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Why your vagus nerve is crucial to your wellbeing

Did you know that you have this amazing bundle of nerves originating at the top of your spinal chord called the vagus nerve? This nerve is sometimes referred to as the care taking nerve and is one of the great mind-body nexuses in the human nervous system. The vagus nerve wanders through your body (vagus […]

Why staying connected is so vital to happiness

I was listening to ABC radio conversations this week on my way to give a happiness presentation to the staff at Cancer Council Queensland (CCQ). It was so ironic because ABC journalist Sarah Kanowski was chatting to Hugh Mackay a social researcher. The topic of conversation was how the state of the nation begins in […]

Where the wild things are

The phrase ‘Where the wild things are’ popped into my mind this morning as I walked along a path unknown. I giggled to myself because I am so not wild and I rarely go anywhere adventurous. ‘Where the wild things are’ is a wonderful children’s book that I read to my boys over and over […]

Perfectionism the art of unhappiness

I am sure that in some small way everyone has a bit of perfectionism inside of them. However, some of us have perfectionism installed in us in a BIG way and I’m telling you it’s a sure way too unhappiness. For a long time I have been trying to cure myself of the need for […]

Why kindness is key!

I have always believed in kindness no matter what. Kindness to myself, to my family, to my friends, to other human beings and to animals as well. Sometimes I don’t get kindness right but I always strive to be kind and not right. Kindness goes hand in hand with compassion. The definition of compassion is […]

Rewire your brain for a happy 2018

It’s the third week of January and I am only just starting to feel ready for another year.  As I mentioned in my blog before Christmas, just because the date turns over to 1 January it doesn’t mean you wake up, instantly reenergized and ready for the New Year. In fact, I felt no different. […]

My top 12 learnings for 2017

For my final blog of the year I thought I would share with you my top 12 learnings for 2017. I love learning new things and constantly say to myself  “The day I stop learning is the day I stop living.”  Love of learning appears in my top five strengths and also my top five […]

How to move on when you make a mistake

Oh my goodness I stuffed up so bad the other week. It’s a great story to tell in hindsight but it wasn’t so great at the time. Over 100 people witnessed this mistake and I have never felt so embarrassed in my entire life. I could feel my face turning red, my heart starting to […]

Three tips to be happy at work

Are you happy at work or do you turn up every day wishing you could be somewhere else? My bet would be that most people would say “Claire, I wish I could be somewhere else!” It would certainly be my answer, but sometime it’s not possible to be somewhere else. Quit your job and follow […]

Is there something holding you back from happiness?

Last week I spent four wonderful days at a retreat run by Susan Pearse from Mind Gardener. I went on this retreat because there was something holding me back from happiness and I needed to create some mental space to explore what it was. For four days I was cocooned from the world, surrounded by […]