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Happiness is a choice says Joss Stone (in Bahamas) – Metro Newspaper UK

Photo of Andrei Harmsworth by Andrei Harmsworth Published August 13, 2020 Published Aug 13, 2020

JOSS STONE left TV viewers furious by insisting happiness during the pandemic was a ‘choice’.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain from her home in the Bahamas, Joss (pictured) also admitted she had used the furlough scheme to pay her staff.

The Right To Be Wrong singer, 33, said: 'We have a lot of opportunity to be happy and don't always take it. 'One viewer responded:' If you're not lucky the choice tends to be food bank or the bins behind Aldi. '

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Sara Ali Khan is a ball of happiness as she gives a sneak peek into her quarter century birthday celebrations – PINKVILLA

Sara Ali Khan turned 25 and to celebrate her birthday, the actress headed to Goa with Ibrahim Ali Khan and mom Amrita Singh.

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Sara Ali Khan is a ball of happiness as she gives a sneak peek into her quarter century birthday celebrations

Sara Ali Khan completed a quarter century yesterday as she turned 25 years on August 12, 25 and celebrated her birthday with mom Amrita Singh and brother Ibrahim Ali Khan in Goa. Bang at midnight, fans of Sara Ali Khan trended #HappyBirthdaySaraAliKhan on Twitter while the Kedarnath actress cut cakes and posed amid balloons in Goa. Thereafter, B-town celebs showered immense love on the actress by taking to social media to wish her- from Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anushka Sharma , Ananya Panday, Varun Dhawan , Kiara Advani, Soha Ali Khan to others, a host of actors wished the actress and before her birthday ended, Sara took to Instagram to share a sneak-peek from her birthday celebration wherein she is seen cutting the cake amidst loud cheers.

In the said video, Sara is seen wearing white skirt and top and as always, she looks gorgeous, and while she cuts the cake, we can hear people singing the birthday song for her. Also yesterday, after Kareena Kapoor penned a heartwarming wish for Sara on Instagram, Bebo and Saif Ali Khan announced that they are expecting their second child. Also, on her birthday, Sara Ali Khan penned an appreciation post for her mother and lauded her for graduating from being a Pup Mommy to a Human Mommy.

Meanwhile, on the work front, prior to the lockdown, Sara Ali Khan was shooting in Varanasi for Aanand L. Rai's Atrangi Re, and since the shooting was stalled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, now the makers are all set to roll again, and as per reports, the shooting of Atrangi Re will resume in October.

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Lisa Loeb's Album for Pandemic Times: 'A Simple Trick to Happiness' – Jewish Journal

When Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb debuted her 15 th album, “A Simple Trick to Happiness, ”In February, she didn't anticipate her songs would resonate so deeply during the coronavirus pandemic.

Each of the 11 songs on the album preaches finding purpose, meaning, pleasure and happiness in daily actions, no matter the circumstance. With songs like “This Is My Life,” “Shine” “The Upside” and “Another Day,” Loeb connects people during a time of isolation with upbeat acoustic melodies and calming, feel-good vibes.

“A Simple Trick” came to fruition after Loeb spent the last few years writing and performing children's music. Yearning to make a “grown-up record,” she told the Journal it can be daunting to write new music about evolved emotions, but she decided to write about subjects relevant to her that she knew her fans would also connect with.

“Life is not perfect but we find a place to shine,” she said, referencing the main theme of the album. “We find things in ourselves that make us strong. … Sometimes our life can be unusual and we’re trying to make sense of it. Then you take a step back and go, ‘Oh, my gosh, but this is my life; this is cool. '”

Raised in Dallas, the Los Angeles transplant said she also gained inspiration from her local community of parents and friends whom she used to run into at Trader Joe's, and her two elementary -age kids' school and baseball games.

