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For those of you who've been around The Happiness Institute for a while you'll be familiar with this but for those of you who're new, give the following some consideration as you plan for a happy and healthy year in 2007. At The Happiness Institute...

Here at The Happiness Institute we're thinking of creating a new 'strap-line", something that goes after our name and explains to people who we are and what we do. At the moment, we're thinking about: Happiness - Learn it, Live it, Share it! What do you think?...

Another article I read the other day while holidaying reflected on the most important components of success and wealth. Among other things, it highlighted the importance of being happy for being successful. In short, one of the recommendations made for those wanting to create...

In today's "Perspective" section of the Australian Financial Review Deirdre Macken writes about "The Art of Happiness" - or the gospel according to the happiness gurus. In short, she summarises seven key constructs each of which enhance happiness. These include: - Gratitude - Love -...

Over the last week I've been spending some well earned time with my family - mostly doing nothing much but walking, swimming, reading and playing games. It's been great, but I've also noticed (especially in the first few days) how hard it is to...

New research suggests that holding hands with your spouse reduces stress and enhances happiness. Wives in happy marraiges experience fewer negative emotions while holding hands with their partners. Click here for more happiness news. So check out this fascinating research into happiness and...

I went on a beautiful environment walk with my family the other day and when we finished up, the guide asked the children what they'd learned. After hearing a number of wonderfully entertaining and educational stories about the fascinating flora and fauna, and after...

I've been writing and saying "Happy New Year" a lot lately but have only recently reflected on what this might really mean. I'm sure it means different things for different people but having given it a little thought over the last week or so I...

Other myths and truths: Myth: If I could just turn all these decisions over to someone else, life would be better. Truth: Control makes us happy. Myth: Religious people are happier. Truth: Here the myth is probably true - religious people are happier (or at least those...