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How to be happy: resources: 16 great posts to browse

Leigh Turner
Leigh Turner

During the first COVID 19 lockdown here in Austria I put together a few of the posts on this blog in a piece called how to be happy: resources.  It cheered me up!  Here are 15 posts, plus a report from the BBC.  

How to be happy: work at it

I’m prompted by a BBC report from 2019, which suggested five things you could do:

  1.  Make a list of the things you are grateful for.
  2. Sleep more.
  3. Meditate, or do something which engages your full attention.
  4. Spend more time with family and friends.
  5. Get off social media (except this blog).

Leigh Turner with deep purple

Me being happy with friends from Deep Purple – who also have some happiness secrets. My post at the link includes pix of Deep Purple in Kyiv

One thing not on the list, but contained in the piece, is that being happy requires a conscious effort.  As Professor Laurie Santos says: “Being happy isn’t something that just happens, you’ve got to practice to be better at it.”

How to be happy: resources from Robertpimm.com

How can you practice being happier?  One way is by following some of the advice in these “how to be happy” posts – some of my most popular entries:

My “Existential – and women” category

I have considered the question of happiness so often on this blog – along with feminist issues – that I have a category for it called Existential – and women.  Feel free to have a browse.

How to be Happy walking in Yorkshire

Walking the Dales Way in England made me happy

One of my key ways to improve my mood, when things appear to be going wrong, is to take a step back and get some perspective.  I wrote about this in my blog Things are getting worse, right?  Wrong.  Here’s why.

How to be happy: other resources

My other happiness-related blogs include:

–  How to be happy: 11 simple tools 

– Tuchman’s Law (or “Always look on the bright side?”): 9/10 (a historian’s wise words on why the world is better than it might at first appear)

– Read this now – before you waste more of your precious life

– Transience and Fat Lama (contains a plug for my son Owen’s start-up, plus thoughts on sacred carpentry, maps, and the future of ownership); and

– Happiness and small victories (a personal blog, containing rare Bonn, Kyiv and Vienna cycling pictures and details of what makes me punch the air with joy).

You may also find interesting this link to my blog DON’T PANIC: a communications masterclass 10/10 (October 2015) in which Swedish statistician Hans Rosling explains how in 2000 there were more children in the world than there are now; and how, by the year 2100, the world population will be stable.  People keep telling me they disagree with it, but without providing counter-arguments.

If you would like to have a look at my other writing – and make me happy – take a look at my most recent books.


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