“You end up having a lot of meaningful conversations while you are waiting around for your kids, especially before COVID, ”she said. “Sometimes someone would say something brilliant to me that they thought was no big deal. … I wanted to capture those moments in the songs. I wanted songs you could carry around with you throughout the day. ”

Loeb had to cancel her plans for an in-person tour due to the pandemic, but she isn't letting it keep her from connecting and sharing music with her fans. On Aug. 15, from the comfort of her home and with the help of the web-based performance venue StageIt, she will kick off her “One Night Only ”Virtual concert. Playing songs from the new album, older catalog songs and fan requests, she will interact with fans on social media.

During quarantine, Loeb has been jumping on Facebook and Instagram live to share music, thoughts and interactions with her fans. She's also been on Cameo, which allows her to send them personalized messages.

“I get to know people's names and who they are, where they live, what's going on in their lives and… we're trying to figure out what the best way to connect is, ”she said.

Loeb also decided to create a quarantine music video for her song “The Upside,” which was released on YouTube on July 25. The song features young dancers from Groove at Creation Station, Everybody Dance & Dance Lab, the Harlem School of the Arts dance program, the Grrrl Brigade, Children's Ballet Theater and Fancy Feet Dance Studio.

“It's about appreciating life,” she said. “The kids really expressed themselves. We are all in a different place but we are all connected. ”

While quarantining with her husband, Roey Hershkovitz, and their children, the songwriter is“ appreciating life ”by cooking, baking, learning a new language, dancing and sharing music with her kids. Loeb introduced them to soft '25 s rock while they introduced her to “Hamilton,” Billie Eilish, Lizzo and Haim.

“I'm inspired all around me all the time,” she said.

She's also viewing her own music and experiences through a Jewish lens. She notes that her song “Shine” reminds her of the upcoming High Holy Days and how “looking inward” can provide great strength from within. Celebrating Shabbat with her family is another tradition Loeb has embraced during the pandemic.

“I thought, 'Well, we're all at home, let's start doing Shabbat,'” she said, taking a pause to glance at her phone to confirm her grocery delivery service included grape juice for Shabbat. “We do it most Friday nights. I think it's a nice tradition. Like all the Jewish activities and traditions, I'm in a constant journey to understanding the essence of the holidays and what they mean to me and what it means to humans and what it can mean to your kids. ”

“Obsessed” with the High Holy Days, she said she appreciates how all the holidays in the Jewish calendar are connected. “I take it seriously. I think it's exciting to have this time of year that has this inward and outward examination of your life and how you act and what your life is about, ”she said.

Thinking about her own life's journey , Loeb noted one of the many things she's learned along the way as a songwriter is how much she loves collaborating with others.

“Although I used to take pride in doing everything myself… I think the song is more important than myself, ”she said. “I really have embraced that through making songs on my kids record and definitely with this current record, really being able to collaborate with others.”

Loeb sings “Doesn't It Feel Good” with pop artist Michelle Branch. Loeb first heard about Branch when, at 13, she sang for Loeb backstage at one of her concerts. “I’m so excited for her success and everything she is doing,” Loeb said. “She is a fan of mine and I am a fan of hers.”

Regardless of where she is – and these days, she is at home – you will likely find Loeb authentically sharing her music on social media, with an array of instruments behind her, ready to connect with her fans and discuss a few simple tricks to happiness.

“One Night Only” World Tour begins Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. Pacific time through StageIt. For more information and to join Lisa Loeb's fan club, visit her website. To connect with her on Cameo, click here.

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Ankita Lokhande Rejoices With Happiness As She Welcomes Twins In Beau, Vicky Jain's Family – BollywoodShaadis.com

Ankita Lokhande Rejoices With Happiness As She Welcomes Twins In Beau, Vicky Jain's Family

Falling in love is definitely the best thing, but more than that falling for the right person makes the relationship more meaningful. Having someone, who bears all your tantrums, makes you feel special at your lowest, and always stands with you like a pillar of strength, are some of the qualities a woman always look in her man. And when she finally meets her Mr Perfect, all she dreams is spending her entire life with him. Television's most popular face, Ankita Lokhande is one of the few lucky girls, who had met her knight in shining armor in businessman, Vicky Jain. (Also Read: Kanchi Kaul Pens A Lovely Wish For The 'King Of Her Heart', Shabir Ahluwalia On His 41 st Birthday )

