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    <DIV ="sh">Path to true happiness 'revealed' </DIV></DIV></TD></TR>
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    <DIV ="cap"></DIV></DIV></TD></TR></T></T></TABLE><!- E IIMA -><!- S SF ->Experts believe they have found the essential ingredients to make a person's life happier.


    In an unusual three-month experiment, six specialists from a variety of disciplines worked to improve the happiness levels of a typical UK town.


    The experts tried and tested 10 simple measures in the quest for happiness.


    They found successful strategies included nurturing a plant, smiling at strangers and cutting television viewing by a half. <!- E SF ->


    A four-part observational documentary series, Making Slough Happy, beginning on BBC Two on Tuesday, follows the team and their progress.


    The happiness team includes psychologist Dr Richard Stevens, psychotherapist Brett Kahr, work place specialists Jessica Pryce-Jones and Philippa Chapman, social entrepreneur Andrew Mawson OBE and Richard Reeves, whose expertise spans philosophy, public policy and economics.


    During the series, they take 50 volunteers from Slough, with the aim of planting the "seeds of happiness" amongst this core group who will then spread their cheer to others in a ripple effect.


    Dr Stevens explained: "The volunteers will take their newfound skills and attitudes out into the community, and in this way we will begin to change the psychological climate of Slough."


    Based on best knowledge and research, the team came up with a 10-point plan for happiness.


    The experts measured the happiness levels of the Slough volunteers before, during and after the end of the project to assess if their methods were effective.


    Throughout their experiment, the expert team face the challenge of selling their science to a potentially sceptical public, unprepared for their unconventional approach - from dancing in a supermarket aisle, to a spot of graveyard therapy and tree hugging. </TD></TR></T></T></TABLE>
    The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad.
    - Salvador Dali (1904-1989)
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