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Happiness Experiment No 26: Choose happiness

I was in New York for the first time this summer and although I searched at Grand Central Station I never managed to meet this great happiness teacher called “Prophet” featured recently on The Laughter Business blog. We could all learn a lot from his attitude. Happiness Experiment No 26 asks you to choose happiness. Watch this great video and give it a try.

Video: Want to know the secret of happiness?


Posted by Shona Lockhart on 2nd September 2013

The Happiness Experiment Bookshelf (Part 2)

At the end of 2013 I will compile a list of my Top 20 favourite books this year. This is the second blog post on The Happiness Experiment Bookshelf with some more books which I have enjoyed so far this year. Here’s a link to the books which made it on to my 2012 bookshelf. There are already some strong contenders for the 2013 Top 20 so I know it will be a difficult choice.  Some of the books are newly published, some are just new to me. Please let me know if you would recommend any other books for this list. Here is a link to part 1 of this bookshelf blog post.


6. Happy Money

I reviewed Happy Money in a previous blog post which you can read here.  It is an interesting read which looks at ways to increase your happiness by spending your hard earned cash wisely.


7. Choose the Life you want


Tal Ben Shahar has written many books on the subject of happiness and in his latest book he looks at 101 ways to create your route to happiness . In his latest… 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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Change destined to fail? Not Necessarily

Change Destined to Fail? Not Necessarily

Article by Steve Safigan, published in Positive Psychology News on 5th January 2012

We traditionally try to make changes at the beginning of the year when New Year’s resolutions abound.  As I mentioned in my first post I made a resolution back in January to have the Happiness Experiment blog live by the end of the month and it took me until May to bring this to fruition.  I feel fine about this as I got there in the end and I am now happy to have the opportunity to share articles on the subject of positive psychology and happiness with my readers.  The fact is that change need not just be restricted to January, change can happen at any time to the year and it’s never too late to achieve your New Year’s resolutions. With this thought in mind, please take a few minutes to read this article written by Steve Safigan back in January at the traditional time of New Year’s resolutions. The articles

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Happiness Experiment No 2: Three Good Things

Find 3 Good Things

It is the start of a long bank holiday weekend and everyone is in a good mood so it seems like an opportune moment to introduce the second in our series of Happy Experiments: The 3 Good Things experiment.  

Over the next few days The Happiness Experiment will start to focus on things we may need to change to make ourselves happier but before doing this let’s focus on things that we can be grateful for right now before we make any changes.  Scientific experiments have proven that people who are grateful are generally happier, healthier and lead more fulfilling lives. Being grateful can help you cope with stress and can even have a benficial effect on your heart rate.  This experiment is so easy to try but it has great benefits. Practising the 3 Good Things Experiment is now as much a habit for me as brushing my teeth.  In tests, people who tried this experiment every night for just one week were happier and less depressed one month,… Read the rest...

The Happiness Experiment – A Thirty Day Challenge



Anyone who is interested in increasing their happiness levels will inevitably be introducing some level of change in their lives.  The last thirty days, during which I have taken part in the 30 Day Challenge programme with the Screw Work Let’s Play team, John Williams and Selina Barker, have brought about a significant change in my life with the launch of my new positive psychology blog – The Happiness Experiment. My first step towards encouraging other people to find ways to increase their happiness was to focus on creating my own forum for sharing ideas and experiments.  I have been been amazed how far I have come in the last 30 days, with a new blog set up and functioning and new Twitter and Facebook accounts in place to spread the word.  I have an exciting 3 month plan of blog posts which I am really looking forward to share and although the design and layout of the blog is far from perfect I have acheived something in 30… Read the rest...

Wish yourself a happy New Year at any time of the year

Like many people I started the year with many good intentions and quickly found that life got in the way.  I wrote this article at the beginning of 2012 with the aim of featuring it in my brand new blog about positive psychology, which I had great intentions of setting up in January. We are now in May and thanks to my decision to sign up for the Thirty Day Challenge with http://www.screwworkletsplay.com/  I have finally set up my blog The Happiness Experiment. It is never too late to have a happy New Year and it is never too soon to start your own journey to happiness.  This article shares some insight in to my own personal journey to happiness and future articles will share some more of the lessons I have learned along the way.  I continue to experiment daily with the lessons of positive psychology and would encourage you to try some experiments too. We are all responsible for our own happiness and like me you have the ability to significantly increase… Read the rest...