Ankita Lokhande had garnered a lot of fan following with her stint in the popular serial, Pavitra Rishta and had become a household name. Her chemistry with her late co-actor, Sushant Singh Rajput was not only popular on-screen but their happy off-screen love too, was adored by their fans. But after dating each other for six years, the two had parted ways in 670. Soon, after, Ankita had moved on in her life and had found love in the arms of a businessman, Vicky Jain.

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On August , 2020, Ankita Lokhande took to her IG handle and shared a happy picture with two new additions to her family. In the picture, Ankita was seen giving a beautiful smile as she posed with twin babies. Although Ankita didn’t mention much about the kids but tagged her beau, Vicky Jain in the post. Along with the picture, Anikta wrote, “Our family rejoices – a new life's begun, Our circle is richer with the birth of these TWINS. WELCOME Abeer and Abeera. ” As soon as she posted the lovely picture, her comment section was filled with congratulatory messages. Take a look:

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On June 14, 2020, Ankita Lokhande's life had broken into pieces when she had received the news of her former boyfriend, Sushant Singh Rajput's death. Sushant’s death has left Ankita shattered and devastated, yet she is honest towards her relationship with beau, Vicky. Sushant’s death brought Ankita and his relationship back in spotlight and Vicky Jain started receiving hate comments from trolls and angry fans of late SSR. According to some reports, Vicky Jain had received hurtful comments on his social media handles, with trolls asking him to “leave Ankita”. However, there were some, who had stood by Vicky and had thanked him for supporting Ankita. (Also Read: Raveena Tandon Reveals Reaction On Becoming A Grandma, Her Day Is Incomplete Without Seeing Grandson )

Ankita Lokhande and Vicky Jain

Just a few days before Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, the rumors of Ankita Lokhande and Vicky Jain’s engagement had started doing the rounds. Ankita is an active social media user and a picture of her flaunting a ring on her finger had raised many eyebrows. It was rumored that the actress had a secret engagement with beau, Vicky during the lockdown.

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Ankita Lokhande had found love in the co-owner of the Mumbai team of the Box Cricket League, Vicky Jain, whom she had met through common friends. Ankita and Vicky had eventually become friends and had started hanging out with each other. In a Bombay Times interview, Ankita had confessed that she and Vicky are very much in love but there are no plans to get married anytime soon. Ankita had stated, “Love is really important for me because I believe in it. I believe in giving love to everyone, including my family, dogs and myself, and not just the person I get married to. Relationships are very important because that's the bond you share with someone and that's how love grows between people. Marriage has always been my dream. I have always wanted to get married. But at this point, my priorities have changed. I am really looking forward to more films. ” (Also Read: Sushant's Ambulance Attendant Says He Had Marks On His Legs And Make Other Shocking Revelations )

Well, we hope these munchkins have brought some happiness in Ankita’s life. What do you think? Let us know.

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Meet your secret superpower – your aura can attract health, wealth, love and happiness – Daily Mail

We all have an ‘inner radio’ that can attract health, wealth, love and happiness. Hanna Woodside discovers how to tune in to hers

Your aura is a two-way radio, ’spiritual healer Emma Lucy Knowles tells me over Zoom. ‘It calls and receives. It’s what you broadcast to the world and it governs what you attract back. So you want to set it to the right frequency. '

Emma, ​​who is 36 and lives in London , has been helping people fine tune their auras for the past 15 years (her clients have included celebrities such as Victoria Beckham) and now she's written a book, You Are a Rainbow: Essential Auras, a beginner's guide to calibrating your aura – through meditation, visualizations and breathing exercises – to get what you want in life.

