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The 2014 Happy List

I have just realised that I have made a huge omission on my blog this year. I forgot to publish The Independent on Sunday Happy List for 2014.  It is a wonderful list which has been established as an antidote to the rich lists and celebrity lists who usually feature in the press. Instead it is a list of people who give back and make a difference to others.  People who realise that other people matter.

You can read the full article and see pictures of all the inspiring people included on the list here. I am now going to put a note in my diary every year to look out for this list as it shouldn’t be missed. Let’s celebrate people who make the world a better place rather than people who happen to be rich or famous.

This is what the Independent on Sunday has to say about the Happy List:

This year, the Happy List includes: a 93-year-old who has raised more than £100,000 for Age UK by dressing as a bee; a teacher who donated a kidney to one of his pupils; the world’s

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21 Habits of Supremely Happy People

This article by  which was published in The Huffington Post on 16th September is a great summary of some happiness habits which are definitely worth acquiring.  Enjoy!

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Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.

In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill your life with as many pleasures as you can, the life of engagement, where you find a life in your work, parenting, love and leisure and the meaningful life, which “consists of knowing what your highest strengths are, and using them to belong to and in the service of something larger than you are.”

After exploring what accounts for ultimate satisfaction, Seligman says he was surprised. The pursuit of pleasure, research determined, has hardly any contribution

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The Happy List 2013

Hot off the press! The Independent on Sunday has published its annual Happy List (as an antidote to The Times Rich List which was published last Sunday). Have a read of this inspiring list of people and decide which list you would rather appear in. I know which one I’d choose.

The Independent on Sunday Happy List 2013

It’s back! Our antidote to those greed-is-good rich lists returns for a sixth successful year. On the next pages Jemma Crew names 100 inspiring people who have selflessly enriched the lives of others in the past year

Today, The Independent on Sunday publishes its sixth annual Happy List, naming 100 outstanding people whose volunteering, caring, fundraising, mentoring, charity founding or selflessness makes Britain a more contented, supportive, better-adjusted and happier place.

They include the couple who have welcomed more than 1,000 troubled young men into their home; the woman who has raised £1m for cancer sufferers

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Pay it forward with coffee

Like many people I am a big fan of the film Pay It Forward featuring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt.  One of the teachings of positive psychology is that doing something to help someone else is a sure fire way to increase our own happiness.  Danny Wallace’s funny book Random Acts of Kindness also focuses on how by helping others we actually help ourselves too.

It was therefore with great interest that I read this article in the Independent yesterday, as someone addicted to coffee I cannot imagine a life without it (sad I know) so the idea of sharing coffee via the “suspended coffee” idea immediately caught my attention.  Have a read of the article and let me know what you think.  I think it is a stroke of genius but as someone who needs a daily caffeine hit I’m bound to think that.

Critics of the scheme such as Laura Northrup of The Consumerist argue against the difficulty in administering the idea and asks if people are means-tested… Read the rest...

How many real friends do you have?

This article by Lisa Sansom, published in Positive Psychology News Daily, looks at the significance of friendships to our well-being.  In these times of hyperconnectedness in Social Media we tend to forget what a real friend is.  How many of your “friends” on Facebook can you really count on in your hour of need?  Professor Richard Wiseman also argues in his book The Luck Factor that your level of connectedness not only affects your well being but also the amount of “luck” you experience in your life.  Lisa and Richard just might be on to something, take a read of Lisa’s article and decide what you think.


Real People = Real Connections = Real Well-Being

A few weeks ago, I received a message in my LinkedIn mailbox. The sender indicated that she was looking for someone to fill a rather substantial contract position, and would I please come and talk with her about it. I didn’t know this person directly, … Read the rest...