Don't worry - be happy

The cheery folk at Healthy Brockley were at Brockley train station last night offering commuters their new 'Happiness Manifesto'. For the benefit of BC readers, here are their top tips ...

Count your blessings
Each day record at least 3 things for which you are grateful

Do something creative
Experiment and find something you enjoy

Enjoy nature
Take time each day to enjoy nature

Get involved
Volunteer to help others and make a difference

Get physical
Exercise for half an hour, three times a week

Have a good laugh
At least once a day

Lend a helping hand
Practice kindness daily; reach out and help those in need

Nurture your relationships
Be sure to spend quality time with friends and family

Relax, take time to unwind
Read, listen to music, pray, go for a walk

Share your positive attitude
A smile can be contagious; compliment and encourage others

They've also conducted a happiness survey, the results of which they'll be publishing soon. So - how happy are BC readers? And will you be taking Healthy Brockley's advice?

31 comments:

Hugh said...

I do hope these people refrain from addressing me if our paths cross.

Monkeyboy said...

Ah! fellow cynic. I had a leaflet thrust into my hand at the station. I bought a kebab on the way home and kicked a small dog just to spite them.

Brockley Nick said...

They couldn't resist sneaking a reference to prayer in there!

The Brockley Telegraph said...

I think im going to be sick.

Reminds me of when I went to Midnight Mass at St Peters, there was a very 'enthuastic' happy clappy lady dancing and singing very loudly the religious hymms.

There was no Banjo though, so I guess I should count my blessings...

Bea said...

Hugh - maybe that's why you always seem so miserable?

Anonymous said...

Well it's cheaper than taking proszac, lithium, alcohol or weed or whatever you do to get you through.

Pray is simply silent contemplation.

drakefell debaser said...

Maybe, but they do seem to encourage experimenting to find out what you do enjoy...

lb said...

Oh, they seem harmless enough. It's the syncretic New Age bullsh-t that always really sticks in my throat.

Hugh said...

Bea, if the answer to my troubles is accepting leaflets and conversation from people who hang around train stations, I suspect my troubles are here to stay.

Bea said...
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Bea said...

Hugh - true – I suspect they are.

However, as well as missing out on "happiness" advice, you’ll forgo an opportunity to find out where to do yoga, buy organic veg, who to vote for and of course the essential morning pick me up of free goodies such as yogurt, water, chewing gum, news papers ... etc.

Hugh said...

Bea, I suspect you also think Graham Norton is an inventive wit.

Bea said...

Hugh - no

Headhunter said...

Well it all sounds pretty logical to me. If people in London made room for half those things, they wouldn't walk around with godawful grimaces on their faces the whole time as if they were pitted against the 4 horseriders of the apocalypse every morning on the way to work.

Cynicism - fine, but not when it turns you into a grumpy old b'stard who would never try anything.

Anonymous said...

You sound like a bit of a god lover Headhunter?

Hugh said...

Headhunter, people don't smile as a matter of course when walking or otherwise travelling from A to B. Only retards do that.

Swift Colbert said...

Reign it in Hugh, you're rapidly becoming unfunny.

Headhunter said...

Anon 11:42 - Nah not a god lover, but I think I believe in a greater presence out there... Don't you? Or perhaps I'm being a "retard"...

Hugh - I don't mean that people need to smile brainlessly as they head along Coulgate St, but a more neutral facial expression may save money spent on botox, face lifts and Boots no 7 creams later in life to remove those lines...

Do dah said...

Ah a topic dear to my heart. I have been dealing with the 'grey dog' recently.

Of the 10 things listed I do all of them... about once a year. I now see where I need to improve.

I was grateful that my train came in on time this morning and that my journey was smooth AND that my croissant was particularly fresh... yes I think I feel a little happier.

Headhunter said...

Excellent, positive thought!

Seriously though, have you ever taken time to look at people's faces and postures as they walk around? Most of them are bent forward as though fighting against a driving wind, face all screwed up.

It's no wonder those Masai warriors or whoever they were who came here to run the marathon were told that people in London weren't really miserable, they just work long hours

do dah said...

Headhunter I've just burst out laughing at your expression about people's faces, that's often me of a morning!

Tressillian James said...

I'm grateful that my presentation went well this morning, that the music downstairs has stopped, and that my 'new' dog is happily settling in.

Actually it DOES make you feel better.

Tressillian James said...

Do Dah - thats your laugh for the day done...

The Brockley Telegraph said...

im greatful that I managed to cycle in this morning and that my cats were sitting next to my head when I awoke. They didn't even try to lick my face this morning which is nice

Bea said...

I'm grateful I got out of the house 2 minutes earlier than usual this morning which meant I didn't have to run to the station like a Masai warrior, that the boss is out all morning at client meetings leaving me in peace to read BC and that it's nearly my lunch time.

Feeling great now!

Headhunter said...

Well I'm happy that you're all happy... Peace n love, kids.

Hugh said...

Remember the serenity of Miguel Indurain breaking away on a climb? That's me, that is.

Headhunter said...

Aha, a state of true nirvana. I do love that feeling out on the road on the bike, the quiet, efficient speed and beautiful greenery. Until some bugger in a 4x4 fills the lane in front of you forcing you into the hedgerow....

Anonymous said...

I agree with you HH a little positive thinking does not hurt anyone. And Hugh, I am happy to be a retard as I do walk from A to B and smile,sometimes I even burst out loud with laughter.

Anonymous said...

'but I think I believe in a greater presence out there...'

What's that then?

Tamsin said...

Do you remember the "Happiness in Brockley" posters a few years back? They cheered me up - particularly the one with the man and his young rabbit in Endwell street.

I've seen this list before somewhere and, once you get over the sheer un-Britishness of it all, it is actually quite good advice.

PS For a dose of happiness today come along to Hillaballoo (and if it's raining you will at least get in your daily quota for a good laught) - and then make yourself miserable again n the evening by watching Brief Encounter in the Telegraph Hill Centre

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