Happiness – Lessons from a New Science

Author: Richard Layard

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There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery

Author: Portia Nelson

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Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill

Author: Matthieu Ricard

More from the scientist-monk.  One of the most interesting commentators in his field today.

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Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life

Author: Paul Dolan

As a Professor of Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics, Dolan conducts original research into the measurement of happiness and its causes and consequences, including the effects of our behaviour. Here he creates a new outlook on the pursuit of happiness – it’s not just how you feel,...

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Happiness is Contagious (1)

Sometimes it’s you who needs to lead the first wave. If you are a leader, you set the emotional tone

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Happiness is Contagious (2)

An important part of resilience is the ability to laugh at yourself (some bad language here)

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Getting Your Environment right

A useful reminder that all of the issue and problems that we experience are not entirely of our own making and sometimes we need to change the environment.

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Soul Biographies

Nic describes his work as “Short, Black & White Human Portraits in Film. Extremely close up. And extremely revealing of our common human experience.”  Take 5 minutes and watch one ….

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The Happiness Trap

Author: Russ Harris

Popular ideas about happiness are misleading, inaccurate, and are directly contributing to our current epidemic of stress, anxiety and depresssion. And unfortunately, popular psychological approaches are making it even worse. In this controversial, but empowering self-help book, Dr Russ Harries, reveals how millions of people are unwittingly caught in the...

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The Psychology of Fear in Organanisations

Author: Sheila Keegan

This book shows how fear manifests itself in large organisations, how it impacts on the workforce and how by reducing our willingness to take risks and to innovate, it can inhibit economic growth and innovation, at both an individual and corporate level. The book contains several quotes from Chris Welford.

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Self Compassion

Author: Kristin Neff

Self Compassion offers a powerful solution for combating the current malaise of depression, anxiety and self criticism that comes with living in a pressured and competitive culture.

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World Happiness Report 2013

Interesting information about what contributes to both our unhappiness and our happiness. See especially Chapter 3.

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PersonaBubble blog

Great blog site on personality, happiness, careers and the links between all three.

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Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies is an NHS programme rolling out services across England offering interventions approved by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for treating people with depression and anxiety disorders.

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Psychology Today

Link to US site, which has quite a few useful articles and questionnaires on it.

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Affluenza

Author: Oliver James

An interesting spin from Oliver James:  just what is it that makes otherwise successful people so unhappy?  Is there a malevolent side to having a lot of personal drive?  When is enough, enough?

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Ultimate Confidence: The Secrets to Feeling Great About Yourself Every Day

Author: Marisa Peer

Marisa Peer’s tried and tested programme is an effortless way to maximise your potential and overhaul your whole outlook on life for the better. Her powerful hypnotic language and effective techniques mean that just reading the book enables you to change negative thought patterns and break harmful habits that have...

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The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level

Author: Gay Hendricks

In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks, the New York Times bestselling author of Five Wishes, demonstrates how to eliminate the barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs. Fans of Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and The Secret will find useful, effective tips for breaking down the walls...

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An antidote to the awful motivational posters…!

Humour builds resilience …. No industry has inflicted more suffering than the Motivational Industry. Motivational books, speakers and posters have made billions of dollars selling shortcuts to success and tools for unleashing our unlimited potential. At Despair, they know such products only raise hopes to dash them. That’s why their...

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What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

Psychiatrist Robert Waldinger shares his fascinating findings on what makes a good life and – based on his 75-year old study of adult development – offers unique insights into what keeps us happy and healthy.

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The Surprising Science of Happiness

Social psychologist and author Dan Gilbert challenges the idea that specific life events determine our wellbeing, and proposes that true happiness does not depend on external factors, but that it comes from within.

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Dalai Lama’s Guide to Happiness

The Dalai Lama explains what happiness means to him and reflects on behaviours, values and morals that influence it, dissenting the importance of Western materialism.

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The Power of Forgiveness

What do ‘reduced stress, better heart health, lowered anxiety and pain perception and higher overall happiness’ have in common? They are all correlated to your ability to ask for forgiveness – this engaging video explains why.

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Why Happy People Do It Better!

Does success lead to happiness? A light-hearted video explaining that actually the opposite may be true – happiness can lead to success.

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Random Acts of Kindness Triathlon

This amusing video shows how being kind to other people can increase not only their but also our own happiness.

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The Habits of Happiness

Matthieu Ricard, who is both biochemist and Buddhist, combines his extensive knowledge of science and religion in this inspiring TED talk, arguing that we can all train our minds in the habits of happiness.

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The Happy Secret to Better Work

Happiness might be the key to productivity. In this very funny TED talk psychologist Shawn Achor explains why.

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10 Keys to Happiness

Based on the latest research, Action for Happiness have identified 10 keys to happiness that consistently seem to make life happier and more fulfilling.

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This site is maintained by two individuals who wear more than one hat – be it consultant, psychologist or psychotherapist – so you should expect to find a wide range of materials that are all about how people learn, perform and grow. Chris and Jackie founded Sixth Sense Consulting Ltd in 2010. We provide assessment, leadership development, team building, career transition, psychotherapy, and wellbeing services to individuals and organisations. Our aim is to share materials and resources we use in our day to day work with others in a digestible and practical format.

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