Friday, September 18, 2009

happiness theory





maslow's hierarchy of needs graphic ( wikipedia )
maslow's hierarchy of needs ( wikipedia )
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Monday, August 3, 2009

choosing happiness ...

so, just read a page from Andrew Matthews, "happiness isnt something that just happens to you, like an accident, its something that you choose" and it's what i have been saying for some while now. we are free to choose, happy or unhappy.

i was talking to a student about cars. after a breakdown, his day just got worse.
the pickup truck was late, the garage was slow, the insurance took ages, it cost time and money. negative things compunded and he remembers them all.
he said, one negative thing brought on many others.

i remembered the time my car was broken into, along with many others, outside the hospital where my mum was, and i had my coat stolen.
it seemed my day could have gone as his.
however, after 2 minutes of "anger" i changed my thinking to how lucky i am not to be wandering the streets with nothing better to do, how grateful for my parents for my upbringing and wondered what i can do to help others less fortunate.
my day was improved, and not spoiled by the experience, and i chose to stay happy.
my memory, as clear as his, is positive :-)

if someone asks you how your day is - do you reply "so,so" or "crap" or "fantastic" ?
does your response change your day ?
if crap is 1 and fantastic is 10, on a scale, and you could only choose 1 or 10 - which would you choose?

is today the happiest day of your life?
are you prepared to let it be the happiest day of your life?
can you wake up and let your first thought be "today is going to be the happiest day of my life".?


Monday, May 18, 2009

coming events around moedling

20.5 moulin rouge tickets at door, 21.00

21.5 - ( c 10.00 ) breakfast at post-hof cafe moedling, walk around burg leichtenstein to schwarz turm. lunch in echtzeit ( c 13.00 ) - see you there

23.5 porgy and bess "Hi guys, want to remind u that this Saturday 23rd MAY @ the PORGY & BESS from 23hur.....the TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN will kick off with a great deal of SOUL,,,dont miss it..... OLA!" tickets at door?

30.5 - Victoria and James Party , Tirolerhof. from 4pm til late , prior notice, RSVP

Friday, May 15, 2009

Happiness Coaching

the story unfolds....

Mr Happy - a great book read many times to Vincent

teaching english, developed a module on Happiness in 2007 - how to define measure compare and increase happiness

end 2008 - Happiness as the major economic driver of 21st century, a debate. an event.

Future Proof Yourself , a handbook... defines happiness as one of 4 major factors to secure your future against a world turning upside down

talked about Chief Happiness Officers in companies, tasked with happiness of staff, would predict an immediate rise in output from the message that the appointment of such a person would give to morale.

refine Happiness Coaching concept in 2009, May - work the model with a student, define 3 clear objectives to increase happiness by 10 percentage points

8th May - sell a coaching session, delivered on 12th May. Sceptical student, paid up, and then wrote next day saying "the coaching was good, i feel super today - no idea why but is true"

ongoing refinement. plan to use Happiness Coaching with people and organisations in order to reduce stress problems. A happy person is better able to cope with daily stress, is healthier, more productive, and mor successful. Will work complementary coaching with Moni who comes from systemic coaching background and with a different approach for stress management.

i can see that this leads naturally into more work with kids using the mr men books to discuss and understand emotions and personality types .., mr happy , mr rush ( how do you feel when you rush, or someone rushes you ) mr nosey, mr greedy etc....

Friday, April 24, 2009

Local Creativity - Mödling

problem - graffiti in park
solution 1 - paint over it
problem - came back
solution 2 - move the seats forward, and plant trees in front of the wall. a really impressive and green creative solution to a messy local problem :-)

Sunday, January 25, 2009