1. What is a Happyologist?
As the Happyologist I offer happiness coaching to help people to become happier, more confident and more successful. I combined a life coaching accreditation with a Masters of Science in positive psychology, the science of happiness and human performance, to become the Happyologist.
2. It seems like you’ve managed to trademark the term, what does that mean?
It means that no one else can use the Happyologist term in the coaching, training or consulting industries. I started to get a few cheeky people loving it a bit too much and trying to create copycat businesses, and hence I acquired a trademark to protect my brand.
3. How do you help people explore their happiness?
4. Have you always worked in the happiness industry?
No. I was originally in the corporate marketing world. As I was there, I realised it wasn’t the world for me and that I wanted to do something more meaningful. I discovered positive psychology through Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage and after discovering it I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do. I started to explore the field alongside my corporate world for just over a year before taking the full leap into it in August 2012. I’ve never looked back.
5. What is your best way to stay/get happy?
For me it all comes down to gratitude. Whenever I feel a bit frustrated or negative, I go back to the first (and most powerful) gratitude exercise I did when I discovered positive psychology. I finish the day by writing down the three specific things I was most grateful for in that day. I do it everyday at the end of the day for as long as I need to in order to feel like I’m in a positive place again. The first time I did it I did it for a month. They say it takes about 21 days to build a habit so if you want to make gratitude the norm, do it for at least 21 days. Once you start doing it, you’ll realise you start looking for things to be grateful for. You’re in a natural state of positivity bias because you’re thinking, Could I add this to my gratitude list tonight? Or that? As you do that, you’re more positive and as a result you’re activating more of the learning centres in your brain. This also means you’re more productive, creative and open to new opportunities. Whenever in doubt, return to this gratitude exercise to get your happiness mojo on.
6. What seems to be the biggest issue people struggle with in life?
Lack of self-belief! People forget they are beautiful exactly the way they are. Every single human being on this planet is completely unique. There has never been anyone on this planet exactly like you and there never will be. Believe in your natural abilities, connect with your values and be proud of exactly who you are. When you do this, you can focus all your energy on living the life of your dreams and inspiring the people around you whilst doing it.
7. How do you go about helping people?
It all starts with a positive mindset – and the desire to change your mindset to a positive one. Without that, it’s hard to work on anything. I used to be a natural pessimist so I had to work really hard to become a trained optimist. I still have my moments where pessimism kicks in but I’m much quicker than I used to be to get out of it and to see the light at the end of the tunnel.