Hi, I’m Bruce Wells, one of Australia’s best-known happiness experts. As a professional speaker, media commentator, and author I speak at conferences, appear on TV and radio programs, and write newspaper articles about the individual and organisational benefits of greater happiness.
My mission is to show people how they can enjoy happier, more productive, and more purposeful lives by focusing on their strengths, adopting a more positive outlook, learning to be more mindful, and by developing more meaningful relationships.
I’ve always been fascinated by the way that some people seem to have happiness at their fingertips while others ricochet through life like emotional pin-balls. Are some people simply born happy or are there skills you can learn to make you happier? I have made it my life quest to find the answers to these questions.
And the answers have come from 2 very different sources: The first is from the world of academia where I collected a doctorate in stress management, and degrees in physical education and health promotion.
The second is from teaching and living health and wellness in a variety of real life settings – years spent working with school children in Papua New Guinea, with elite athletes in Australia, with international scuba divers on the largest shipwrecks in the world, with tourism groups in Vanuatu and in New Zealand, with business groups in China, and with oil company workers in Saudi Arabia.
All of these experiences have given me a unique perspective on a person’s personal wellness and, particularly, on the individual’s role in determining his or her own happiness, regardless of the setting or the circumstances. For the past 20 years I have worked with elite athletes, corporate clients, university and school students, teachers, and community groups helping them live happier lives by taking full responsibility for everything that they do thus allowing them to change their behaviours and thought patterns. I am convinced that we all carry the potential for greater happiness within ourselves everywhere we go. This belief was the inspiration behind my book, Happiness Anywhere Anytime.
I regularly appear on TV programs, such as Channel 9’s Today show, as well as radio shows discussing the latest research and strategies for being happier at work, in midlife, and in retirement. I also regularly contribute articles to syndicated publications across the country such as the Sydney Morning Herald, The Herald Sun, Australian Natural Health, Starts at Sixty, and Body and Soul, where I describe the latest findings on happiness from the worlds of business, education, and the general community, together with tips for increasing one’s personal happiness.
In my free time I enjoy hiking, scuba diving, reading, and throwing boomerangs. I particularly enjoy being able to participate in community projects. I live in Healesville, a small forested town, on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, in a rustic cottage surrounded by towering gum trees and am woken each morning by screeching cockatoos and laughing kookaburras.