Sarah Ferguson reveals fairies and magic make her happy
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, has revealed that she believes in fairies and magic – and that they help to keep her happy on a day-to-day basis.
The author of Budgie the Little Helicopter told the Daily Mail these small things have the power to make her spirit soar and ensure she is ready for adventure when she is feeling a little down in the dumps.
"When you blow on a dandelion, you will see the light of the enchanted spreading their wings and disappearing off on their own journeys, just like you have today when you opened your eyes. Don't let the day go by without looking for fairies and magic," she urged.
The 55-year-old made the comments in a new book put together to raise money for Children in Need, which is being compiled by 13-year-old schoolgirl Hanni Blaskey.
She got the idea of asking an array of famous people what makes them happy while watching a documentary about young carers and has written to hundreds to ask them for their contributions.
Sarah Ferguson's is perhaps the most creative and revealing though, as many of the others simply said it is their family or particular types of food that have the ability to cheer them up.
However, a belief in fairies is still by no means unusual, with many people attributing them to improvements in their wellbeing.
The Road And Coastal Commission in Iceland had to abandon plans for a new road last year for fear they were disturbing fairies, while Professor Bill Gray, director of the Sussex Centre For Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy at the University of Chichester, told the newspaper that fairies and other supernatural beings were once widely believed in by most of society.
They most probably began as versions of pagan deities and are now said to live in woodlands, hills or stone circles.
Professor of psychology at Goldsmiths College, London Christopher French recommended that they could be worth trying to communicate with, particularly for anyone in emotional or physical pain, commenting: "The very act of concentrating on something nice and cute, such as fairies, will stop you thinking about your pain, making you feel calmer and happier."
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