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What makes us truly happy?

As today is the UN International Day of Happiness, I have spent more time than usual pondering my favourite subject - happiness. If you're looking for a quick fix, silver bullet or the route to happiness in three easy steps, I'm afraid you've come to the wrong place, but if you'd like to know what makes me a generally happy person, please read on.

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Navigating life. Finding happiness.

In my mission to play my part in making the world a happier place, I spend a considerable amount of time contemplating the human condition and particularly why oh why so many people seem to be living in a state of denial and avoidance.

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The Myth of Multitasking

Technology is meant to make our lives easier; indeed. It enables us to complete tasks with greater speed and efficiency. It is remarkable how the devices we use in our daily lives can complete all manner of different tasks simultaneously and this sort of multitasking is a good thing. However, us human folk are not computers and our brains are not meant to multitask when it comes to cognition and action.

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If not now, when?

Although I love to write and speak about the stuff I feel passionate about, I am highly unsociable, a loner and if left to my own devices, could easily become a hermit without even realising it. In one of our weekly marathon work-life-and-the-kitchen-sink phone calls, my fellow hermit to be @smiffy informed me that I was an introvert pretending to be an extrovert and promptly despatched the link to an article in Scientific American entitled The Power of Introverts that outlined the whys and wherefores. Indeed, Matt was right, and as I can never leave well enough alone, I refined this to assert that I was 85% introvert and 15% extrovert, but this is just semantics.

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Parents, children, life, love, self-esteem and confidence

Life for most people is just downright complicated, but it doesn't start out this way: as small children life is pretty uncomplicated. We begin life with no responsibilities and are afforded the freedom to approach all that we encounter with an open and seemingly reckless abandon, to learn and grow with boundless curiosity, hope and anticipation.

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Closure and forgiveness: thoughts on the human condition

Wherever we find ourselves in our lives, at whatever point in time that it may be, we are always the sum of our experiences. Since people are not perfect, that sum will be made up of lots of different things. What is important, if we are to learn, to grow and to ultimately find what we are all looking for - the freedom to live in peace and happiness - is to take time to reflect now and then, in order to make sure that we are becoming the people we want to be and that our lives are on the right paths.

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Legislation, schmegislation - don’t tell them, teach them

Don’t get me wrong, I am more than delighted that so many countries around the world have laws in place protecting human rights and promoting the equal treatment of such a wide variety of minority groups, but despite all of this legislation and the requirements for people and organisations to comply with them, we still seem to be falling considerably short in reality.

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Move over disability discrimination. I am coming and I am not going away

A few weeks ago, two comments left on one of my posts really hit home. They both felt that in my writing this blog, I have an opportunity to raise awareness about disability. Boy do I ever feel that, and I will take it one step further - it is my responsibility and my moral obligation. I was not given such a big gob, dogged determination and so many opinions for nothing.

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