Happiness Life Strategy: Consciously look for laughs

If you need a little refresher on technique, Mary Poppins and friends have some notes We all love to laugh (er, don’t we?). But ever since Norman Cousins extolled the therapeutic benefits of Marx Brothers-induced giggles, laughter has been lauded for its healthful effects as well as its pleasurable sensations. According to the latest Fitness… Continue reading Happiness Life Strategy: Consciously look for laughs

Happiness Life Strategy: Become ‘irresistibly attractive’

Thomas Leonard, considered by many to be the father of life coaching, coined the term ‘irresistibly attractive’ to describe the drawing of people, ideas and opportunities to you rather than the pursuit or seduction of these things by you. Here are his top 10 steps to becoming irresistibly attractive, reproduced verbatim from http://www.topten.org/public/BK/BK2.html The Top… Continue reading Happiness Life Strategy: Become ‘irresistibly attractive’

Happiness Life Strategy: Don’t be pigeon-holed by your ‘personality’

A recent article in London’s Telegraph (via SMH) quoted research that a person’s birth date can influence their personality. Now before you run screaming for astrology.com, please note that Richard Wiseman, psych professor at Hertfordshire Uni, observes in the article that these findings are ‘exactly what you would expect if it were temperature related… many… Continue reading Happiness Life Strategy: Don’t be pigeon-holed by your ‘personality’

Happiness Life Strategy: Don’t drown your sorrows – it’ll just make you sad

If you think alcohol is a good way to feel good when things go bad, think again. A recent SMH article shed light on liquor’s little secret – it can lead to depression. ‘Compared to people who drink because they’re depressed, there are more people who get depressed because they regularly drink too much’, says… Continue reading Happiness Life Strategy: Don’t drown your sorrows – it’ll just make you sad

Happiness Life Strategy: Recognize that most of your problems are first-world problems

Teenage affluenza is spreading fast This video has done the rounds, but it’s well worth revisiting, even at more than 5 minutes. If you haven’t seen it, please do – your time and attention will be rewarded. It brilliantly highlights the effect comparison has on how we see our lives. If we compare our bodies… Continue reading Happiness Life Strategy: Recognize that most of your problems are first-world problems

Happiness Life Strategy: Remembering the roses on your thorn-bush

Only last Tuesday I was savoring the joy of getting jiggy with Ziggy (my black iPod Video 30) on this blog. But as of yesterday, he is no more. l often listened to Ziggy while doing chores, tucking him into my shoulder strap if I didn’t have a pocket. You can see where this is… Continue reading Happiness Life Strategy: Remembering the roses on your thorn-bush

Happiness Life Strategy: How to find your passion #3

When I finally got up the nerve to leave corporate life it was like finding the off-switch on a perpetually-talkback-tuned radio. Realizing I could have silenced the maddening demagogue and his band of yokels all along was a shock – I’d become so blinded by the daily scramble of desperate deadlines, so trapped into thinking… Continue reading Happiness Life Strategy: How to find your passion #3

Happiness Life Strategy: How NOT to find your lost weight

The November 2007 issue of Australian Women’s Health magazine looks at the strategies of that rare breed of weight-loser – the one who keeps it off. The findings are from the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), which has more than 6000 members who’ve managed to misplace at least 14kg without finding them again. Founders of… Continue reading Happiness Life Strategy: How NOT to find your lost weight

Happiness Life Strategy: How to find your passion #2

If Monday’s post got you considering your own calling, you may be interested in this week’s TIME magazine article Happiness on the job, which asks the question: Which jobs make people happy? The answer, it seems, is not necessarily the best-paid ones. According to the article: – Americans are reasonably happy workers. About 90% rate… Continue reading Happiness Life Strategy: How to find your passion #2

Happiness Life Strategy: How to find your passion

Looking back, there have been clues that I didn’t choose my ideal career. The fact that I was roused from a deep sleep (not study-induced) by an invigilator during a microeconomics exam should have been the first indicator that commerce may not have been my true love. Determined to make my way in the world,… Continue reading Happiness Life Strategy: How to find your passion