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A Change Won't Do You Good!

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 26 February 2013

With a popular chocolate biscuit changing its recipe, Vanessa asks - what else has changed for the worse? Plus termagant is Vanessa's latest Word Of The Day and Mark Ghinn in Wiltshire is Vanessa's Jolly Good Fellow.

Music Played

15 items
  • Image for The O'Jays

    The O'Jays Love Train

    Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Petula Clark

    Petula Clark Cut Copy Me

    Petula, Sony, 1

  • Image for Take That

    Take That Everything Changes

    Take That - Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Guitar Man

    Elvis - The Legend (Vol 3), RCA

  • Image for Bon Jovi

    Bon Jovi Because We Can

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Mama Cass

    Mama Cass It's Getting Better

    Sweet Talkin' Guy - Sound Of 60's Gal, Old Gold

  • Image for Neil Diamond

    Neil Diamond Beautiful Noise

    Neil Diamond - Beautiful Noise, Columbia

  • Image for Alison Moyet

    Alison Moyet Love Resurrection

    Alison Moyet Singles, Columbia

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for Carpenters

      Carpenters Sweet Sweet Smile

      The Carpenters - Yesterday Once More, A&M

  • Image for Stereophonics

    Stereophonics Indian Summer

    (CD Single), Stylus Records, 1

  • Image for Aswad

    Aswad Shine

    Now 1994 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Image for Bruno Mars

    Bruno Mars When I Was Your Man

    Unorthodox Jukebox, Atlantic, 1

  • Image for Billy Joel

    Billy Joel Just The Way You Are

    Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Vol.1, CBS

  • Mark Ghinn's birthday number 1

    • Image for The Seekers

      The Seekers I'll Never Find Another You

      The Seekers, EMI

  • Image for Josh Groban

    Josh Groban Brave

    All That Echoes, Reprise, 1

  • Pause For Thought with the author Shelina Janmohamed

    Pause For Thought with the author Shelina Janmohamed

    I’ve just recently upgraded my mobile phone. The shiny chunk of metal with its gleaming screen arrived home a few weeks ago, and when I held the object of desire in my hands, it felt like something I had been missing had finally arrived. I felt happy.

    After my brief tingle of excitement, I asked myself - more soberly - if it was really the object that had made me so excited and whether money had just bought me happiness.

    According to scientific research it turns out that money can indeed buy happiness. Money that gets you out of crushing poverty, and all the basic misery associated with it, undoubtedly improves happiness. After that, it’s relative. If I have more than my peers, I feel happy. But after a certain point, more money doesn’t make us more happy.

    The research identifies the different ways we spend money that really give us different amounts of happiness. Buying things makes us happy, just like me and my phone. After that we spend our money on experiences. And finally on other people.

    And it’s this final act that increases our happiness the most. As the saying goes “there is more pleasure in giving than receiving”. And now we have science to say the same thing.

    And yet despite knowing this we continue to aspire to gain more money and more things which don’t necessarily improve our happiness. Most of us spend so little time doing good things, things that make us truly happy.

    Unfortunately, those things that make us happy aren’t very fashionable. Expressing our gratitude for what we have improves our state of mind, but isn’t always very cool. It seems harder than ever to be randomly kind to a stranger without having your motives suspected. And sometimes it’s just pure lethargy: it’s easier to be unhappy and moan about it, than to go out there, do some good and be happy.

    According to the Prophet Muhammad, one very vital form of giving to others is smiling. It’s easy and contagious and will brighten up someone’s day. And if you’re still doubtful, according to science, smiling makes us feel better too. So to start all of our days in a positive way – this smile is just for you.

  • Word Of The Day

    Word Of The Day

    Termagant - a quarrelsome, scolding or overbearing woman, a virago


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