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 A pot full of inspirational ideas from Today was Fun®. .  
March 2005 
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I learnt last week that one country in the world actively seeks to increase its Gross National Happiness rather than its Gross National Product. Tucked away in the Himalayan region the Kindgom of Bhutan has come to understand that once peoples' basic needs have been met extra income adds little if anything to their happiness.

People seek connectedness, love, respect and fun in life, things that can't be bought. I love taking time out to call my mum or share a cup of afternoon tea with a friend. Breathing in the fresh air on a morning walk or watching the sky as the sun sets costs relatively little if anything at all. So why doesn't our society actively encourage us to pursue these basic things?

Instead we are told that we need to earn more money in order to acquire this season's fashion look or latest ipod gadget.

I'm constantly revisiting my list of things that make me happy and I'll have it ready next time a politician asks me what I would like them to do to make the country I live in a happier place. Sharyn

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  • Tea time
  • Recycle your specs
  • Tea Treatments
  • What's that you said?

  • Recycle your specs
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    They reckon 200 million people around the world need glasses every year, but can't afford them.

    People who can't see properly, can't do their jobs - and kids who can't see properly, can't learn at school.

    Apparently most people who wear glasses have more than one pair. Given that you can only wear one pair at once there's every chance at least one pair of glasses is sitting at the back of your sock drawer. Which is a shame as they could be sitting on someone's nose helping them read and write.

    So don't bin your old specs. Recycle 'em.

    you're right they were in my sock drawer... »

    Tea Treatments
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    The Parlour is a luxurions mini day spa tucked away in Shoreditch, East London. They are about to launch a range of treatments based on our four Tea and Philosophy blends.

    The Inspiration Tea Facial with lemongrass and orange essential oils mirrors the Inspiration Tea blend perfectly and is guaranteed to leave your skin glowing for hours afterwards. (The Indian head massage is also wonderful.) Their Duo room is the perfect excuse to share a Friendship facial with a close girlfriend. And a Happiness treatment will leave you feeling just that. Best of all you dont just get to sip the tea while you are there they also give you a bag to take home as you leave.

    For further information call The Parlour on 020 7729 6969 or visit their website for a sneak preview of what to expect when you arrive.

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    What's that you said?
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    I discovered your organisation when a dear friend bought me your Friendship Tea at Christmas. It was the nicest gift I received, and we really enjoyed sitting down together and drinking it, talking about the future of the world." Red James - www.thenuclearfamily.co.uk

    "I have just read through your web site and the contents of it have brought a huge smile to my face." Mel - United Kingdom

    "Did you know that my wife now takes off every Friday too? She spends the day taking care of herself: Yoga or a run to start with, bagel and coffee, then a haircut, manicure or movie, or sometimes all of the above!" Li Low - NYC

    What else you said... »

    Tea time
    The ANZAC biscuit, as it is known today, was a welcome addition to the basic rations which were issued to Australian and New Zealand soldiers during the Galipoli campaign of 1915.

    Mothers, wives and sweethearts baked these cookies for the soldiers overseas. They also sold them back home to raise funds for the war effort.

    They are a wonderfully old fashioned biscuit full of oats, golden syrup and butter and can still be found in any good Aussie cookie jar.

    Mum's ANZAC Biscuit recipe

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