Positive Mental Attitude

There is more to happiness than simply being told we're happy

In the dystopian 1921 novel We, Russian novelist Yevgeny Zamyatin paints a picture of a society where everyone must be happy. In that perfect world, people practise self-hypnosis by telling themselves: 'I am so happy ... so happy.'

Sunday, 29 April, 2012, 12:00am

In search of happiness

If luxury is a way of life, happiness is even more so. Hongkongers know how to work hard and play hard. They know all about achievements and they invest smartly. But at the end of the day, are they happy? According to the World Happiness Report commissioned by the United Nations, our city is ranked 67th worldwide.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Guru of happiness draws in the crowds

If you've run into a few people who seem to have had a weight lifted off their shoulders it might be because they've had an audience with Avdhoot Baba Shivanand, the Indian guru who's been preaching non-religious sermons (no, that's not a contradiction in terms) in Hong Kong this week.

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Stigma of dropping back a year may hurt self-esteem

My son is one of the youngest in his Primary Two class. He is finding his school work very difficult and is behind his peers, particularly in reading and writing. I feel he should be moved down a year group even though he has lots of friends in the class. I have discussed my worries with his teacher and she agrees he's struggling with his work.

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


We need more sports facilities

I am concerned about the shortage of sport facilities in Hong Kong.

A recent study shows that nearly one in five Hongkongers are obese, partly because of a lack of exercise. But even if many of these people chose to take part in sports, it would be difficult to find sports facilities for all of them.

30 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Modesty's value differs East to West

Being modest can boost your self- esteem if you hail from East Asia. But for people in Western societies, not so much. That, at least, is what professor Cai Huajian of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and an international research team have found.

29 May 2011 - 12:00am

Happiness rises when culture thrives

Hong Kong has been variously described as a pressure cooker and a cultural desert. A new overseas study shines a light on the connection between the two.

All work and no play - or at least, all work and no cultural activity - do make life duller. That's the finding of a Norwegian study, whose results can be applied to our city.

26 May 2011 - 12:00am


Applied learning courses helpful

26 May 2011 - 12:00am

Eight ways to find success

From his work on television and as a public speaker, psychologist Rob Yeung has learned the importance of combining education with entertainment, and he uses that formula to good effect in his latest book, The Extra One Per Cent: How Small Changes Make Exceptional People, which leavens solid research with insights, success stories and ideas that anyone can apply.

25 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Play is not a waste of time, but vital for a child's development

Under the government's pre-primary education voucher scheme, parents receive HK$12,000 for each of their children attending non-profit kindergarten. It also encourages some zealous parents to send their children to two schools. This policy has attracted a lot of criticism that it will deprive young children of playtime and enjoying a happy childhood.

5 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Is money essential to happiness?

Naomi Ng, 17, Diocesan Girls' School

They say love makes the world go round. But in fact, it's money that does. There's no such thing as a free lunch, and we need to eat. Even oxygen costs sometimes - scuba divers must buy expensive oxygen tanks, and people with asthma invest in inhalers.

11 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Don't worry, be happy - and stop bickering about a pay rise

Police are a pretty disgruntled bunch these days. Despite being the best paid of the disciplined services, Asia's finest want more. No, sorry, that's not how they put it. It's not about refusing to share the pain with the rest of us, which they say they are happy to do - not.

4 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Lawmakers, education policies rankle

20 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

It's the little things that matter

Parents are happiest when their children show them consideration and are willing to chat, a survey by political group New Century Forum has found. Academic performance was the least important factor affecting parents' happiness. Youth drug abuse and gambling were their biggest fears.

9 May 2009 - 12:00am

Please yourself

You do everything to make others happy - but what about yourself?

16 Mar 2009 - 12:00am