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28 November 2008 @ 12:52 pm
Five-a-Day Recipe for Happiness  

Did anyone listen to All in the Mind where Dr Sam Thompson from the think-tank the New Economics Foundation outlined his 5-a-day recipe for happiness that doesn't involve much spending.

Connect with other people
Be active.
Be aware of surroundings, take note and savour the moment,
Keep learning and challenging yourself,
Give something back.

Sounds good to me.

fenjer: hellfenjer on November 28th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
but what if you *want* to spend?

I could find a way to get spending into every one of those topics...
slw2004slw2004 on November 28th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
So could I.
El Estuche: Kim Beom KUSSczarny on November 28th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Me too =/

Self-help gurus scare me anyway. They have that suicide cult vibe about them.

No offence to anyone that may have potentially caused offence to.
Perfidious Albionmatttt on November 28th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
... then you've answered your own question!
ijournalerijournaler on December 1st, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
It's probably most consoling for those who can't spend, even though they'd like to.
slw2004: marie of romaniaslw2004 on November 28th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
'much' How much is much? To you 'much' may be quite different to me.

How do you connect with people without spending 'much' money? Unless they live next door or with you you are either going to have to travel to them, thus spending money unless you walk and then they need to be in walking distance, use a phone or the internet, and pay for the service. If you connect with them by going out somewhere or doing something you'll probably have to pay there too. Dinner out is expensive, or at least too expensive for me to do very often, as is going to a pub. Even buying the food in to entertain other people at times seems too expensive on my budget.

Being active, if you're not going to spend money, must mean that you can't be using a gym or going to a class or something like that so it would have to be something that you could do in the house and without equipment. Even running you would need good shoes for that and they can be expensive. Again, how much is 'much'? And learning, how do you learn without spending money. Classes cost. Books cost. Internet costs. Tv costs.

Everything costs.
ijournalerijournaler on December 2nd, 2008 09:20 am (UTC)
I see you've thought about this. I'm an older person and it strikes me this advice was easier to follow years ago when people met up more in town. They often shopped at local markets and had a cup of tea in cheap popular cafes where people got to know one another. Children played outdoors, there were fewer cars and public libraries were well stocked. The Good Old Days!
slw2004slw2004 on December 2nd, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
I'm a student and fairly low on money at the moment. I seem to spend half my life thinking about money. *smile*
Benbenicek on November 28th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
It basically sounds like the agenda behind Aldous Huxley's novel "Island".
Flyyteflyyte on November 28th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
or possibly the secret to happiness is to stop trying to follow 'recipes to happiness'
anghara13anghara13 on November 28th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
That works for me! Although I do try and "give back", but only because helping others makes me feel good. The points about cost are well made though, since everything does have a cost attached to it in this day and age.
子rin - An faigh: fail7rin on November 29th, 2008 08:40 am (UTC)
But I'm a lazy hermit and am already happy. Doing that lot'd make me exhausted and unhappy. :(
crumble72: washingcrumble72 on November 29th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
I did indeed listen to that program (much about the mind this week on bbcradio4!
But the whole thing made me laugh (oo oh dear I was happy!) I think lots of diffrerent things make lots of different people happy. I do like spending time with my friends and being active but I am also very happy sitting down by myself (in fact more so sometimes!)
I do forunatly live in a beautiful part of the UK so I do savior my surroundings and I give back a lot to my community.
But I still go with how does these people really know what makes us all happy when we are so mixed!
Oh and i only popped in to say I listened! hehe