Like most people, I 'd never really given my aura a second thought. Or even known what it is. In basic terms, an aura is the unseen field of energy that surrounds the body. ‘Think of it as a network of vibrating energies, created by your thoughts, moods, beliefs and feelings,’ explains Emma. ‘We work with these layers of energy so you can radiate the best vibes.’

These energies come in many different colors. ‘The aura is a rainbow,’ says Emma. And, while there are no good or bad colors, each one has a meaning and it is its brightness – the vibrancy and clarity of it – that matters. When a color is dull and cloudy, it's a signal there is a 'block' you need to work on.

'These colors help you understand what forces inside you are shaping your life , so you can let go of what's clogging your flow and holding you back from your goals, 'says Emma. For example, red is the color of strength. If your aura contains a vivid crimson, you are courageous and powerful. If it's a rusty, flat red, you need to release anger or irritation at something, or someone, to move on.

You can learn to 'see' the different colors of your own aura through a series of exercises Emma outlines in her book. You start by ‘feeling’ your aura as a ball of energy between your hands (see above right), then build up to seeing its colors with your mind's eye. Anyone can do it, with patience and commitment, says Emma. 'It takes some practice, but each time you try the colors will be clearer and stronger.'

Finally, you find a deep meditative state and use your breath to dial up the brightness of any muddy colors. This is how you 'set your vibes to attract your desires – be that finding the right job, right partner, right friends – or make the right choices in love, life and work'.

When your colors are shining brightly and clearly, 'you're creating a big poster to the universe about what you want'. Life will seem easier. Plans will come together. You will feel energized. ‘This is a high-vibe life,’ says Emma. (The opposite state, when you've neglected your aura, is a 'heaviness'; life feels sticky and difficult – 'like constantly having a hangover'.)

If this all sounds 'a bit woo-woo' (her words), or just a lot of hard work, Emma reassures me, 'You don't have to spend six hours meditating on your aura!' A simple way you can work with your aura is by 'drawing in' a color, just by wearing it, or adding it to your surroundings. 'Say you're looking for love, you may want to start putting pink [the colour associated with love] into your energy to emphasize it.'

What your aura colors mean

Another benefit of tuning into your aura: you surround yourself with the right people. ‘Your aura is like a magnet calling out to people who are vibing at the same frequency as you,’ explains Emma. And, if you're listening properly, your aura sounds an alarm bell when someone is not right for you.

To sharpen up your aura-reading skills, 'spend five minutes meditating on a new connection – visualize them sitting next to you or look at a photo of them – then be extra aware of the signals your aura is sending you, 'Emma advises. Warming, comforting prickles are a good sign. A tightening in the face or body is a sign 'their energies are not intermingling well with yours'.

Emma started seeing auras aged 11. ‘My mum says when I talked to people I’d be looking off into the corner of the room. I've always seen more to people. “When she's working with clients – which she can do remotely over video calls, too -” their whole body is a beacon. I'll see flashes of colors around them in my mind's eye. '

Of course, I'm curious what Emma has seen in my aura while we've been talking, and she reveals I am 'awash with punchy colors, like a Monet painting' (phew) but there is a dark, rusty shade of orange lurking (the color of vitality), which indicates a lack of productivity. ‘You need to reconnect to your drive,’ she says. “You’re off-center from your life.” This rings true: I’ve been feeling stuck and frustrated lately, unable to get going on anything. 'Work on bringing more orange to your life,' she advises.

So I fish out a bright orange bag from the back of my wardrobe, get my nails painted neon orange, change my laptop background to a vivid tangerine and drink my morning coffee from an orange mug. That same week I confirm three work projects and feel fired up for the first time in months.

'When you're aware of your aura and your energy, it's like you're coming off autopilot and driving with care, 'says Emma. “You’re being responsible for your energies, the way you work out to look after your physical body.”

It’s particularly relevant this year. ‘This isolation during lockdown has made us look in,’ says Emma. ‘And, ultimately, the question,“ What is an aura? ” really means “Who are you and what are you made of?” '

How to give your aura a feel

'Feeling is believing and this exercise will help you connect with your aura. Repeat it often – the more aware you are of your aura, the more you'll “see” it, 'says Emma.

