Twelve years ago, the BBC ran a short series called Making Slough Happy.
I think they probably chose Slough because it has a reputation for being a rather glum place (apologies to all who live there).
There was of course a book to go along with the TV show (How To Be Happy by Liz Hoggard, BBC Books), and browsing through it, I came across a few little nuggets about happiness.
Here are three for you:
1. If you do 20 minutes of exercise three times a week for six months, your general feeling of happiness will improve by 10-20 per cent.
2. People who rate in the upper reaches of happiness on psychological tests develop about 50 per cent more antibodies than average in response to flu vaccines.
3. Immigrants tend to acquire the happiness characteristics of the nation to which they move, not the nation in which they were born.
I’ll pop another three in Friday’s message.