Category Archives: Happiness

What new thing did you do today?

What new thing did you do today?

Life is too short to miss out on new experiences; routine can be wonderful but new things stimulate our creativity, conversation and the richness of life.  What have you got on your ‘one day some day maybe’ list?… What is it that you have always wanted to do but have delayed because it is too far away, too expensive or you just don’t have the time. We are all given 24 hours in a day… how we choose to use…

The Happy CEO

The Happy CEO

I have said many times before (including in dedication in my book) ‘thank you to all the past, present and future RedBallooners’. Each play their role in delivering good times to 1000′s of Australians and New Zealander’s every week. Today however marked the end of an era with Kristie Caddick (nee Buchanan) leaving RedBalloon after seven years. Originally joining as a Marketing Manager – and since 2012 she has been the CEO. She has chosen to dedicate the next part…

Two buddies on the way to work

Too cute - Dexter likes to 'walk' Charlie and today he took him to the office.

I was back in the office today after taking a few weeks off to celebrate Christmas and New Year and I could not resist taking this quick video of the ‘boys’ coming to work. Dexter as Head of Security at RedBalloon has an apprentice – known as Charlie Bear – for obvious reasons… Dexter is clearly the head hound – taking the lead… too cute. A bit of fun at work. They say that having a best friend at work…

Goldfish don’t have smartphones

Goldfish don’t have smartphones

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the average attention span of a human being has dropped from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 seconds in 2013. A goldfish has the attention span of 9 seconds. The big question is what can you do to arrest this. We used to think that email interrupted our concentration – our ‘smart’ devices are driving our behaviors. Information at our finger tips – and we…

With your friends by your side… 10,000 steps a day can change someone’s world

City to Surf yesterday....

Yesterday I did the City to Surf with some of my colleagues from RedBalloon. Together with 80,000 other’s we headed the 14kms to Bondi – apparently this is the biggest race in the world. A massive celebration of humanity. This person standing in front of me at the start of the race – had the right sentiment. Nothing better than: The wind to your back, The sun in front of you, And your friends beside you. To share the Happiness…

Thoughts on success and happiness – 10 minute video

Sharing insights on success and happiness for muru-D at the On Fire event

I thought I would share with all this recent presentation that I did for Muru-D. It is only 10 minutes and covers much about my thoughts on success, purpose, surrounding yourself with people of different strengths, authentic leadership, vision, values and alignment. I speak regularly, giving keynotes usually of about an hour – so I did find it amusing to see how purposeful I can be in 10minutes. I am happy with the result and was glad that I could…

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…