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Happiness FAQs

As Chief Happiness Officer of The Happiness Institute, I’m often asked a range of questions about happiness, what it is, and how we can all enjoy more of it. Here are some answers to some of the more common questions…

CHOOSE happiness!

Here at The Happiness Institute we’ve been saying for more than a decade now, that happiness is something you CHOOSE – where CHOOSE is both a philosophy for taking responsibility for your happiness and an acronym that represents 6 key strategies for boosting your mood and improving your life. Click on the link to find out more.

What happy people do 

Happy people do things a certain way; and they live their lives a certain way. The good news is that you can “copy” their happy habits; and I’ve listed some of the top happiness habits in this free resource.

Improving Relationships – Behaviour Exchange Activity

Whether your relationship is going well, or not; whether it’s personal or professional; relationships are so important and can always be improved. This simple activity can be found and can have a profoundly positive experience. Give it a try!

The VIA Classification of Character Strengths

Too many of us spend too much time focusing on our faults and failings. Improving our “weaknesses” is OK, but happiness and success come just as much, if not more, from focusing on and utilising our core strengths. We all have positive attributes; understanding what these are is the first step to utilising them.

Resilience: maintaining happiness through the tough times

Life isn’t always easy; and happy people don’t always have everything go their way. We all face challenges and adversity; and happiness is just much about how you handle these difficult time as it is about how you enjoy the good times.

Examples of Unhelpful Thinking

There’s no doubt that the way you think affects the way you feel, and what you do. Within Cognitive Therapy, a number of common “unhelpful thoughts” have been identified and it’s become well established that these contribute to depression, anxiety and distress. Becoming aware of these unhelpful thoughts is the first step to changing them.

Coping with lockdown

August 2021: Here in Australia, much of the country is in lockdown. Here in Australia, much of the country is also, not surprisingly, doing it tough. With the hope that I might be able to help even just a few people, I put together this simple tip sheet. Please feel free to use and share it. Take care, Dr Tim Sharp