The 8 Secrets of Happiness by MARTIN ROBINSON' 'PAUL J. GRIFFITHS

By MARTIN ROBINSON' 'PAUL J. GRIFFITHS

There are innumerable items that promise to make participants extra appealing, more fit, extra well known, and extra profitable. yet worldly possessions are by no means adequate for precise happiness: there is extra to it than having an outstanding activity, clothier outfits, a hectic social existence, or a fats financial institution stability. This insightful consultant unveils the 8 elements that psychologists have stumbled on as foundations of actual happiness, between them learning to forgive; making an investment time and effort in family and friends; and practising acts of kindness. In an age of extraordinary wealth that's coupled with unparalleled disappointment or even melancholy, this publication is a well timed wake-up call.

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In an attempt to help us live and appreciate the now, Dr David Thomas has suggested some simple exercises: • Take a moment to sit in a comfortable place and observe where you are. • Ask yourself what is it that you see and then describe the images around you. • Consider what sounds there are around you; can you smell different smells and if so which are pleasant and which not. • Tell yourself how the surfaces around you feel • Attempt to identify the tastes that are in your mouth. 63 The 8 Secrets of Happiness After we return On returning we can continue to draw joy from our break by facilitating acts of remembrance that reconnect us with it.

Kindness for him was a giving away of yourself to others that included the full use of your mind, will and emotion. What is more, kindness brings people into contact with the divine. Dr Jonathan Haidt’s pioneering work on what happens to those who witness someone else’s act of generosity reveals that they experience a sensation he terms 42 Practise acts of kindness ‘elevation’. It is a moment when they can experience a sense of awe as they observe that godlike quality in another human being. Haidt’s interest in this topic was awakened by earlier research he did on the phenomenon of disgust.

On how many occasions have you known a heightened awareness of an event that almost took you outside of yourself and caused you to be overwhelmed in and by that moment? ’ In finally understanding what their teacher was alluding to, many of the students acknowledged that they had only been truly alive for a few moments. Savouring opens the door to many more occasions when we are truly alive. It enables us to know what it means to be stilled by the emotion of awe, something that frequently comes with this quality.

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