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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...

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...

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...

Live with hope

Some choose to be afraid by being hopeless and helpless in difficult times. Hope for the best, see the big picture and concentrate on your dreams. Belief in a better future makes you motivated to face serious challenges head on and work for success. Hopelessness makes...

Top 10 happy music

I heard, Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow by Fleetwood Mac the other day and realised how irresistibly positive the tune and lyrics were. Make your own top 10 list of the songs that leave you feeling upbeat and full of joy. Just be aware that they may not have the...

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