!

During the first Locked Down, I came across a quote “if you’re sad it’s important to help somebody else.” And that’s when I found what makes me happy. 

A neighbour of mine was working at the Nightingale hospital and told me about the GoodSAM App. It’s been set up as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, through the app, I pick up things for vulnerable people who are unable to leave their house (medication, food, etc). I’ve been using the app since the second Lockdown. Volunteering gives me a structure to my day and purpose. You end the day feeling good, knowing you have helped people. The world is going through so much at the moment, and the last year what I have uncovered is that helping others makes me feel really good.

Something else that makes me happy is acting/singing. I used to be an actress. When I was 15 I started acting in school and started my first professional job. I stopped when I was 26. It’s a tough industry and I realised it wasn’t for me as a young woman. But I loved performing and singing so much. And fate brought jazz back to my life four years ago. When I wasn’t at Harrods I was singing in a club called ‘Crazy Coqs’ in Brasserie Zedel. The atmosphere, people singing with you, all the energy in the room is what I love. I can’t wait to be on the stage again.

That’s all from me, to close, I want to end this blog by reminding people that if you’re feeling a little down, try to help somebody else, it will make you feel good. 

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