Category Archives: Happiness

Moments of euphoric forgetfulness

Robert Franks, author of the best seller Luxury Fever: Why Money Fails to Satisfy in an Era of Excess, claims that what we sometimes call ‘retail therapy’ doesn’t work. Decades of rapidly increasing affluence and the ‘shop til you drop’ … Continue reading

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Happiness is like a butterfly.

Happiness is all about keeping things in balance. The Bible says: ‘Give me neither poverty nor riches, just give me as much as I need.’ It’s realizing when enough is enough. Anything more is great if you receive it, but … Continue reading

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The factors which contribute most to emotional stability

Duke University’s landmark study on peace of mind found that the factors which contribute most to emotional stability are: the absence of resentment, not living in the past, not wasting energy fighting things you cannot change, cooperating with life instead … Continue reading

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‘How much do you need to be happy?’

A survey of New Year’s resolutions discovered that of people with above average incomes: thirty three percent want to retire before age sixty five: twenty two percent want to get out of credit card debt: fifteen percent want to make … Continue reading

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Broken hearted clowns

A man suffering from chronic depression once visited the famous English physician Doctor John Abernethy, who prescribed a visit to the London playhouse to hear the comedian Grimaldi: ‘He’ll do you more good than any drugs,’ he said. The patient … Continue reading

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The happiness that makes life complete

The ancient Greeks used to call the island of Cyprus: ‘the Blessed Isle.’ They considered everything about it to be ideal, its climate, fertility, its beauty, the taste of its wine and so on. They believed Cyprus had everything in … Continue reading

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Unhappier, despite being richer

In his book, ‘Britain on the Couch: Why we are unhappier Compared with Nineteen Fifty, Despite Being Richer,’ psychologist Oliver James points out that considerably more people today suffer from depression than fifty years ago and that depression is now … Continue reading

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