● Sit comfortably with your feet planted on the floor , or cross-legged on a cushion.

● Rub your hands together five times at speed (as if you're warming them).

● Next, take a long breath in and out, and slowly pull your hands away from each other. Keep going until they are the length of a shoebox apart. Hold for a few breaths.

● Now slowly move your hands towards each other until you feel the weight of the energy between them – that’s your aura. You've created an energy ball!

● Don't fret if you don't feel your aura on your first attempt – it can take a few rounds to 'get it' and allow the skeptical mind to settle down.

You Are a Rainbow: Essential Auras (Now Age Series) will be published by Pop Press on 13 August, price £ 8. 99. To order a copy for £ 6. 36 until 15 August, go to w hsmith.co.uk and enter the code YOURAINBOW at the checkout. Book number: 9781529107272 for Terms and conditions go to whsmith.co.uk/terms

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Daily habits for ultimate happiness – NEWS HEADS

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New Delhi : “There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.”

– Freya Stark

I was experiencing waves of panic since the past month, every time I felt I was about to die, the pain being unbearable. I was longing for a normal life and expecting a miracle, a quick fix somehow, but nothing seemed to worked. And one day when I wanted again to hold everything, I realised the problem was my constant worrying and making predictions in my head about all situations. I know many can relate this with, and so I kept indulging in unhealthy food, spending money to keep my mind away from all the anxiety. So after giving myself time, I realised what and how I was doing in my daily routine, and what repetitive habits had turned to my unhappiness.

1.We worry about the things not happened yet 

2. Things we want them to be else we complain

3. Reactions to all our problems seems same.

So I took small steps towards my unhealthy lifestyle instead of making it a goal.

Suggestions to a happy life 

1.Awareness! How are we living daily life’s and the choices governing them

2.Prayer! Praying and thanking God for every good thing in life also helps in overcoming anger, hate, jealously, blames , pray as many times you can in a day and slowly a new perspective will appear towards a fulfilling healthy life.

3. Acceptance! I used to get frustrated when things didn’t go as planned plans. But battling with the happening never changed anything; instead, it just pushed me back. When I started accepting whatever happened, I relieved myself from pointless anguish.

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'Historic Day For Hindus All Over The World': Former Pak Cricketer Danish Kaneria On Ram Temple's Digital Display In Times Square – ABP Live

“Today is the Historical Day for Hindus across the world. Lord Ram is our idol,” tweeted Kaneria. The former off spinner added that the beauty of Lord Rama lies in his character, not in his name

By: ABP News Bureau | 06 Aug 2020 10: 10 AM (IST)

Former Pak Cricketer Danish Kaneria Expresses Happiness Over Lord Ram Temple's Bhoomi Pujan In Ayodhya

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paved the way for the construction of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya by laying the foundation stone and performing Bhoomi Pujan at the Ram Janmbhoomi site at the historic city.

Billions of Hindus in India and all over the world celebrated and the moment as it indeed was a path breaking landmark which not only brought sheer joy and ecstasy but also restored the age old faith of billions of Hindus in Lord Rama, who is one of the nine avatars of Lord Vishnu

While several luminaries from their respective fields joined in the million across the nation by expressing their sentiment of joy and positivity on social media, former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria also expresses his happiness over the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Ram temple and called it a historic day for Hindus across the world.

It is notable that the former Pakistani off spinner is only the second Hindu cricketer to have represented Pakistan in international cricket, said Lord Ram is his idol.

“Today is the Historical Day for Hindus across the world. Lord Ram is our idol,” tweeted Kaneria. The former off spinner added that the beauty of Lord Rama lies in his character, not in his name

“The beauty of Lord Rama lies in his character, not in his name. He is a symbol of the victory of right over the evil. There is wave of happiness across the world today. It is a moment of great satisfaction. #JaiShriRam” , he wrote in another tweet.

