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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Have a happy heart

Love and happiness are firmly entwined. Many people spend their lives looking for love, hoping for love, expecting to be loved and being disappointed. The only control you have is over your own love. You can’t make anyone love you. All you can do is work at loving...

Be a good consumer

We are fortunate to live in a time and culture of plenty, unlike many other parts of the world. But materialism isn’t always an effective route to happiness. Research indicates that just buying things because you want them can leave you less satisfied with life and...

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