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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88. Why Do You Do What You Do?

I'm on holiday at the moment, so I'm revisiting a tip from my archives, about purpose, because it never hurts to revisit purpose. There's a simple trick to life: know what you want, notice what you're getting, and simply adjust what you do until you get what you want. What could be easier? Well, in answer to that, it often feels easier just to pootle along. From that we get the superficial ease that comes from not having to make an effort. But just as there's no such thing as a free lunch, there's a price to be paid for this ease...... a deeper unease that comes from a vagueness of purpose and direction. Like many choices in life, this one is often unconscious - this week's tip aim

87. How to Make Friends With Happiness

We operate in our culture with a basic assumption, it is good to be happy. We are always trying to be happy. We may have different ways of striving for happiness - we eat to be happy, change partners to be happy, move jobs, go on holiday, watch television, drink, take drugs, meditate, go to therapy, buy things, try to make things go our way - but we all want to be happy. But do we really? This week's tip explores. It seems that if you turn on the television at any time of day or night, you can be confident of finding an episode of Friends. This is my daughters' idea of relaxation - apparently a spare half hour cannot be better spent than watching an episode of Friends for the tenth ti