# Go out and see a good movie. A romantic comedy - something like "Bridget Jones's Diary" or "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"- usually works well.
# Treat yourself often to something 'cheap and cheerful' that you like - chocolates, flowers, a magazine, a cake, a CD. It costs little and you're worth it.
# Cultivate a few favourite places to eat and drink outside the home. Then, when you go to familiar caf� or restaurant where you like the ambience and the menu and the staff know you, you'll feel comfortable and content.
# Stretch yourself physically. At the mimimum, regularly go for a brisk walk - it will raise your spirits. If you can, join a gym and take more vigorous exercise - it will make you feel good and lengthen your life.
# Stretch yourself mentally. Go on courses on different subjects - they don't have to be academic courses (they can be at your local college) and they don't have to be long (they can be as short as a day or even half day).
# Stretch yourself geographically. Go to places you've never seen before. Even in your home town, try taking a different route than usual and notice the different locations that you've never seen before.
# Do something you've never done before, like visiting a particular art gallery or museum or going to a ballet or opera (or even just taking a different route to a familiar location). You'll probably surprise yourself at how much love it and you'll have found a new interest.
# If you can afford it, take regular holidays in different countries and savour different cultures.
# Keep a diary or journal. It will give structure to your life, an easy way to revisit good times, and a reminder that bad times don't last.
# Take lots of photos. You'll love looking at happy times and old friends.
# Have a political vision on how to create a better world - and do something to make that vision more of a reality.
# If you can believe, have a religious faith. (I can't. I believe that this life is all there is - so, all the more reason to make it happy).
# Arrange strong IT support. In this age of technological dependence, little is more upsetting than PC or Internet problems, so at work have a great relationship with the IT Department and at home have a techie friend or a local IT professional whom you can call upon when in trouble.
# One way of dealing with a difficult problem is to imagine how you will feel about that problem next week, next month, next year. Now try to bring those feelings into the present. It will give you a sense of perspective. Problems rarely look so formidable in retrospect.
# If you are uncomfortable or frightened about a situation, try to take yourself to a mental safe place which you have previously created in your mind and where you feel relaxed and comfortable. It might be an imaginary garden or beach or just an image of your study or bedroom.
# If you're stuck for advice on a problem, ask a taxi driver. Cab drivers think they know everything and they don't charge you extra for giving you solutions to all the world's problems for the duration of the journey.
# If you're down, remember it could be a lot worse. If you need reminding, read "Still Me" by Christopher Reeve (quadriplegic) or "The Diving Bell And The Butterfly" by Jean-Dominique Baulby (locked-in syndrome) .
# If you've still got problem and you're still down, remember the line from the actor Jason Lee, in his role as Brian Shelby, in the movie "Vanilla Sky": "Without the bitter, baby, the sweet ain't as sweet" .
# As M People put it in their pop song, "Look for the hero inside yourself". You are someone very special - so you should respect yourself. If you can't, why should anyone else?
# Regularly consider affirmative statements or aphorisms.
# Whatever your age, it's never too young to start planning your retirement. Regularly increase your mortgage repayments and pension contributions - this is a sensible use of the money you don't need for current expenditure and it will increase your longer-term lifestyle options.
# Make a will, detailing the arrangement for your funeral and the dispersion of your assets. The only thing certain about your life is that it will end, so have peace of mind that the circumstances that follow your death will as far as possible be as you wish them to be.
# Make arrangements to donate your organs on your death. That way, even your leaving of this world will give something special to others.
# Remember that all generalisations are dangerous (even this one). So don't regard these tips as instructions, but as suggestions.
# However, if you try out all these suggestions and you're still not happy, you're either an android or an alien. In the former case, see an electronics engineer - or watch "Blade Runner" . In the latter case, go home to your own planet and tell your people that we humans will survive.