Happiness Challenge

Week 7 – Realise Your Moods Come and Go Just Like the Weather

Week 7 – Realise Your Moods Come and Go Just Like the Weather
I love living in Melbourne. One of the main reasons is the unpredictability of its weather which has led to it being known as a city having four seasons in one day. You can wake in the morning to threatening grey clouds, have teeth-chattering winds accompany you to work, be greeted at lunchtime by clean blue skies, and have a brief hail shower chase you on to the train for the journey home. If you think about it, emotions are just like the weather. They are always present and they…

Week 6 – Increase your Job Satisfaction: Make your Work More of a Calling

Week 6 – Increase your Job Satisfaction: Make your Work More of a Calling
Which of the following three workers best describes you? Mary has a job at a hospital. She considers her job a chore and mainly works for the pay check to support her family and interests away from work. If she won the lottery she would resign from her job. She often wishes that time would pass more quickly at work and every day she eagerly anticipates the weekend. She doesn’t make a point of encouraging others to enter her line of work. John has a career in the banking sector.…

Week 5 – The Magic Ratio: The Key to Happier Relationships

Week 5 – The Magic Ratio: The Key to Happier Relationships
Take a moment to consider this question: in your current relationship, when were you happiest, enjoyed the greatest intimacy, and felt most connected to your loved one? If you’re like most people you will probably find yourself dreamily thinking back to the early days of your relationship when you were first being courted. The so-called honeymoon period. This other person who could have chosen anyone to be with chose you. They found you fascinating and hung on your every word. They complimented you on your clothes and hairstyle, laughed at…

Week 4 – Everyday Gratitude: The King of Happiness

Week 4 – Everyday Gratitude: The King of Happiness
  In September 2008 I moved to Saudi Arabia to live. I lived there for the next five years running a health and wellness program at a university. It was to have a profound impact on my life, a tectonic shift in how I viewed the world. While the Saudi people displayed the same warmth and generosity of other countries I have visited it was its unique cultural and environmental heritage that left the greatest impression on me. The university, for example, was in the middle of a desert devoid…