Category Archives: Happiness

Four steps to Happiness – Hear me speak at WiRL

Four steps to Happiness – Hear me speak at WiRL

I’m pretty excited to be speaking at the up coming WiRL Summit – Women in Real Life  (An Online Summit for professional women seeking career success and a balanced life) There is a very impressive line up of speakers – to which I am humbled to be a part. You will note that my session is listed for 22 May 2014 (however if you are in Australia that means that it is 9.00am on 23 May – so for the…

One word on happiness.

One word on happiness.

Today is International Day of Happiness – 20 March every year is set aside to focus on the human emotion of happiness. Governments, industry and education facilities all know that happy people are more able to be creative and far more productive. So they have given ‘Happiness’ it’s own day of celebration. Given that I am fundamentally curious and have been exploring vast reams of research on happiness for many years, I have learned much. Firstly happiness is only one…

What you look for is what you find!

What you look for is what you find!

Have you ever noticed that when you buy a new car – you notice all the cars that are similar, yet before you had one – you did not see them. They were always there – simply your mind was not attuned to them. Does this work for other things? – Of course! As we move into the final days before Christmas – it is a time to reflect and acknowledge those we love and cherish. Take a moment to…

This experiment – touched, moved and inspired me

This experiment – touched, moved and inspired me

Do you know people who seem to be grumpy every day? When my colleague Claire sent me the below video – it moved me. The simplicity of the message. It is absolutely worth a few moments to experience a wonderful source of happiness – that is available to the grumpiest soles. Most people go through life as a passenger. They feel they don’t have control of their life because they think they are helpless when things happen ‘to’ them. They…

Up, up and away – Melbourne Weekly Review

Photo by JOHN DONEGAN

It is not often that I add to my own blog something that has been written about me – this article written by Peter Wilmoth and appeared with a cover shot throughout Melbourne last week. I thought it might give a broader perspective to you about my life…. Up, up and away. If any of the more than 1000 operators who provide experiences for “experience retailer” RedBalloon happen to notice an elegant woman abseiling down a cliff or doing some…

Pride & Purpose

RedBallooners It's all about the 'Good Times'

Planning for the new financial year is upon us again. The leadership team at RedBalloon is in the midst of brainstorms and planning sessions with their teams, exploring how they each can help deliver our purpose: creating happiness by giving people more good times. Its times like this I’m so grateful for the wonderful contribution we make to peoples’ everyday lives. Be that ticking an item off their bucket list, celebrating a 30th, 40th, 50th or 60th, or simply providing…

5 ways to be Cheap, Cheerful and Impactful – this Christmas

Viv: Thank you for all you have done for RedBalloon.

Well I don’t exactly like the word ‘cheap’ – but it rhymed with cheerful… what I mean is ‘financially enlightened’. We have worked hard at RedBalloon to ensure that we have something for everyone’s budget – to make sure we have in the experience range the sort of gift that you give to your child’s school teacher and even for Secret Santa. Regardless of religion, Christmas and the end of the year is a time to be thankful. For family…

10,000 moments of happiness

419 out of 10,000 and I still feel happy

A few weeks ago I decided to run a LinkedIn poll, after I had read Daniel Nettle’s book ‘Happiness – the science behind the smile’. I enjoyed it and found it easy to ‘consume’. One thing I discovered was that we all ‘sense’ happiness differently, and our environment could be a contributor to what we consider happiness. Even the notion of thinking about happiness can change our experience of life. So I asked the question “All things being considered do…

We don’t do it for the thanks

We don’t do it for the thanks

[First on LinkedIn] The greatest gift we give is the gift of time… and over and over again I hear from many volunteers about the privilege it is to serve. But does that mean that a ‘thanks’ is still important. A colleague recently shared a pamphlet with me regarding carers working with people with disabilities. For many years she’s been witness to a disabled relative who rarely expresses a thank-you for the support and help provided by both paid and…

Six warning signs for lagging leadership

Chop, chop that tall poppy... but what if you're the tall poppy?

[This appeared on LinkedIn Thought Leaders first - on 24 October 2012] In Australia we have a notion called ‘tall poppy syndrome’ which means that culturally people who have merit are derided by their community. Not very productive really in a country which needs strong, decisive leaders more than ever. True leadership does not reside in a title or job description – it comes from how we act. In the business I founded RedBalloon.com.au one of our core values is ‘leadership’….