What’s your recipe for happiness?

Happiness is such a subjective thing and my recipe for happiness may not be your recipe for happiness. Research however, has revealed two things are certain; firstly positive emotions are a key ingredient to happiness and secondly a  strong feeling of well-being is vital as well. BUT do you need a mix of both ingredients […]

Darkness – an unwelcome visitor

The raucous laughter started quite early in the evening last Friday night. It penetrated the darkness, travelled through the open balcony door into our unit and bounced off the walls of our living room. It continued on throughout the evening with squeals of delight and loud bursts of merriment, drowning out the noise from our […]

When happiness makes you unhappy

It sounds a bit weird doesn’t it? How can happiness make you unhappy? Surely the whole point of striving for happiness is to feel happy! Well it is, but there is more to it than meets the eye. Please let me explain. I believe there are two kinds of happiness; sustainable happiness and momentary happiness. […]

Stand up and honour who you are

I went to see Matilda the Musical in Sydney on Boxing Day and I was so disappointed. Not with the musical itself; it was the most brilliant, entertaining, engaging and creative musical I have ever seen (you must see it, if you ever get the chance). The disappointment lied squarely with me. Why? Because I […]

Doing the time warp

Last weekend was spent doing the time warp with four incredible women, Shaz, Fran, Ros and Shelley who I had known since I was eight years old. Grade three was when I met them. I was the new Pommy girl who was eager to find some friends. After being teased about my Brownie outfit, my poor […]

Invest in your happiness

Last weekend I presented a happiness talk called ‘Building your happiness bank’ to 160 people at a one-day conference. It was so wonderful to have the opportunity to remind people that happiness is not something they have to chase. It’s already there deep inside them, just waiting to be nurtured. Many people think that they […]

Being imperfect can make you happy

Often we can set ourselves up for a fall, over rate things and have a totally unrealistic outlook on life. We want things to be so perfect that we get disappointed and discouraged if they don’t meet our high expectations. Friendships and marriages are often the ‘perfect’ example of this. If we don’t have a realistic view […]

Why you need to get uncomfortable

I hate being uncomfortable. I don’t like wearing scratchy clothes, I don’t like drinking stuff that tastes foul, I don’t like feeling cold, I don’t like exercising, I don’t like sitting in a different train carriage and I don’t like driving on unfamiliar roads. That’s a lot of ‘don’t likes’ and I have only just […]

Who do you want to be?

For a while now I have had my head buried in the books called Conversations with God (GWG), Books 1, 2 and 3, written by Neale Donald Walsch. I know they are not every ones cup of tea but they have intrigued and inspired me on many levels. I remember trying to read Book 1 […]

Why do we like complaining?

Why is it that I get great delight in complaining about my work? Whenever someone asks me how my job is going, these are the words that come tumbling out of my mouth before I am even aware of what I am saying: “Work’s pretty crappy, it’s the same old same old everyday with nothing […]