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If you've got problems at home, at work, or in your personal life, Graham Easton finds that there's no shortage of experts who will be glad to help...
Tuesdays 3, 10 and 17 August  2004 11.00-11.30am

There are coaches, counsellors and therapists of all sorts who claim to be able to smooth over family rifts, boost your self-confidence and make you successful at the office. But who are these experts, how are they trained and how did the theories underlying their work evolve? And most important of all, can they actually help you? 

Graham Easton investigates these experts who claim to have uncovered the solution to mastering the complexities of everyday life, and discovers whether there really are only a few easy steps to a life full of wealth health and happiness. Can it really be that easy?

The Forsyte Family Portrait

Programme 1: Happy Families

Just like any team, the family is a tricky unit of different personalities, complex relationships and power struggles.

With our hectic lifestyles it's very easy to feel overwhelmed in trying to keep our families ticking along in happy harmony, be it trying to get your toddler to eat it's greens, or battling with a demanding teenager, or even negotiating with your husband or wife whose turn it is to cook the dinner.

These all seem like small problems but can cause immense strain and tension within a family.

But now, there is no need to struggle alone. Parent Coaches, Parent Groups, Teen coaching and even family therapy is all on offer to help you be the master or mistress of your own home.

Graham talks to the experts about whether family life is getting harder, and hears from families who have turned to these experts to help them sort out their family life, and finds out whether it really works.

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colleagues on a motivational course

Programme 2: Getting on in business.

Businesses spend huge amounts of money sending employees on courses to improve their productivity and effectiveness at work.

From trampling around North Wales in an attempt to bond with your team, to doing a course in telephone negotiation, to one to one business counselling, there are no shortage of experts and training courses out there to help you become a happier, more efficient employee.

Graham Easton attends a few of these courses and uncovers the theories that underpin many of these training initiatives to see if they really work.

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Programme 3: Tea and Sympathy - achieving happiness

How do you achieve happiness in your personal life? There are no shortage of self-help books out there offering us the solution to everlasting happiness and contentment. And if you are not satisfied with them, why not try a life coach, or life strategist, or a spot of therapy.

There are now many more counsellors in the UK than GP, and there is strong evidence to suggest that in many cases of mild depression, counselling can be more effective than drug treatment.

But are we as a nation getting more and more unhappy, or are we simply far more concerned with our wellbeing, and state of mind, then we have been in the past.

Graham goes on a personal quest to find happiness and fulfilment and visits a life coach, a therapist, a positive psychologist and an image consultant to see if they can set him in the right direction.

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