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Fixin' Healthcare

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The Quest for Happiness

Six specialists including a psychologist, psychotherapist, work place specialist and social entrepreneur with expertise spanning philosophy, public policy and economics conducted a three month experiment to improve happiness levels of a town in Great Britian. The intent was to instill 10 steps to happiness with fifty volunteers who spread this to others in a ripple effect. The 10 steps to happiness are based upon best knowledge and research.
  • Plant something and nuture it
  • Count your blessings - at least five - at the end of each day
  • Take time to talk - have an hour-long conversation with a loved one each week
  • Phone a friend whom you have not spoken to for a while and arrange to meet up
  • Give yourself a treat every day and take time to really enjoy it
  • Have a good laugh at least once a day
  • Get physical - exercise for half an hour three times a week
  • Smile at and/or say hello to a stranger at least once each day
  • Cut your TV viewing by half
  • Spread some kindness - do a good turn for someone every day

The results will be reported in a documentary series on BBC Television.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/health/4436482.stm

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