6 Ways to Improve Your Day

Good Day/Bad Day ‘Yesterday was not a good day. I know really, days are neither good or bad, it’s just our perception, but that’s how it felt. I had several unpleasant tasks to do, emails to write and I started the day ‘out of sorts’. Luckily I recognised the warning signs that I could, if not careful, talk myself into having a rotten day with mood to match. So I did what any sensible person...
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How do you feel about work?

Do you love your job? Being unemployed is no fun but is there much fun at work? Do you enjoy your job? Recently the Guardian newspaper did a survey of 500 of their readers and asked then whether they were happy at work. Only 38% said they were happy at work compared to the UK average of 40%. Less is More It seems that people working in small businesses where there are less than 10 people are the...
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Is the Happy Song Making Some People Unhappy?

Is the Happy Song Making Some People Unhappy? Round and round The first time I heard it, I loved it, and the second, third, fourth etc. but by the time I’d heard Pharell Williams’ ‘Happy Song’ for the hundredth and something time, it started to wear me down. It wasn’t because I had gone off the music, the lyrics or the sentiment, but because the tune would go round and rounds in my head for...
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When Dogs Get Impatient with Humans

Embarrassing Sometimes our pets embarrass us. When the Haddows’ left their dog Fern in the car whilst they went off to visit an art gallery, the boxer dog was not impressed. Well, she did give them 5 minutes but when they still hadn’t returned, she did beeped the horn. Maybe she thought it would have an instant effect and bring her owners running. When it didn’t work she didn’t give up, she just...
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When You’re Smiling

Have you ever thought about how strange smiling is? It’s an expression that can be used to display pleasure, happiness and amusement, but we can also smile when we are anxious, which may turn a smile into a grimace! Why we smile When we smile we convey to people how we are feeling and show others that we are friendly and approachable. By smiling, our ancestors could visibly demonstrate...
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‘Bring the Happy’ (with serotonin)

Bring the Happy ‘Bring the Happy’ is a collaboration between the band, ‘Hope & Social’ and ‘Invisible Flock’, an interactive arts company from Leeds. For over 2 years Invisible Flock have been collecting memories of happiness from people around the UK. First, they set up a base in an empty shop in the town centre and invite passers-by to share a happy memory on the basis of ‘what it...
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