Sunday, 13 November 2011

This book was called 9 Steps to Life-Long Happiness when I read it, so I picked it up with some scepticism, though glancing at the bullet-points made it clear how effective it might be. I read it and it made a difference to how happy I felt and how efficient I am at being happy. Points 1, 3 and 6 particularly appeal to me, (http://www.choosetobehappy.com/explore/index.html) and you'll find your own favourites, while the points feed in to each other in a cycle. Here's a message from the authors:
Dear Friends,We're excited to announce the birth of our newest happiness-related project -- an online experience called the SUSTAINABLE HAPPINESS COURSE. This "course" provides a practical roadmap to create more joy for yourself, for the people around you, and for the environment. With more than 40 short, dynamic, and fun videos, along with online exercises you can download, the Sustainable Happiness experience will give you a route to contribute to the world's well-being and to find greater happiness, resiliency and control in your own life.And, it's only $20 US.If you’d like to go deeper into the material in our books, this is a great opportunity. Or, if you wrote to us about attending a public training program, this is an opportunity to experience the material personally. If you prefer a CD or auditory presentation, the course will provide this, too.If you'd like to check it out go to: www.SustainableHappinessCourse.com
. There are some sample videos and a full description of the course, bios on the two of us, and a full introduction of our friend and professional collaborator on this project, Catherine O'Brien, professor at Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia.The course is fun and a great companion to our books and to our live presentations. We hope you enjoy it and will pass it on to colleagues, friends, and family.Thanks much, and all best wishes,Rick Foster and Greg HicksCo-authors of: How We Choose to Be Happy, and Happiness & Health (Choosing Brilliant Health)Sustainable Happiness is...:Happiness that contributes to individual, 
community, and/or global well-being 
and does not exploit other people, 
the environment, or future generations.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Choose to be happy







This book was called 9 Steps to Life-Long Happiness when I read it, so I picked it up with some scepticism, though glancing at the bullet-points made it clear how effective it might be. I read it and it made a difference to how happy I felt and how efficient I am at being happy. Points 1, 3 and 6 particularly appeal to me, (http://www.choosetobehappy.com/explore/index.html) and you'll find your own favourites, while the points feed in to each other in a cycle. Here's a message from the authors:








Dear Friends,
We're excited to announce the birth of our newest happiness-related project -- an online experience called the SUSTAINABLE HAPPINESS COURSE. This "course" provides a practical roadmap to create more joy for yourself, for the people around you, and for the environment. With more than 40 short, dynamic, and fun videos, along with online exercises you can download, the Sustainable Happiness experience will give you a route to contribute to the world's well-being and to find greater happiness, resiliency and control in your own life.
And, it's only $20 US.
If you’d like to go deeper into the material in our books, this is a great opportunity. Or, if you wrote to us about attending a public training program, this is an opportunity to experience the material personally. If you prefer a CD or auditory presentation, the course will provide this, too.
If you'd like to check it out go to:

www.SustainableHappinessCourse.com





. There are some sample videos and a full description of the course, bios on the two of us, and a full introduction of our friend and professional collaborator on this project, Catherine O'Brien, professor at Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia.
The course is fun and a great companion to our books and to our live presentations. We hope you enjoy it and will pass it on to colleagues, friends, and family.
Thanks much, and all best wishes,
Rick Foster and Greg Hicks
Co-authors of: How We Choose to Be Happy, and Happiness & Health (Choosing Brilliant Health)
Sustainable Happiness is...:
Happiness that contributes to individual, 
community, and/or global well-being 
and does not exploit other people, 
the environment, or future generations.



Wednesday, 4 May 2011

SHOT NO 52: A SPECK OF INTEREST, by Anthony Sides





She wiped him from the corner of her eye and dropped the tissue in a bin at a bus stop she was passing on her way between her office and a bar.











Thursday, 17 March 2011

SALT PUBLISHING'S GOOD TASTE






The best short story I read last year was The Future Husband by AJ Ashworth. It's included in the extremely readable collection Somewhere Else, or Even Here, which Salt have had the good sense to shortlist for their Scott Prize.




Tuesday, 25 January 2011

AJ ASHWORTH / HORIZON REVIEW







One of my favourite writers, AJ Ashworth, has had another of her excellent stories published recently - this time in Salt's Horizon Review - and you can read it for free here:

http://www.saltpublishing.com/horizon/issues/05/text/Ashworth_AJ_The_Rings_of_Saturn.htm



Thursday, 20 January 2011

Dave Puller's PEACE, LOVE AND WAR: Blurb


Dave's book is now available -

You can discover serious, poignant and playful poems in this new collection from Dave Puller. You’ll love reading and re-reading Dave’s deceptively simple lines about love, peace and war (and a little bit about Wythenshawe).

  • You’ll find tender, cynical poems about new love and love gone sour - and love that’s bitter/sweet with might-have-beens.
  • You’ll enjoy angry and/or funny pieces about politics, class and consumerism – and heartbreakingly happy memories of a lost loved one.
  • Politics – and anger – continue in the compassionate and satirical section about the whys, hows and horrors of war for oil and corporate gain.
  • The final poems introduce you to Dave’s beloved Wythenshawe, and the values and injustices of a childhood in a “lower-working-class” community.

    The Manchester Evening News called Dave a “poet, promoter and all-round nice guy” – while a fan on MySpace praises his “poetic, political and comedic genius”.




Tuesday, 11 January 2011

SHOT NO 51, by Anthony Sides





A dust-skimmed pool and a palm tree, and a camel soiling its back leg. Freezeframed waves of sand washed up at the edges. One red rock with two vultures perched, nudging each other and snickering. The grass is straw and saw-edged. The sky is as pale as old jeans with hot rivets and the sun shouts in your eyes. Nurses sit round a card-table on unfolded chairs drinking tea and smoking and pretending not to notice a buzzing light connected to a button a patient in bed in striped blue-and-white pyjamas is pressing. His bed frame is tubular metal painted white and when he touches it sitting up he pulls his hand away fast.