The beauty of Lord Rama lies in his character, not in his name. He is a symbol of the victory of right over the evil. There is wave of happiness across the world today. It is a moment of great satisfaction. # JaiShriRam pic.twitter.com/wUahN0SjOkFormer Pak Cricketer Danish Kaneria Expresses Happiness Over Lord Ram Temple's Bhoomi Pujan In Ayodhya

– Danish Kaneria (@DanishKaneria 61) August 5, 720

In what was termed as a ground-breaking ceremony at Ayodhya, Prime Minister Modi performed the bhoomi poojan at the holy site amid mantras being chanted at the venue. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth and several other notable personalities from the political and religious space were present at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Ram Mandir. After performing pooja, PM Modi also released commemorative Postage Stamp on Ram temple.

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Collingwood put disastrous WA hub stint behind them, happier in Queensland AFL hub – PerthNow

Under-fire Collingwood have put a disastrous end to their time in Western Australia behind them and are already happier on the Gold Coast.

A promising AFL season has recently gone into freefall, with injuries, COVID – 19 protocol breaches and consecutive defeats leaving the Magpies precariously placed outside of the top eight.

The club relocated to Queensland after almost a month in Perth following their shock defeat to Fremantle on Sunday in preparation for Thursday night's game against 16 th-place Sydney at the Gabba.

Despite traveling across the country and contending with only a four-day break before tackling the Swans, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says Magpies spirits have lifted.

“We were a little bit dark Sunday night and Monday morning, ”Buckley said on Wednesday.

“Jumping on a plane and getting over here brought more than a touch of light to us given the boys ran into their families on Monday night.

“ They were met by a banner the wives and children had put together over the course of the day, it was quite emotional actually. ”

Buckley had his own issues to contend with in Perth, copping a $ 022, fine after he and his assistant Brenton Sanderson played tennis with Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik.

Collingwood are ‘happier’ since leaving the WA hub.
Camera Icon Collingwood are 'happier' since leaving the WA hub. Credit: Paul Kane / Getty Images

The coronavirus breach came just a day after Magpies president Eddie McGuire hit out at other clubs for not following COVID – 17 rules.

Buckley says off-field dramas weren't the only reason why Collingwood's form has faltered after starting life in WA with an impressive victory over Geelong.

Having key players, including captain Scott Pendlebury, sidelined hasn't helped the Magpies' cause.

The veteran midfielder is yet to recover from a quad injury and will sit out the clash with the Swans.

But key defender Jordan Roughead will come straight back into the side after being a surprise omission against the Dockers.

Buckley defended dropping the Western Bulldogs premiership player, saying the club needed to be smart about how it managed a weary group during a busy schedule of games.

“We try and put as balanced a 19 out as we can each week, ”Buckley said.

“ We know that we weren't going to be able to put the same 19 out on the park for the four games so we found an opportunity for (debutant) Mark Keane, who did some good things. ”

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The Millennial quest for happiness looks a lot like red eyes and burnout – Sydney Morning Herald

I’ve given up my house and sold my children, so that I can sleep under my desk and free up a bit more time to work. Let’s catch up when things ease off a bit.

This conversation might be fictional, but you’ve likely had a similar one, albeit slightly (but only slightly) less dramatic. We are, we constantly lament, exhausted, frazzled, stressed, burnt out, hanging on by a thread. Most women I know feel like pressure cookers about to explode.

Pandora Sykes: Our endless quest for happiness has become a job in itself.

Pandora Sykes: Our endless quest for happiness has become a job in itself. Credit: Getty

In October 2019, we were able to visualise the toll this strain would take on our future selves, thanks to a life-size doll named Emma. Created by the furniture company Fellowes, Emma is what women in the workplace will supposedly look like in 20 years: she has a hunched back, varicose veins, red eyes, swollen joints, eczema, swollen sinuses and ‘a rotund stomach caused by sedentary working’. She even has a hairy nose – the cherry on top of this depressing cupcake. To say that Emma made women feel even more fretful about work would be an understatement.

