Tag Archives: Five Thanks a Day

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

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

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…

Four tricks to getting out of your own way

“The only thing that stands between you and what you want; is you…..” Gina Mollicone-Long. I had the privilege of listening to Gina speak for the Entrepreneur Organization Sydney last night… 2.5 hours of fast paced – goal getting rather than goal setting. And out of context it is difficult to share the three points she covered: How the mind works, The process of getting a ‘breakthrough’ and fast achieving results. Tips and techniques to take control of your outcomes….

‘Acting’ happy when you’re sad, a personal tale.

[First appeared in LinkedIn Thought Leaders] Isn’t it funny how life holds a mirror up to you? I have a colleague who has been on the journey of thanks with me from the start. I returned recently from an overseas trip to share what I’d learnt from Shawn Achor, the author of The Happiness Advantage, and the principles of positive psychology that fuel success and performance at work, including the importance about being mindful about happiness. One of my colleagues…

Happiness is not a dirty word at work – surely!

[This article first appeared as part of the LinkedIn Thought Leaders program - I will republish articles on my own blog - for the sake of putting all my thoughts in one place - the Linkedin posts will appear here a few days after they are first published.] One could argue that work is work and as such why should you expect to have a good time. I’d worked for a lot of large corporations, some better than others, before…

Five habits for creating long-term happiness.

Shawn Achor and I chatting at the final EO dinner in Istanbul Shawn Achor concluded his presentation, after telling why happiness is important, and sharing what happiness looks like – by telling the group actions that we can take to create long term happiness. He did warn; all the knowledge in the world does not necessarily mean that we will be in action. (We all know to stay healthy we need to be active and eat well – knowing this…

The numbers on why happiness is important

Perhaps I am posing a far too obvious question… but the thing I consider, is the effort and energy it takes to be happy, worth it? Perhaps it is easier to be grumpy, disconnected and uninspired…. the statistics however do not lie. Suicide remains a major external cause of death, accounting for more deaths in Australia than transport accidents. In addition about 20% of people will be affected by depression and 6% will experience a major depressive illness in Australia…

Three predictors for sustained happiness?

Listening to Shawn Achor at the Entrepreneur Organization was a delight. I had read his book – The Happiness Advantage years ago, when I began my journey to discover ‘this human condition’ of happiness. I’d watched his TED talk which has had more than 2million views (below)– and for want of a better word I would consider myself a fan. (Okay maybe I embarrassed myself a little when I approached him for a photo and I proceeded to be a…

Five things to consider in choosing one’s life’s work…

During the presentations at the Entrepreneurs Organization conference we had a presentation from the founder of NGO – Wine to Water. He painted himself as a reluctant hero… called to action because he could not believe that more than 1 billion people on the planet do not have access to clean water. This is now his life’s work. I I listened I pondered how do we choose where we spend our energy, love and time? What is it that calls…

A 360 degree view of the holistic life

The Entrepreneur Organization Theme

Looking at one’s spirituality and how it impacts each area of one’s life is not necessarily something I think about a lot. But as I launch headlong into inspiring people to thank five people a day …. I am researching and learning more and more about the impact this can have in every area of our lives: personally, family, business and community – perhaps even the planet too. I have just listened to a Dandapani at the Entrepreneurs Organization conference…