Happiness: Gavin Hoole's Personal Blog

Gavin Hoole

Welcome to my personal blog pages related to the theme of happiness and how to be happy. This is where I write off-the-cuff articles as the spirit moves me.

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Transcendence Of The Ego 
People talk about the death of the ego, or transcendence of the ego, and so on, as if the ego is some bad thing or concept that must be overcome. So, when …

A Beautiful Tribute To Jesse 
This beautiful video of unconditional love is very, very special. It was created, without any help, by Josh who has cerebral palsy. Josh is the son of …

Happiness Help Guides Online 
Looking for happiness help guides online, or in a library, can be a pretty daunting and frustrating task. Not only are there so many publications (websites, …

Finding Bliss Unexpectedly 
For many people, finding quiet inner bliss unexpectedly is an experience that most likely happens during childhood more than in adulthood. Young children's …

Gratitude - A Means Or A Result? 
Gratitude is said to be essential for creating a better life of health, wealth and happiness. But is this true? Is the daily journal, like the one Oprah …

Finding Bliss 
Finding bliss has two aspects: doing things that enliven bliss, and not doing things that create the opposite of bliss. I was with someone today (I'll …

Gross Domestic Happiness And The FIFA 2010 World Cup 
During the FIFA World Cup, the Gross Domestic Happiness of South Africa has undoubtedly sky-rocketed up to a whole new level. The challenge now …

Do Wisdom Quotes Really Help You? 
Since I started on Twitter recently, and on Facebook some time ago to keep in contact with my daughters overseas, I've noticed that a lot of people post …

Stream Of Consciousness 
Once upon a timelessness, in the land of Now, before any stream of consciousness begins to flow, there lives a hidden Isness. This Isness decides to expand …

Age of Enlightenment 
The Age of Enlightenment - also called the Age of Reason - generally refers to a period in Western history beginning around the early 17th century and …

Why Do People Stop Meditating? 
Given the reported benefits of meditation, then why do people stop meditating after they've decided to learn a meditation technique? Without having searched …

My Happy Baboon Burglar Made Me Laugh! 
Ever enjoyed some happy laughter just after a surprising or intimidating experience? Here's what happened to me. The bedroom door handle just turned, and …

Hubble Ultra Deep Field 3D 
This Hubble Ultra Deep Field 3D video offers a peep into the unimaginable vastness of the universe as we know it. Rather than spoil it with blah blah …

Can Music Enliven Happiness? 
Can music enliven happiness? In this video, a care-giver in an old-age home buys an old man some music from his younger days, when he loved to sing and …

Don't Judge 
Why do the sages say Don't judge ? And why do most people do it anyway? Probably the main reason for this wisdom advice is that humans use only a small …

Sayings To Live By - Not 
Of all the sayings to live by, the one featured here is NOT one of them. It puts you into victim consciousness. There are many good sayings to live by, …

Market Surveys And Happiness 
Market surveys can be fun, or they can be a pain in the butt at times, and can tend to drop our happiness level temporarily. Take a moment to consider …

Happiness In The Fifties 
It's been a while since I wrote a blog post here. My life has been quite busy in various ways. One recent milestone was that I turned 70 in November …

Happy Birthday Gift Idea 
Looking for a happy birthday gift idea that costs no money at all? Here's one that I thought of this past weekend, and it has been a great success for …

Self Improvement Advice 
I believe that self-improvement advice should include the question of how and when to do the practices one is following. And it is my contention that a …

Ego Development 
Save the ego! Replace ego-bashing with effective ego development, doing it nature's way. I wish the self-improvement fraternity would stop demonizing the …

Happy Family 
As a happy father, I thought I'd share with you this spontaneous exchange of Facebook messages that took place this week. It started with a post by my …

Cosmic Perspective 
Here's an awesome and inspiring galactic slide show (with background music) that puts a cosmic perspective to our human problems. Spiritually, it touches …

Stop Indecision - One of The Ways To Relieve Stress 
In one of his books, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi explains: "When the flow of a particular desire is obstructed by another flow, energy is produced at the point …

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