10 steps to change your mood

Slough: your happy place

There are 10 steps to happiness. At least, that’s what it said in a 2005  study by the BBC.

Now, I always imagined that material wealth might go some way to making me happy – or at least make my grumpiness a little more bearable – but it seems that one of the findings of the study was that you cannot enhance your well-being by having more material things. Really? I never knew poverty could be so much fun!

But far be it for me to disagree with Aunty Beeb. After all, this gives me the perfect excuse reason to ask you to send me your cash. Yes indeed, I’m so generous that I’m willing to take on the burden all your material wealth. Just send it to me in an envelope marked “Stuff: Up my Happiness in 10 Steps!” and I’ll do the rest.

By the way, the BBC’s study was called, “Making Slough Happy”. Yes, Slough – the inspiration for poets:

Come, friendly bombs and fall on Slough

It isn’t fit for humans now


Anyway, not to be outdone, I’ve wasted no expense on working out my own 10 steps. I’ve never been there, but I’m sure most people people in Slough follow them. And I guarantee that your mood will change:

  1. Plant something and watch it die.
  2. Count your blessings. Ask yourself why other people have so much more than you.
  3. Take time to share your opinions. With everyone. Constantly.
  4. Phone a friend whom you have not spoken to for a while. Ask them why they never call.
  5. Give yourself a treat every single day. The novelty will soon wear off.
  6. Give someone a good laugh at least once a day. After all, you’re a bit of a clown, aren’t you?
  7. Exercise. For an hour. At least twice a day. (That which doesn’t make us stronger will surely kill us).
  8. Smile at and/or say hello to a stranger at least once each day. Try not to get punched by her boyfriend.
  9. Cut your TV viewing by half. Watch DVDs instead.
  10. Do good turns to people who don’t want them done. Taking old ladies across busy roads that they don’t want to cross really is fun.

If that lot doesn’t make you feel different about life, think some more on Slough. The BBC funded an entire series dedicated to making Slough happy. We’re sure that they did their best. It follows, therefore, that you will never experience happiness greater than the happiness you experience in Slough. So, this one thing is true:

Slough is your happy place

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