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Making Slough Happy

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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.

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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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