Pay it forward

Benjamin Franklin talked about this idea, books have been written about it and the film with this name stars Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment. The concept is easy to describe. Help three people. Do something for them that they cannot do for themselves....

Find joy

As children we can be naturally joyous, taking delight in simple sensations, sliding on ice, splashing in puddles, being reunited with loved ones. Even children, sadly, lose some of their capacity for joy as they become aware of what a serious business life can be....

Transcend the ordinary

We can be so wrapped up in ourselves most of the time. Rise above all the petty noise of the ordinary and set your sights on something higher and greater than yourself. Whatever your religious affiliation or spiritual beliefs, allow yourself to be lifted above the...

Learn to play

Life is serious and we work hard. Sometimes we lack the energy to be silly. An advert used to say, “Act your shoe size not your age”. Just for once don’t do the sensible thing. Run through the fountains, get wet, splash someone (maybe not a stranger). Watch small...

Be curious

Curiosity killed the cat? In one story! For the rest of us, it keeps us alive. As an adult with increasing responsibilities, it’s easy to get stale, to slip into routine, to stop seeing the world afresh and start thinking you have seen it all. Don’t limit yourself....

Celebrations

Find reasons to celebrate life on a regular basis. It’s a Tuesday! Your friend was promoted! They met someone new! Be generous and creative in the way that you celebrate your friends’ and family’s good fortune and major life events. You don’t always need to throw a...

Finding family

When 2000 people were asked, “What one thing in your life brings you most happiness?” most people said that they found happiness in family and relationships. You need connections to people in order to be happy. However, not everyone has the benefit of a good loving...

Ditch the joy suckers

Have you noticed that some people just steal the light from the day? They always have to see the worst in everyone and everything. As a result, they are pretty miserable to be around. If you argue for the best, it can be adversarial and grim. Try basic conditioning...

Look back with thanks

Being thankful is good for your health and happiness. You may not be a naturally grateful person but it is an easy habit to learn if you try hard enough. It is never too late to become more grateful. Start with the past. Think back to your childhood. Remember...

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