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International Happiness Day: Go Out and Play

International Happiness Day: Go Out and Play

Children play. Nobody has to show them how to do it; they're just born knowing.  But as adults, we become so disconnected from it that we forget what it is and how to do it. Psychiatrist Stuart Brown, who founded the nonprofit organisation National Institute of Play in California, says: 'Play is an ancient, voluntary, inherently pleasurable, apparently purposeless activity or process that is undertaken for its own sake, and that strengthens our muscles and social skills, fertilises brain activity, tempers and deepens out emotions, take us out of time, and enables a...
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3 Simple Ways to Cultivate Happiness

3 Simple Ways to Cultivate Happiness

There's lots of advice on how to be happy nowadays. Be more purposeful. Be happy with where you are. Write a list of your dreams. Meditate more. Enjoy the journey. It's all good advice, most of it backed by solid research. But sometimes it seems like there are so many routes to happiness, it's hard to know which way to turn. Instead of getting on with it and just being happy, you spend too much time wondering if what you're doing is what you're supposed to be doing, if you're doing it properly and if you're doing enough of it. And then you...
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Compassion: Why Being Gentle to Yourself is the Foundation of happiness

Compassion: Why Being Gentle to Yourself is the Foundation of happiness

It took me a very long time to work out the difference between being kind to myself and actually being kind to myself. I used to think a long hot bath, a yoga class or a new pair of shoes would suffice to ease a low patch or quieten my noisy inner critic. These gestures may have helped a bit, but they remained just that – actions representing a kindness rather than actions that also felt kind to myself when I did them. I could practise yoga for an hour and still feel bad. I might even feel rubbish at yoga and leave a class feeling even worse. Learning to be truly kind,...
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