Thursday, 31 December 2015


Happiness appears to be connected to seven things: relationships, contentment, security and money, health, transcendence and fulfilment. 

Despite everything research suggests that we are no happier now than we were 50 years ago. In his book 'Authentic Happiness' Martin Seligman argues that happiness is not the result of good genes or good luck and that we can teach people to be happy by cultivating and using many of the strengths and traits colleagues possess including kindness, originality, humour, optimism and generosity. By identifying the very best in ourselves Seligman argues that we can improve the world around us and achieve new and sustainable levels of commitment, contentment and meaning.

I have always been interested in happiness and I am more and more convinced that the seven things we all need to do to be happy are:
  • exercise regularly;
  • get mental stimulation;
  • get artistic stimulation;
  • do a good turn every day;
  • do something with a friend;
  • give yourself a treat;
  • celebrate your achievements.

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