Why this blog?

Because wherever you are, you can have more happiness and for more of the time than you ever imagined. 'Do more of what you like, and less of what you don't!' (c) Richard Walker, 2009. And because happiness is often misunderstood. "Do you live to work, or do you work to live?" I reckon happy people do both at the same time. Make the decision now to tenaciously seek out what feels good – and find ways of doing more of it - rather than settle for “not bad.” There's a big difference. And when it comes to making changes, that's what I specialise in at abetterlife-uk.com and http://hertscollegeofhypnosisandnlp.co.uk

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Friday, August 31, 2012


Happiness - Discover the Hidden Truth

7.15 pm Wed 5th Sept Harpenden, Herts <venue> just £5

Some of you will know that I have just completed my PhD research into the nature of happiness. I made some astounding discoveries, and would like to give you an early opportunity to share in them.
Michael Fordyce, a major early contributor to modern happiness research, said that happiness may be the ultimate human paradox - it is the one thing people want most in life, yet the one thing they know nothing about. What did he mean?
Actually, I found that there is way more to this than you will find in any of the happiness guidance out there. Here are some of the big questions:
-        Is there a difference between feelings and happiness?
-        Are some people naturally happier? Why?
-        Are some kinds of happiness “better” than others?
-        What influences happiness?
-        How does goal-setting relate to happiness?
-        Why your goals may lead to unhappiness
-        The problem with positive thinking and positive psychology
-        What about spirituality?
-        Why does happiness matter?
Discover the answers and what practical steps you can take to achieve your own happiness, and for coaching others. This Wed, 7.15 at the The Friends Meeting House, 12 Southdown Road, Harpenden Herts AL5 1PD. <venue>

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Learn Hypnosis - no previous training required!
How to hypnotise and manage a hypnosis therapy session. Includes training in smoking cessation and eating control. No previous experience required. Four weekends, starting 20 & 21 October, fortnightly. Recognised GHSC Foundation Level certification. Free pre-study book. Last chance this year - don't miss out Read more here.

Discover the power of NLP
Introduction & Module 1 starting Sep 1 & 2.  Continue your studies fortnightly to Certified Practitioner level. Small and friendly yet focused group. Benefit from Richard's renowned depth of knowledge, whilst having fun too! Read more hereContact Richard for booking information.

NLP Master Practitioner 
Fifteen days - starting 20 & 21 October, then same fortnightly for eight weekends. Small and friendly yet focused group. Read more here.Contact Richard for booking information.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Five simple tips for making marketing videos:
Lou Bortone - free video.

Rich Scheffren - business tips
is an internet marketing legend of the first order, and he has a free event coming up. According to Rich, many questionable, so-called Internet marketing "gurus" each selling their own "tactic of the month." Are you guilty of frantically looking for the "one thing" that will finally work for you on-line? A real "silver bullet"... a "magic button" that fills your bank account with cash... and lets you spend all day on the golf course or the beach? Well don't worry. There is a much better way to get what you want out of life. And it's NOT learning and gathering more Internet marketing "tactics"...

Here's how to make it with a REAL on-line business, leveraging the experience of the REAL "guru to the Internet business gurus"... Rich Scheffren... as your driving force! Get Your Spot Here

A shocking new look at nutrition and health
Clive de Carle has done a great deal of research about nutrition, and reversed hos own chronic arthritis, for example. He has helped others with heart disease and even cancer. What he has to say is quite controversial. This brief interview gives you an idea of what he has to say. (He is the second interviewee - about 15mins 45sec into the video)

Beat anger by imagining you're a fly on the wall
Anger is "the elephant in the room in mental health" according to The Mental Health Foundation. In a recent survey, a third of respondents said they knew someone with an anger problem. Anger is often made worse by misguided folk wisdom that says it's a good idea to reflect on your feelings and vent them. In fact, past research has shown that ruminating and venting anger make it worse.
A new study tests the idea that anger can be dissipated by mentally distancing oneself from the situation - as if viewing proceedings from the perspective of a fly on the wall. There's evidence that this is beneficial, but before now this was derived from studies that merely asked people to imagine frustrating scenarios. This is kind of validation of a basic process in NLP (dissociation). Read more

Told you so
Adding women makes your team smarter - fact. A new study shows companies perform better when they have women on their boards.  Check out this story and video at CNBC.   Here is the upshot: "Credit Suisse analyzed more than 2,500 companies and found that companies with more than one woman on the board have outperformed those with no women on the board by 26 percent since 2005."