The Beeb – How to Make Life Happier

kinnon —  December 7, 2005 — 2 Comments

UK experts believe they’ve found essential ingredients to make life happier

The illustrious and dashing Darryl pointed to this BBC Story:

In an unusual three-month experiment, six specialists from a variety of disciplines worked to improve the happiness levels of a typical UK town. The experts tried and tested 10 simple measures in the quest for happiness.

  • Plant something and nurture it
  • Count your blessings – at least five – at the end of each day
  • Take time to talk – have an hour-long conversation with a loved one each week
  • Phone a friend whom you have not spoken to for a while and arrange to meet up
  • Give yourself a treat every day and take the time to really enjoy it
  • Have a good laugh at least once a day
  • Get physical – exercise for half an hour three times a week
  • Smile at and/or say hello to a stranger at least once each day
  • Cut your TV viewing by half
  • Spread some kindness – do a good turn for someone every day

Of course, in England I’d be tempted to add an eleventh:

  • Move some place where it doesn’t rain all the time.

(Note: The “pull quote” technique used in the upper right of the post was learned from the Slacker Manager.)

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

2 responses to The Beeb – How to Make Life Happier

  1. Nice pull quote! 🙂

  2. Indeed! It only took me about five tries in ecto to get it right. Thanks for the edumacation.


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