See a bright future

The slogan, ‘things can only get better’ was hijacked by politicians, but what other way is there to see life? Embrace the possible. Be interested rather than daunted by new developments in technology, science and food. Imagine the possible. Of course we have problems...

Pass the laugh

A group exercise: the first person laughs, the next person has to laugh bigger, the next bigger still, pass the laugh on and on. Even though it starts off fake, in no time people are weeping and holding their sides, cackling like banshees. Anyone watching is caught up...

It’s not all about you

You usually know what you want in most situations. What acts like social glue is the ability to recognise what other people need and want, too. People are critical to real happiness. Good relations enhance life. Find balance: WIIFM – What’s in it for Me? Know what you...

De-clutter your brain

Have you seen those house programmes where everything is put out on the lawn. Only what is beautiful or useful gets back in. Consider doing that with your mind. Look at all the time wasting trivia and aims that you give space to. Decide what to recycle and what is for...

Go on a strengths date

We all have strengths which tend to be different from other people’s. They may be creative while you are prudent. They have amazing courage and you are great with people. Find novel activities which combine your strengths. Creativity and prudence might combine to...

As easy as A B C

Negative thinking robs you of happiness and can be persistent. Here’s the ABCDE of breaking the pattern: A. Adversity, what triggered it? I failed. B. Belief that underpins it? I’m rubbish. C. Consequence of the thought? I’m miserable. D. Debate the evidence I only...

Bounce back

Everyone faces challenges and trauma at some point. Strengthen your capacity to bounce back quickly to previous levels of emotional wellbeing. Be confident of your strengths. Develop some emotional literacy so you can manage your own and other’s feelings. Above all...

Make a happy workplace

Work can be a major sources of happiness yet often isn’t. Lots of people just sleep walk at work. Research shows that flourishing teams, successful on a range of economic/business measures, are fundamentally different from languishing teams in three ways: Positive to...

Reasons to be cheerful

Happier, richer and a bit fatter. . . . Wealth, environment, good government and community spirit all contribute to our ratings on life satisfaction scales. People in the West are on average more satisfied with their lives than ever before. Some room for improvement...

Broaden and build

Bad feelings protect us from danger. What good are pleasant feelings? Research by Fredrickson shows that positive emotions broaden our vision. We make more creative connections and face problems more effectively. Seeking out positive feelings builds us into better...

Top 10 happy films

We know that people perform better mentally after watching a film that makes them laugh compared to viewing something more miserable. Have to hand a set of happiness inducing movies. Everyone will make different choices. I’ve mentioned It’s a Wonderful Life which I...
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