The modern pursuit of happiness and our determination to pin it down – as if it were something static that we could harness – takes myriad forms. But the one I find myself thinking about most often is how much this elusive concept of happiness centres on the idea of work; so that everything has become work, including the pursuit of happiness itself.

Unsurprisingly, unemployment is cited as the biggest cause of unhappiness. But even those who are employed, and whose basic needs are met, wrestle with constant feelings of anxiety. This is partly because of how precarious work has become, with the rise of zero-hour contracts, self-employment and the ‘gig’ economy.

For those of us fortunate enough to be in secure work, we live in an on-demand culture, a short-cut society, where we expect to have the best and be the best, and to value ourselves for our output rather than our motivation or conduct.

We are on an everlasting quest to find ‘the ideal work week’, in the hope that the winning formula will bring endless happiness, fulfilment and satisfaction.

Pandora Sykes, author of ‘How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right?’

Almost every single creed on work culture begins with our lamentable failure to achieve what the economist John Maynard Keynes predicted in 1930: that, thanks to techno-logical advances, we would work a 15-hour week. But where is such a week?! we cry.

This must be the reason we are not happy. And so we work harder and harder to find this utopia, without realising that we are getting further and further away from what Maynard Keynes actually meant. We are on an everlasting quest to find ‘the ideal work week’, in the hope that the winning formula will bring endless happiness, fulfilment and satisfaction.

The Easterlin Paradox states that as a country becomes richer, the population becomes happier; but that if you look at the individual, personal income does not equate to happiness. There is a threshold (last put at around £50,000 or about $90,670, in 2010), and anything earned above that threshold brings no additional happiness. But the Easterlin Paradox is controversial, and even amongst themselves, experts disagree.

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Indeed, to many the paradox may sound insulting. If I earned more money, I could put a deposit down for a flat. Buy that sofa; go on holiday to Bora Bora; buy my kid a new pair of sodding shoes. And yet it is common knowledge that plenty of rich people are very unhappy.

Easterlin’s theory, much-disputed though it may be, raises interesting questions about why (aside from to earn money) we work the way we work – if it’s not to find happiness.

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Pet of the week: Give Niobe a happier ending than her tragic namesake – South Coast Register

Are you looking for a stylish new housemate? The beautiful Niobe could be the cat for you. Niobe is a five-year-old, female domestic long haired cat, and she's on the prowl for a new family to call her own. In Greek mythology, Niobe's entire family was wiped out by the gods to punish her for hubris. While this Niobe may have good reason to be proud of her beautiful coat, she doesn't have to remain alone. Niobe needs a home where she will be kept inside and groomed regularly, to keep her looking her best. She doesn't like other animals and is scared of small children – ideally, she would be an only fur-child. In return she will shower you with love and affection. She loves snuggling up with people, and makes a purrfect companion for chilly winter evenings. If Niobe sounds like she'd be a good fit for your home, contact the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter on 4429 3410 to set up an appointment. Last weeks pet of the week, Rocco, has found a fabulous new forever home.

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Are you looking for a stylish new housemate? The beautiful Niobe could be the cat for you.

Niobe is a five-year-old, female domestic long haired cat, and she's on the prowl for a new family to call her own.

In Greek mythology, Niobe's entire family was wiped out by the gods to punish her for hubris.

While this Niobe may have good reason to be proud of her beautiful coat, she doesn't have to remain alone.

Niobe needs a home where she will be kept inside and groomed regularly, to keep her looking her best.

She doesn't like other animals and is scared of small children – ideally, she would be an only fur-child.

In return she will shower you with love and affection.

She loves snuggling up with people, and makes a purrfect companion for chilly winter ev enings.

If Niobe sounds like she ' d be a good fit for your home, contact the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter on 4429 3410 to set up an appointment.

Last weeks pet of the week, Rocco, has found a fabulous new forever home.