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Today, March 20th, is International Happiness Day. I have just finished reading an epic book entitled Sapiens, a Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari. I have loved this book, which is an account of our story from apes to rulers of the world, describing many revolutions along our journey, including the cognitive, agricultural and scientific revolutions. Near the end of the book Hara...
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The virtuous cycle of kindness

Performing an act of kindness or helping someone in a small way leads to feelings of happiness in you as well as the person you have been kind to. I heard this described on the radio yesterday as a ‘virtuous cycle’. When you smile at someone you don’t know, help someone with a heavy bag, send a kind message to someone, or perform any altruistic act of kindness there are apparently positive bod...
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