I learnt last week that one country in the
actively seeks to increase its Gross National
Happiness rather than its Gross National Product.
Tucked away in the Himalayan region the Kindgom of
has come to understand that once peoples' basic needs
have been met extra income adds little if anything to
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
encourage us to pursue these basic things?
are told that we need to earn more money in order to
acquire this season's fashion look or latest ipod
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.
|Recycle your specs
They reckon 200 million people around the world need
glasses every year, but can't afford them.
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... »
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
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
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.
Take me to The Parlour »
|What's that you said?
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... »
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