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77. The Power of Life's Little Pleasures

Would you humour me by doing a little experiment? Here's a scale of 1 - 10. It's for you to measure your mood, right this minute. The bottom end, 0, is the worst you could ever feel, totally fed up, the world is bleak and there's little hope of improvement. The top end, 10, is feeling fantastic, optimistic, full of life. Where would you put yourself on that scale at this precise moment? 0 __________________________________________10 Now think of one thing in your life that is, shall we say, sub-optimal at the moment. Notice how you feel about it. More on this experiment later. The festivities over, the temperatures below freezing and the prospect of several more weeks of short

75. The World in a Tuna Sandwich

The Olympics are over and we must all turn back to normal life. If you haven't had a holiday yet, you may be feeling a bit jaded. This week's tip offers something to smile about. 'I think that the very purpose of life is to seek happiness' The Dalai Lama I was having a bad day at work yesterday. Feeling a bit tired and stressed, I took myself off to the staff canteen to buy some lunch, and then took myself and my lunch through the grounds and down to the lake. I sat on a bench beside the water and unwrapped my tuna and salad sandwich. A fountain splashed in the centre of the lake and a solitary coot paddled among the water lilies. I started to feel better.