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What’s your mission?

Who are you? What difference can you make? Why are you here? Some people just know. Others are on a voyage of discovery. Open-minded exploration is fundamental to happiness. Pay attention and see patterns in your life. What central themes recur? When you pursue a...
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Negotiation Skills: natural or learnt?

Negotiating is an essential life skill that we are not always explicitly taught. What are the key secrets of good negotiators? Averil Leimon, Leadership Psychologist and Director of White Water Group, discussed it all with Stephen Jardine on BBC Radio Scotland –...
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Straight Talking can be for Good News too

Being a straight talker doesn’t mean that you have to be critical or offensive. We avoid not only confrontation but the good stuff too, suspicious of positive comments as just being a softener before the negative! If you take the opportunity to praise others in a...
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The Happiness Formula

A bit of science: Happiness = S+C+V. S is your set range: the way you were born. Some of us are born a bit more grumpy, some a bit more cheerful. It maybe counts for 50% of your long term happiness. C is for circumstances, i.e. climate, wealth, health, marital status,...
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Cultivate cheerfulness

“Cheerfulness is like money well expended in charity; the more we dispense of it, the greater our possessions” Victor Hugo. Misery and cynicism can suck you in with little effort. It takes real determination to be cheerful. Make the choice every day about the emotions...
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Top 10 happy reading

Out for a run in London this morning a poem, On Westminster Bridge by Wordsworth, came to mind “Earth has not anything to show more fair, dull would he be of soul who could pass by a sight so touching in its majesty…’ Great writers have said wonderful things...
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Born yesterday

Positive Psychology developed this question: If you were born yesterday, what would you choose as habits, hang-ups or rituals? Would you continue your old pattern of worries or still be afraid of your own shadow, spiders, public speaking or commitment? Or would you...
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