The Advent of the Year of the Horse: Vice and Virtue

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Firstly, we would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. Let’s hope it’s a good one! There’s so much to celebrate in life and all too frequently we choose to dwell on the negatives rather than the positives. Look at how the media reviews any year – it’s a catalogue of doom and […]

National and International Happiness

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Wednesday 20th March 2013 saw the first “International Happiness Day” as declared by the United Nations. Many have smirked at this, and not in a positive way. Why do we need an international celebration of happiness? Surely the United Nations has more important things to worry about – like Syria or North Korea or the […]

Seasonal Values – For Every Season: Joyfulness, 23nd December

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23. Joyfulness “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Buddha “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” E.E. Cummings “If we can just let go and trust that things will work out they way they’re […]

Seasonal Values – For Every Season: Empathy, 22nd December

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22. Empathy “When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you.” Susan Sarandon “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather […]

Seasonal Values – For Every Season: Reflection, 21st December

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21. Reflection ”All truly great thoughts are conceived through walking.” Friedrich Nietzsche …………………………… “It takes a certain ingenuous faith – but I have it – to believe that people who read and reflect more likely than not come to judge things with liberality and truth.”  A. C. Grayling  ………………………….. “By three methods we may learn […]

Seasonal Values – For Every Season: Honesty, 20th December

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20. Honesty “Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.” Richard Bach   “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” Thomas Jefferson “Honest people don’t hide their deeds.” Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights Honesty: here’s a word that is synonymous with another word, yet is […]

Seasonal Values – For Every Season: Benevolence, 19th December

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19. Benevolence “To feel much for others and little for ourselves; to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature.” Adam Smith   “The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” Mahatma Gandhi Being truly benevolent asks nothing in return. […]