personal and social capability

Personal and Social Capability ACARA

Making Slough Happy


Making Slough Happy was a social experiment led by psychologist Richard Stephens and a team of experts which became a TV series in England. The express purpose of the exercise was to make the people of Slough happier and in the end it boiled down to the 10 step manifesto:

1. Get physical. Exercise for half an hour three times a week.
2. Count your blessings. At the end of each day, reflect on at least five things you’re grateful for.
3. Have an hour-long uninterrupted conversation with your partner or closest friend each week.
4. Plant something. Even if it’s a window box or container. Keep it alive!
5. Cut your TV viewing by half.
6. Smile at and/or say hello to a stranger at least once a day.
7. Phone a friend.
8. Have a good laugh at least once a day.
9. Every day make sure to give yourself a treat.
10. Daily kindness: Do an extra good turn for someone each day.

As you can see, it didn’t come down to material things. Money doesn’t make you happy.

An article appraising the experiment is here.


Author: CathyW

Retired Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom, wherever that might be, to write on the lives of others.

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