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How to practise Niksen: the art of doing nothing

What exactly is Niksen, the Danish art of doing nothing? Dee Marques takes up the arduous challenge of, well, sitting and doing very little at all,

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The Bright Side: feel-good news from March

There have been plenty of feel-good health and environmental stories in the press during March. Ed Gould rounds up his Top Ten from the past month to

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Preparing for death: what really matters at the end of life

Death is unavoidable, so why is it still taboo? And why do we not prepare for end of life better? Ed Gould looks at why planning for our passing

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The 5 best happiness apps to improve well-being

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Which are the best happiness apps out there on the market? Rae Bathgate selects the top five that you'll want to ring home about.
 
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Why the world needs an empathy revolution

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A new book explains how we can learn empathy and have better social interactions. By Jill Suttie on behalf of the Greater Good Science Center.
 
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The Bright Side: positive news from March

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As winter turns to spring, new hope can start to emerge in all sorts of ways. And in March there were plenty of feel good news stories in the media. Ed Gould shares his Top Ten.
 
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Join the happiness.com community as a beta tester!

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happiness.com is a new community, magazine and academy focusing on happiness and well-being. Join us as a beta tester and bag some free online courses at the same time. 
 
Here at

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The Bright Side: positive news from February

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February may be the shortest month, but it wasn't short of positive news stories. From a smart new way to reuse plastic bags to mindfulness classes in schools, here's the Top 10 happy news

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Tara Brach: psychologist, meditation author and teacher

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Who exactly is Tara Brach? Ed Gould takes an in-depth look at the career of this respected writer, psychologist, spiritual teacher and meditation and mindfulness expert.
 
With a PhD

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The Bright Side: positive news from January

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Positivity can often seem in short supply during the New Year and winter, but January was actually full of great news. Here's our regular Top 10 positive story round-up from Ed

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The Bright Side: positive news from December

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The final month of the year is a time for happiness, hope and reflection on the 12 months that have just passed. In his final installment for the year, here are Ed Gould's Top 10 positive news

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Social justice isn't just for super heroes

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Poverty, hunger, homelessness: human injustice is ever-present throughout the word, but what can we do about it? Sienna Saint-Cyr takes a looks at social justice...
 
You don't need

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The Bright Side: positive news from November

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In November, the media was focused on political turmoil, but it was actually a great month for positive news stories. Here's Ed Gould's round-up of the ten best, full of messages of hope and

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The Bright Side: positive news from October

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October may mark the mid-point between summer and winter, but it remains a good one from the point of view of positive news. This October saw many new stories that were full of hope and happiness:

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The Bright Side: positive news from September

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September was a great month for positive, uplifting news. Ed Gould shares the top ten news stories that you may have missed, to help bring some hope and a smile to your face...
 
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The Bright Side: positive news from August

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Members of the press often refer to August as 'silly season' as there tends to be fewer items that are seen as being genuinely newsworthy. As such, 'silly' stories get more coverage. However, there

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Sri Mooji’s Guidance on Self-Inquiry

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Mooji is a renowned spiritual teacher who is of the Advaita non-duality tradition. Here, he offers two simple yet potent exercises about self-inquiry that help us look and discover our true nature:

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The Bright Side of May: the Good Things That Happened

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Positive news and happiness are so often missing from the mainstream news agendum and May is certainly no different. However, in fact, the month was full of optimistic news stories. Here's Ed Gould's

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Wired to Create: 10 things great artists do differently

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The authors of a new book, Wired to Create, explore the depths of the creative mind and offer ideas on how to kick-start your own creativity. From daydreaming to having a natural curiosity, here are

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Thích Nhất Hạnh: his life in quotes and teachings

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As one of the most important figures in the fields of mindfulness, meditation and Zen Buddhism, Thích Nhất Hạnh has had a major influence around the world. We share some of his best quotes and take a

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Ikigai: what is it and how to find it

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Ikigai (pronounced Ick-ee-guy) is a concept originating from the Japanese island of Okinawa, home to the largest population of centenarians in the world. So, could finding our ikigai – our reason for

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Spending money: how to buy yourself a happier life

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Ever get a rush of happiness when spending money only to crash later? Our spending habits – particularly balancing our 'needs' with our 'wants' – affect our mental health and happiness. So, next time

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Does feel good news make us happier?

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The modern media are reporting more feel good news stories than ever. And reading positive news is scientifically proven to lift your spirits.
 
Happiness is an essential part of

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The Bright Side of July: the Good Things That Happened

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Happiness, hope and positive news may seem to have been in short supply during the month of July, when so many negative news items were presented. In fact, July was a great month for positivity and

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What if we used cutting edge technology for social impact?

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Corey Harnish investigates how new technologies – specifically blockchain – could help the not-for-profit sector create greater impact.
 
Have you heard of 'blockchain'? If not, I'm

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The Bright Side of April: the Good Things That Happened

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April is a month that heralds the coming of new growth and development. Full of hope, the month still had its fair share of downbeat news stories. So, what were the positive news that made the front

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Sustainable Development Goals: what are they?

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Sustainable development goals aim to improve the living conditions, health, education, work conditions and ecosystems of the planet both on land and at sea. But, as Ed Gould asks, what are they and

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Landscape of dreams: poem and mandala

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Laura Aleksandra created this fantastic poem, 'Landscape of Dreams', and the beautiful beach mandala you can see in the image above. We hope you enjoy it. 
 
 
“I play out a role

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