December 2006

Many years ago I remember being fascinated and stimulated by the writings of Ayn Rand (author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged). Just today, I stumbled across the website of the Ayn Rand Institute and found the following quote attributed to Ayn Rand: "My...

Every New Years Eve millions of people make resolutions to be fitter, thinner, richer, happier or something else-ier! In the majority of cases these resolutions end up being nothing but...

I found this interesting article in the China Daily referring to some new research about to be published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). It refers to the link between expectations and happiness. It's only short so if you'd like to read more...

Is there any necessary connection between our actions and the happiness of others? Disregarding for a moment the murkiness of the definitions of "actions" in philosophical literature - two types of answers were hitherto provided. I'm not sure I fully understand all of this interesting article...

Happiness is waking up each morning - because its far better than the alternative! I've just started spending the first few minutes of every day, when I first open my eyes and while I lie in bed, focusing on a few things for which I'm thankful....

Although recent changes to the industrial relations' laws have attracted much attention during the last 12 months or so an independent research study suggests that employee happiness (and engagement) is the biggest issue facing employers. The researchers state that "most employers are not demonstrating the...

In Australia, the Christmas/New Year period is a time of year when many people have their major holiday. And many of these people look forward to these few weeks as the answer to all their problems. No work for a while; no stress;...

Many of you reading this probably received (and gave) a number of gifts during the last week - and I hope you enjoyed both the giving and the receiving. But at the risk of sounding like a spoil-sport, can happiness really be found in...

At this time of year many people set goals in the realm of health and fitness (i.e. losing weight, running more etc.). But are we really in the pursuit of fitness or are we in the pursuit of happiness through fitness? What kind...

While on holidays recently I read a nice little book by Mitch Albom (author of bestsellers including Tuesdays with Morrie and the The Five People YouMeet in Heaven) called "For one more day". I won't spoil it for those of you who want to read...