What if you lost the things you take for granted?

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. Epicurus I have recently discovered stoic philosophy. In my 20’s,  just the word philosophy would have been enough to make me roll my eyes and, although I’m finding…

Do you agree with this statement about happiness?

A happy life isn’t a problem free or perfect life. It might not even be a particularly good life by western standards. A happy life is simply one where all parts of it are accepted and no pretence has to be made in order for the person to experience mental tranquility. This sentence is in…

Are we comfortable or are we stuck?

I used to use mottos like this one. After all, what’s the point if you can’t enjoy a glass of wine and a piece of cake, right? The trouble is, for me, those things cost me far more happiness than they ever brought. I wanted to enjoy them but they were a source of anxiety…

How to think positively when you don’t feel positive (Podcast)

We know there is benefit in positive thinking but what if you’re just not up to it right now? Are you doomed to a life of dissatisfaction and discontent? No. But negative thinking pretty much guarantees it. This post is about shaping your thinking to be ‘productive’, rather than labelling it as ‘positive’ or ‘negative’….

The ‘seasons’ of happiness (Podcast)

Summer, autumn, winter, spring. They are finite and marked by predictable changes. One of the things I’ve noticed as I’ve delved deeper into the world of happiness and what creates it is that many people think it’s about a ‘year-round summer’. Thinking this way creates massive pressure to keep the good times – the summers…

Happiness and Your Brain

Podcast Episode 25. Listen Here. Philosophers have been trying to answer the “What is Happiness?” question for millennia. It’s not a simple question. Back in Episode 2 I looked at the experience of happiness and whether we experience it more through pleasure or more through meaning. In this episode, I look at the brain chemicals associated…

I have a question.

When you think about happiness and life satisfaction, what would you love to know more about and what do you want to be able to do? My research into happiness so far has led me to uncover some interesting information. 40% of our happiness is determined by our actions 10% of our happiness is determined…