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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...

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...