Howie’s Hot Five for…11 September 2009

5: Let’s start with the simple stuff…the 7 steps to Happiness

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This is the simplest, most thorough, scientifically proven list we’ve seen in a longtime…

To skip straight to the ‘font’ click here

The big H is proving elusive for the ‘me’ generation ….so to give you the shortcuts… the world’s psychologists + science leaning shrinks when put through the wringer say the Big H…is

7 steps to happiness.

Be positive –  makes you more attractive and resilient – lowers your blood pressure – less colds …better sleep.

Be Brave – Studies show people regret not having done things much more than they regret things they did and didn’t do well at…these last ones make up your funny stories for life!

Meditate – Stressed execs when taught say they start to observe their emotions and behaviour rather than get lost in them …and themselves…

Be Kind to yourself: start talking nicely to yourself

Put your pesmissim to work…imagine what might go wrong and then what happens? In other words so what!

Find a calling: Work less, earn less, accumulate less and ‘consume’ more family time, holidays and other enjoyable activities – or do religion, teaching, political campaigning, garage band practice,choir, etc etc CONNECT

Act Happy: scientifically proven this helps… Express gratitude, cultivate optimism, avoid obsessing over stuff others opinions – mix liberally with acts of kindness

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And a bonus…Saviour life’s little joys…slow down and enjoy that coffee, new Kylie album…

4: Beatles mania = Beatles MONO.  Who would have thought it was MONO tripping off everyone’s lips as the Beatles come a calling for yet another whack at baby boomer wallets this week.

Audio freaks say – coz Beatles recorded in mono not stereo – then mono is the grail.


But this past week has been a bonanza for Beatles boffins…. Check out the…for brilliant features…

click here for…

Why The Beatles are underrated

and the beatles as a great rock band…simple as that…

and phew…Japanese Bootleg MONO from first Beatles ablum…plug laptop into your stereo and HEAR the difference…

3: Term of the week: Consequential Strangers… this is the power of people who don’t seem to matter but do…

The guy who serves you coffee at your local, the woman you deal with at the front desk of the gym…these people are vital in your social network…and now there’s a book about it… called

click here…

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The Extras in your life… the importance of individuals we often take for granted yet who enrich our lives in ways not immediately noticeable but it’s proven they are highly significant – especially if you’ve just lost a job etc – those idle chats to acquaintances in other words in reality lead to more prospects than close friends…

2:  The following Top 10 List represents the 10 most downloaded books (illegally) this year. Each has been downloaded at least 250,000 times since January 2009 – it’s from the Christian Science Monitorone of, if not the most unbiased, thorough news services in the world… in short it’s all about DIY EROTICA

1. Kamasutra

2. Adobe Photoshop Secrets

3. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amazing Sex

4. The Lost Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci,

5. Solar House – A Guide for the Solar Designer

6. Before Pornography – Erotic Writing In Early Modern England,

7. Twilight – Complete Series

8. How To Get Anyone To Say YES – The Science Of Influence,

9. Nude Photography – The Art And The Craft

10. Fix It – How To Do All Those Little Repair Jobs Around The Home

1: Go Girls…the TV show set in the North Shore (Takapuna!?)….the Australians are loving it…simple as that…

Amy, Britta, Cody and Kev – more North Shore names could not be dreamed up…

here’s a teaser

and read The Sydney Morning Herald rave here

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