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Leave your legacy

Jeremy Bentham, the philosopher, stated that, “it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong”. Our own happiness can be greatly enhanced by ensuring the happiness of others. Think about what your legacy will be. In what way...
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Fill the sweetie jar

Imagine you have a big old sweetie jar. Put some large stones in. Is there room for more? No? Try pouring some gravel in. Any space left. Not really? Try tipping sand in. Amazingly there is still room. In life we often fill that jar up with all the sand and gravel of...
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3 Routes to happiness

Just to recap some of the themes so far. Psychology shows that there are 3 paths to happiness – pleasure, engagement and meaning. We are at risk of unhappiness if we focus entirely on pleasure because in fact it has the least to contribute. Whilst engagement, through...
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Learn to persevere

Robert the Bruce took as his motto, “Try, try, try again”, having watched a spider persevere at spinning its web. Psychologists talk about delayed gratification, being able to wait and work for something better rather than grabbing what you can get now. The ability to...
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Practice makes perfect

Being positive takes practice. Approach any new situation knowing you can succeed. Consider what would be a successful outcome. Think about your talents and how you are going to make it come good. You may have to try a number of different strategies before it works....
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Get into the zone

Happiness is worth pursuing not just so that you experience a state of bliss but because of all the other benefits. There is a strong relationship between health, wealth, success and happiness. People often assume that success leads to happiness when in fact there is...
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Not jam tomorrow

There’s a fairly puritanical belief about suffering now and getting your reward in Heaven. That if you work hard now then there will be jam tomorrow. Don’t put happiness on hold. It is too precious an emotion to leave to a hope, that one day, if this goes well and...
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Choose life

Aristotle said “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence”. Aristotle knew a thing or two but his ideas have taken a while to catch on! Those who have to fight daily for survival, security and sustenance would love to...
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Express yourself

If you ever go to a funeral, you find people standing round talking about the qualities of the deceased. I always wonder, did they say these things when the person was alive and they had the chance? What did a stiff upper lip do for you? Go on. Tell people you care....
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Make vivid pictures

Our worst memories are always very powerful, partly because we go over and over, reliving them, making their image strong. We re-experience the emotions, sensations and often tell our story to others, ensuring these images are seared into our brains. Try locking in...
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