TIPS & REFLECTIONS

A series of short articles on everything, from practical ways of getting things done, to how to handle your feelings and find peace in a hectic world.

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29. Why Do You Work?

I've long been fascinated by the phenomenon of the rush hour, and to me, the most striking illustration of this is to watch people walk over London Bridge. Between eight and nine every weekday morning, thousands upon thousands of people, all dressed in suits, all carrying brief cases and umbrellas, walk northwards over the bridge from the railway station to the City. And between five and six in the evening, they all stream back again. For the most intelligent and self defining of species, it is a very humbling sight. So why do we behave in this predictable fashion? An obvious answer is "money," but wouldn't it be sad if that were the only reason? Slave or free agent? A slave is defined

28. Be Happier in Just 10 Minutes

There is one thing that human beings have in common, whatever our age, sex, ethnic origin, intelligence, social class, job, wealth - we are all trying to be happy. You would have thought that after all these generations of humans we would have become better at it, but the self help industry is testament to the fact that for most of us it is definitely 'work in progress.' The main obstacle to being happy seems to be that our ideas as to what will make us happy are largely inaccurate. This week's tip invites you to find out what actually works - for you. We are all prone to thinking that if only we had this partner, or that job, or this amount of money, or that car, we would be happy. It