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Happiness

Walking free with Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis

Walking free with Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis

Written by on April 4, 2016 in Happiness with 0 Comments

Munjed Al Muderis does robotic surgery: he puts robots in people who have lost their arms and legs so they can move again. He was born in Baghdad, a city a lot of us read and hear gloomy things about. “Baghdad was not like that, it was like Sydney,” he says. Munjed says that as […]

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Life is not happy, get used to it with Thubten Gyasto

Life is not happy, get used to it with Thubten Gyasto

Written by on April 4, 2016 in Happiness with 0 Comments

“The organisers weren’t happy when I suggested the name for my talk. They wanted to change it to ‘Life is not always happy,’” Thubten Gyatso says. “Happiness is just a lighter degree of suffering,” he says. When we have a source of happiness, after a while it fades, and we look for another source of […]

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Wellness

Messy to magnificent with Anna-Louise Bouvier

Messy to magnificent with Anna-Louise Bouvier

Written by on April 3, 2016 in Wellness with 0 Comments

“It’s very hard to motivate people once the pain has gone away,” Anna-Louise Bouvier says. She’s a physiotherapist, and she’s used to working with bad backs and wobbly bodies. “When we’re ‘magnificent me’ we cope with stress very well, but a lot of us are more like ‘messy me’ – not exercising, not sleeping, and […]

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Rethinking the heart of health with Dr Alan Greene

Rethinking the heart of health with Dr Alan Greene

Written by on April 3, 2016 in Wellness with 0 Comments

“We’re going to be talking today about the single leading underlying cause of unnecessary death. If we could change that, we could restore quality of life and health for many people – not just for ourselves, but for those we love and care about.” What is this underlying cause? Dr Alan Greene says that it’s […]

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Work

Is sitting the new smoking? with Duncan Young

Is sitting the new smoking? with Duncan Young

Written by on April 3, 2016 in Wellness, Work with 0 Comments

“We need a vision and we need a framework for workplaces. We want you to leave healthier than when you came in,” Duncan Young says. “We’ve all got our own health journeys,” he says. The main thing is that we want to move forward each day and do something that we haven’t done before. Some […]

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Creating brain friendly habits with Sue Langley

Creating brain friendly habits with Sue Langley

Written by on April 2, 2016 in Wellness, Work with 0 Comments

“I find the brain endlessly fascinating,” says Sue Langley. She tells us about how, as a child, she hit her head a lot. She thought that she was losing brain cells each time, and that when she was 80 years old she’d have no brain cells left, with purple hair and a bird on her […]

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Relationships

In their words: Christina Stevens & Seven simple tips on how to have more, much more, love in your life – right here and now

In their words: Christina Stevens & Seven simple tips on how to have more, much more, love in your life – right here and now

Written by on March 15, 2016 in Happiness, Relationships with 0 Comments

There is really only one thing we can all count on … one thing that can bring positive change into our unsettled world … and that’s love. Love is the energy that will alter the course of your life; the kindness that can feed an army; the service that can heal a dying man; the […]

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In their words: Professor Lea Waters & Positive posts make others happy, pass it on

In their words: Professor Lea Waters & Positive posts make others happy, pass it on

Written by on February 16, 2016 in Digital Health, Happiness, Relationships with 0 Comments

We are drowning in a sea of negativity as media corporations daily send us a tsunami of bad news. Yet new science in the field of positive psychology shows that sharing good news with others can provide you and the people you care about a much-needed life raft. Social media has given us the power […]

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Young People

In their words: Michele Chevalley Hedge & Food to fuel versus food to nourish. Are they the same?

In their words: Michele Chevalley Hedge & Food to fuel versus food to nourish. Are they the same?

Written by on March 18, 2016 in Wellness, Young People with 0 Comments

Food today isn’t as straightforward as it was many years ago. In the past, we ate purely what we grew and followed the seasons. Now our choices are seemingly endless. Our supermarket aisles are filled with packaged foods that are convenient, long-lasting and with lists of ingredients that would have the best of us scratching our heads. With most of us […]

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In their words: Jane Burns & The digital age of youth mental health

In their words: Jane Burns & The digital age of youth mental health

Written by on February 25, 2016 in Digital Health, Wellness, Young People with 0 Comments

Every day in Australia we lose seven young lives to suicide. One in four young people experience a mental health disorder, and 75 percent of young people aged 16 to 24 do not seek help for their mental health. The statistics are staggering, and unfortunately show that young people are struggling to manage their wellbeing. […]

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Learning

The power of music with Richard Gill OAM

The power of music with Richard Gill OAM

Written by on April 2, 2016 in Happiness, Learning with 0 Comments

“Something that make me very happy is the idea of music, and what music can do for us,” Richard Gill OAM says. He talks about the ability of music to completely turn someone into a different person. He gives the example of people with Alzheimer’s, who have been nonverbal for a long time – after […]

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Thinking outside the square with David Astle

Thinking outside the square with David Astle

Written by on April 2, 2016 in Happiness, Learning with 1 Comment

David Astle tells us to look at the word ‘happiness’: “There in the middle is the word ‘pin’, stabbed through the heart of happiness.” Also in the middle there is ‘pine’: “We haven’t yet seen the wood for the feel good.” “The longest word in happiness apart from happiness is ‘happen.’” David says they share […]

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eBooks

10 brain friendly habits for happiness and wellbeing

10 brain friendly habits for happiness and wellbeing

Written by on November 11, 2015 in eBooks, Wellness with 0 Comments

We all want to form lasting habits that improve our health and wellbeing. So why does it feel so hard to break routines and establish new behaviours? Our brains gear us for life-long learning and growth. We are constantly creating new connections and adapting to experience. Yet we need focussed attention to create new neural […]

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Speakers to supercharge your brain

Speakers to supercharge your brain

Written by on September 17, 2015 in eBooks with 0 Comments

Next month is our Mind & Its Potential conference focussing on neuroplasticity. Science once believed the capacity of the brain was fixed. This notion has now been well and truly overturned. The mind, in fact, is like a muscle and can be trained to improve intelligence, learn new skills, and be kinder and more content. […]

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Speaker Papers

How I rescued my brain

How I rescued my brain

Written by on August 20, 2015 in Speaker Papers with 0 Comments

David Roland has a PhD in clinical psychology. He is an honorary associate with the School of Medicine, University of Sydney, a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a founder of the Australian branch of the Compassionate Mind Foundation. We hope you enjoy his speaker paper from Happiness & Its Causes 2015.  

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The power of bones

The power of bones

Written by on August 20, 2015 in Speaker Papers with 0 Comments

Keelen Mailman was born in Clermont, growing up in Augathella, Queensland, to a poor Aboriginal family We hope you enjoy her speaker paper from Happiness & Its Causes 2015.  

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Other Recent Posts

Compassion – the heart of service with Nickolas Yu

  Nickolas Yu tells us about a time when his father invited his family to dinner in China Town. This was usually a cause for celebration, but something was different this time. As they sat down to eat, his father made an announcement. “Nobody worry, I want to tell you something. I have a cancer. […]

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Happiness, connection and identity with Anita Heiss

“I write because I want to break down stereotypes of Aboriginal people. I want to see Aboriginal people as real people in Australian literature. I want Aboriginal women and children to see themselves on the pages,” Dr Anita Heiss says. When Anita started writing chick lit, or choc lit, as it was referred to, she […]

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Who’s got the weirdest parents? with Richard Glover

“My mother used to tell anyone who would listen was that I was the first artificial insemination baby. The reason she gave was quite strange: she said that in her many years of marriage to my father, she had never once slept with him. The marriage was unconsummated.” They had been living in Papua New […]

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