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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...

Myth: Some people are just born happy. Truth: Apparently so. The myth is (partly) true. Stossel cites a case of identical twins, separated at birth by adoption. Yet, they both have the same tendencies to laugh and giggle and all the same happiness hallmarks. This...

I found this interesting article on the net a few weeks ago and thought I'd share it with you in installments. Myth: Money buys happiness. Truth: Of course, if you don't have enough money to buy the necessities of life, you're not even going to...

I've had, recently, one of the more stressful weeks in my professional life and I have, as a result, had the opportunity to practice what I preach to others! Although nothing too terrible has occured I've certainly had to deal with some events I'd rather not...

For decades, a widely accepted view has been that people are stuck with a basic setting on their happiness thermostat. It says the effects of good or bad life events like marriage, a raise, divorce, or disability will simply fade with time. But recent long-term...

There's been a lot of talk and media coverage in recent weeks surrounding Ian Thorpe's decision to retire from swimming. I don't like to think that he's "quit" swimming because someone who's achieved as much as he's achieved (multiple world records, Olympic Gold Medals etc)...

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln This great quote summarises so succinctly and effectively the extent to which our happiness is up to us. So decide how happy you want to be, work out...