Last month I wrote a post about the return of the Up Series - the pioneering documentary strand that began in 1964 and followed the lives of 14 Brits from the age of seven, revisiting them every seven years. The first part of the latest instalment, 56 Up, was screened this week. I was struck by the fact that there had been less drama in the lives of the participants since they appeared in 49 Up … [Read more...] about Forget reality TV, this is real life in all its glory
Happiness. Everyone wants it. Some get it, others don’t. The Dalai Lama says it’s the main purpose of life. But what is happiness? How do you define it? Happiness, it seems, means something different to everyone. However, we all agree that it would be a good idea to experience more of it. To me, happiness is a profound felt-sense of being at peace with myself and the world. To you, it might be … [Read more...] about Is happiness a skill you can learn?
If you missed it, here’s my first attempt at a manifesto for life… … [Read more...] about
A little bit of late-night gratitude with your hot chocolate? … [Read more...] about
“I pray for the courage to speak my unedited truth because I believe that otherwise I cannot be of true value to anyone else.” So speaks happiness expert Robert Holden in his book Success Intelligence. This is what he does before giving a talk - which he does about 100 times a year - when his mind is telling him stories about looking good and gaining acceptance from his audience. … [Read more...] about Don’t edit your truth
I’ve just been reading an article on the Psychology Today website which says if you want to be happy, make sure you keep your brain happy. Because being happy means more to your brain than you might imagine. It seems that the brain is primed to respond to pleasure in a way that reinforces pleasure, therefore it rewards happy thoughts. Every thought you have releases brain chemicals, so … [Read more...] about Happy thoughts, happy brain – is it that easy?