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November/December 2011

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Wellbeing: Happy People, Happy Planet

In an uplifting issue exploring the theme of happiness and wellbeing, we ask “What does it mean to be happy and how can we achieve and maintain this elusive state?”

This issue brings together activists and academics working within the field of happiness, including Herman Daly, Richard Layard and Anthony Seldon. Plus, Rob Hopkins looks at why engaged activism increases wellbeing, and the Happy Planet Index reveals the ‘happiest nation’.

True wellbeing embraces all aspects of life, leading happy people to make better choices for themselves and for the future of the planet.

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Wellbeing: Happy People, Happy Planet The Gift of Happiness

Do you really know what makes you happy? Robert Holden, director of The Happiness Project, explores the correlation between money and greater happiness.

He takes a look at how our definition of happiness impacts on the decisions we make in life, and why happiness should be high on everyone’s agenda.

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The Great Reskilling The Great Reskilling

People are responding to the failure in markets by rediscovery the joy of making, and finding that creativity supersedes the short-lived and disappointing 'sugar highs' of passive consumerism.

Andrew Simms and Ruth Potts report on why going back to making (and making do) heralds a return to happier times.

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Transition and Wellbeing Transition and Wellbeing

Rob Hopkins reports on five years of transition – a movement spreading rapidly across the UK and beyond. Originally grounded in environmental activism, Transition now embraces a whole new cultural movement.

This article explores why people love the Transition movement, what works and what it means for the future.

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Chocolate CrackpotsChocolate Crackpots

I made myself very happy, by cooking with lovely ingredients, making something delicious for my willing tasters, and, not least, having great scary fun with my little cook's blowtorch.

Jane Hughes, our vegetarian foodie, invents a new dish combining dark chocolate, ginger and cream in celebration of food and happiness.

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Stillness in Schools...read here

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A Journey of Beginnings...read here

Trust Me...read here

This month's web exclusives

Pictorial harmony • Anita Klein
The Lessons of Pilgrimage • Adam Weymouth
The Secret Lives of Bees • Helen Jukes
Fukushima and our Hubris • Claus Biegert
Reversion to the Local • Julian Rose
Transcending the Matrix • Nicola Jones
Reading the Signs • Jerry Glover
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Steps Towards Happiness • Peter Owen Jones
Which Way Now? • Tony Juniper
The Happy Planet Index • Benjamin D. Hennig

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