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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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Compassion – the heart of service with Nickolas Yu

Compassion – the heart of service with Nickolas Yu

Written by on April 3, 2016 in Happiness with 2 Comments

  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

Happiness, connection and identity with Anita Heiss

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

“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

Who’s got the weirdest parents? with Richard Glover

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

“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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The how of happiness with Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky

The how of happiness with Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky

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

“Everything we do in our lives is aimed at achieving greater happiness,” says Sonja Lyubomirsky. But how relevant is happiness as a life goal to people across cultures? The evidence shows that most people around the world want to be happy. Sonja says that where she was born, in Russia, achieving personal happiness is less […]

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Stress less, laugh more with Anthony Ackroyd

Stress less, laugh more with Anthony Ackroyd

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

“Laughter is the correct response to life. Life is too important to be taken seriously,” Anthony Ackroyd says. “I want you to think about your own autobiography and the way you think about laughter,” he says. Anthony says that his mother let him be silly, which also means blessed. He asks if we grew up […]

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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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Eating with joy with Dr Joanna McMillan

Eating with joy with Dr Joanna McMillan

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

“Eating and food is about much more than nutrition,” says Dr Joanna McMillan. Joanna asks when the question of what to eat became such a dilemma. In one study, more than 80% of people said they were confused about what is considered to be healthy food. Dr Joanna quotes Stephanie Alexander, who said at a […]

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Worse things happen at sea – having a crack with William McInnes

Worse things happen at sea – having a crack with William McInnes

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

“Do you want to be successful or have fun? Do you want to achieve or be happy? If you want to be happy you’re in the wrong place.” These were the words of William McInnes’s high school sports coach. He quit after a few games. He tells us about a time he went to a […]

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Happier – how to enjoy lasting change with Dr Tal Ben-Shahar

Happier – how to enjoy lasting change with Dr Tal Ben-Shahar

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

“The most difficult part of becoming happier is making change last,” says Tal Ben-Shahar. He quotes Socrates, who said ‘To know the good is to do the good.’ “Very wise”, Tal says, “but very wrong”. We know what we should be doing – at work, at home, for your health, but the question is: once […]

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My wellbeing

My wellbeing

Written by on March 29, 2016 in Happiness, Wellness with 0 Comments

Author: Judi Higgin, CEO, New Horizons. New Horizons is the 2016 event partner of The Wellness Show and the Happiness & Its Causes conference. One dictionary defines wellness as “the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort”. Of course, what constitutes a healthy body and mind is […]

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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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