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Discover your purpose

It’s easy to keep your head down, being dutiful, working hard to get by. Later in life people often stop and ask, “Is this it?” Don’t leave the question of your purpose in life too late to do anything about it. Start with some questions: What are your deepest values?...

Be a shining star

Have you ever watched a toddler attempt to learn something? Walking? Piling up bricks? Learning to talk? They work hard, pursuing success with focus and attention that is humbling to observe. Later in life, we can be a bit half-hearted about achieving new skills. We...

Give it time

Older isn’t just wiser. It is happier too. Research shows that happiness and optimism peak in your 70s and 80s. People are often less happy in their middle years because they get bogged down in responsibilities and anxiety but then well-being rises for the rest of...

Free gifts!

In Hamburg at the Christmas markets, we saw a group of students with ‘Free Hugs!’ banners. Everyone was studiously ignoring them, going about their serious shopping. Speaking halting German, the six of us went and claimed our free hugs from each of them. We made...

Dealing with grudges

Is there someone you resent? When their name comes up does that feeling boil up again. Where did this come from? How long has it been going on? How does it affect you? By holding this grudge are you making a difference? If stuck, draw a circle in the middle of a page....

When the going gets tough…

Since the credit crunch and the crisis in the economy, we have been banging on about resilience as being critical for healthy survival during the long climb out of the downturn. Resilience also plays a huge part in success, life satisfaction and health. As a result it...

Love to learn

Be open to new experiences as they can bring a fresh intensity and interest to your life. Train yourself to be more inquisitive. Don’t take anything at face value. Ask yourself, and others a myriad of questions. Be intrigued by the past, the present and the future....

Make people happy

It is hard to resist a smile. While smiling inanely and inappropriately is to be avoided, the science of facial expressions tells us that when face muscles are stimulated electrically to replicate different facial expressions, the subject reports feeling the emotions...

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