Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Does happiness have a price?

Curiously, the Royal Academy of Arts isn’t making too much of a fuss about the Haunch of Venison Gallery's Krug Happiness Exhibition. Leading designers and celebrities are donating items for sale - all proceeds going to the Academy's coffers (and all publicity to the sponsors and donors).

So is happiness really a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes? Is this what we are striving towards... the stuff of our innermost dreams and desires? Really?

With global economic problems affecting all of us, we may not think there’s much to look forward to in 2012. But the New Year is a time for resolutions - and making the right changes can help us to live happily ever after... yes, even without the luxury designer trimmings.

It’s not just our financial system that’s changed dramatically in recent years, social structures have been smashed up too – without recourse to moral or familial ties. Rules and responsibility don’t seem to exist any more. We feel like we’re victims… but aren’t we actually the culprits?

Why can’t we be accountable for our actions? And why don’t we work together to help make the world a better place for all of us (so long as we can agree on exactly what that entails).

It’s never too late to start over again, but changing directions is always going to involve taking some risks. And we have to be brave…

I’ve read a lot of personal development books in my time and, after a while, they all start to sound the same. However, this book (left) takes rather a unique angle – helping us to develop “the habit of curiosity.” Did you know that curiosity is both a cure for boredom and the key to discovering what we really want? Georges Philips' book is full of useful ideas and exercises to help us crystallize our ideas – and, most importantly, to put our plans for the future into action.

For those curious to become happier and more successful, we’re giving away a signed copy of this life-changing book. To enter the draw for a free copy of a signed edition of Georges Philips’ transformational book, simply email us at, quoting Change Directions by 31st December.

Oh, and do take a look at the Action for Happiness website too - their video says that, in terms of happiness, we're stuck in the '50s - well, I suppose we can always sell our memories:-)

Will you?

PS I’ll let you know shortly what new directions ShopCurious will be taking in 2012…


Jan said...

Much to ponder from this post Susan!
I'll get back to you.

worm said...

viva la curious! looking forward to 2012!

I've made all my xmas presents myself this year, foodie ones, (duck prosciutto and sea salt chocolate and pistachio snaps) and it has been great fun (although I am rather nervous now incase I poison anybody)

Susan said...

I won't hold my breath, Jan!

Your homemade gifts sound curiously delicious, worm - I hope the recipients are as satisfied as you are, having created them with your own fair hands.

Profoundly Superficial said...

God, those Manolos would make me seriously happy...

David said...

Great post Susan, and the shoes are FANTASTIC! Yours?

Jill said...

Well...those shoes are pretty spectacular.