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You Can Be Happy by Jason Freeman, Daniel Freeman

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CHAPTER 4

Activities for happiness

‘Joy’s soul’, wrote Shakespeare in Troilus and Cressida, ‘lies in the doing.’ For those of us who want to become happier, this is an absolutely crucial – and wonderfully empowering – message. This is especially so because Shakespeare’s insight is backed up by contemporary science: what we do can have a profound effect on the way we feel.

But if we’re choosing activities to increase our happiness, which ones should we go for?

FIVE A DAY FOR HAPPINESS

A few years back the UK government commissioned a report into the mental health of the nation, and what could be done to improve it. After consultations with more than 400 experts, the report advocated a ‘5 a day’ programme for well-being. Here are the five ...

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