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Happiness Experiment No 14: Improve your luck

Professor Richard Wiseman’s research into the science of luck has demonstrated that good luck is not just something enjoyed by the lucky few but a skill which can be mastered easily. His book The Luck Factor shows that lucky people have 4 traits in common and these can be learned by anyone.  Happiness Experiment no 14 is, therefore, to work at improving your luck – you may be missing out on opportunities you were not aware of.

1. Maximize Chance Opportunities

Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing, and acting upon chance opportunities. They do this in various ways, which include building and maintaining a strong network, adopting a relaxed attitude to life, and being open to new experiences.

2. Listen to Your Lucky Hunches

Lucky people make effective decisions by listening to their intuition and gut feelings. They also take steps to actively boost their intuitive abilities — for example, by meditating and clearing their… Read the rest...

Happiness Experiment No 25: Relive Happy Memories

I have just returned from a wonderful summer holiday in the USA and have lots of happy memories to sustain me for the future.  Research has shown that reliving happy memories is a great boost to your current happiness levels.  You don’t need to go away on holiday to benefit from this as we are creating memories every day of your life.  Happiness Experiment no 25 asks you to think of a happy memory from yesterday and relive it. This short video by Professor Richard Wiseman explains how this works:

Posted by Shona Lockhart on 26th August 2013


Happiness Experiment No 17: Act As If

Happiness Experiment no 17 is: Act As If you are happy.  It sound like a very simple idea but it is surprisingly effective. Professor Richard Wiseman explains the As if Principle in more detail in his latest book Rip It Up. You can get a quick demonstration of how tiny changes in behaviour can make a huge difference to your happiness by watching this short Cognitive Media video:

Why not experiment with the As If principle and let me know how you get on?

Posted by Shona Lockhart on 2nd July 2013


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...

Six Habits of Highly Empathic People

Last night I listened to the RSA debate with Professor Richard Wiseman and Andrew Parks from Cognitive Media who had worked together on a short animated video to promote Richard’s new book Rip it Up. They discussed the power of animated videos to help get a message across and Richard’s research with the video proved that information recall is improved by 15% thanks to the power of the visual information in animated format.   Roman Krznaric was in the audience and he spoke about the experience of working with Cognitive Media to distill his ideas in to a 10 minute video.  As the subject of this new RSA video, which was shown for the first time yesterday, is empathy I thought it was an important video to share on The Happiness Experiment blog.

RSA Animate – The Power of Outrospection



Roman Krznaric published this article on the Greater Good blog and I thought it was also worth sharing:

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Three cheerful reasons to visit Todmorden

1000 places to see before you die, Taj Mahal

1000 places to see before you die

Isn’t it funny how you can go through life blissfully unaware of certain places until suddenly a name keeps popping up again and again and you move from a state of complete oblivion to gradual awareness of that place’s charms and then to a sudden overwhelming compulsion to visit that particular destination as soon as you can?  Just six months ago Todmorden would not have been on my list of 1000 places to see before you die, not that I’m planning to die any time soon. Todmorden is not exactly up there with the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China or other places which are considered by many to be one of the 7 Wonders of the World. So what has fuelled my sudden desire to visit Todmorden?

Todmorden – a Yorkshire Town

The first reason is a personal one – it’s in Yorkshire and my husband who is from Yorkshire tells me Yorkshire’s hard to beat. The other two reasons stem… Read the rest...

Self help: forget positive thinking, try positive action

Self help: forget positive thinking, try positive action

The self-help industry is mired in ideas about positive thinking that are at best ineffective and at worst destructive. If you want to be more confident or successful, says Richard Wiseman, the best thing to do is act the part.

self-help graphic

For years self-help gurus have preached the same simple mantra: if you want to improve your life then you need to change how you think. Force yourself to have positive thoughts and you will become happier. Visualise your dream self and you will enjoy increased success. Think like a millionaire and you will magically grow rich. In principle, this idea sounds perfectly reasonable. However, in practice it often proves ineffective.


Rip It Up: The radically new approach to changing your life: The Simple Idea That Changes Everything
  1. Tell us what you think: 

Take visualisation. Hundreds of self-improvement books encourage readers to close their eyes and imagine

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