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    4 years ago · · 0 comments

    How To Be Happy In Life

    How To Be Happy

    The answer to ‘How To Be Happy’ is to view the pursuit of happiness as part of your life. Just like you brush your teeth, eat lunch, get dressed and have a shower every day, it’s important to do one small things every day to ensure your happiness lasts. By looking after your body, mind and spirit on a continual basis and building your self-esteem, you life will improve beyond your dreams.

    how to be happy - build self confidenceYou may think you don’t have time to work on improving your happiness, but what are you living for if it’s not to feel your best? Isn’t that really the pursuit of all your goals? Everything you strive for has an underlying desire to please you.

    For example, you search for the perfect partner to make you feel happy. You strive for a career you love so that you can feel excited every day going to work. You exercise so you can have more energy and feel healthier and happier.

    How to be happy is an underlying goal whether you are conscious of it or not. Even things you do that are not good for you are undertaken in the pursuit of happiness. For instance, when you eat chocolate when you are feeling down, you are doing so to boost your mood and to feel happier. If you avoid doing exercise today, it’s because you believe you will feel better staying home. Further, if you drink too much at a party, you do so thinking you will have a better time drunk. These underlying goals are often subconscious, but nevertheless they are still very powerful.


    By changing the way you think about how to be happy, you will ensure that it’s a part of your very core!

    This diagram below ‘Never Sick Again’ highlights certain foods that can help manage some health issues you may be experiencing. Of course, it is always best to seek professional help if you suffer from physical or mental ailments. However, this diagram gives you an idea of some things you can take control of in your life to improve your overall health and wellbeing .

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    How To Be Happy – Taking Back Control

    Learning how to be happy comes from within. Seeking happiness externally from you often leads to disappointment. Relying on others to make you happy means your moods are not in your control. By committing to living a happy life, eating healthier foods and making time for yourself every day, you take back control. There is a huge connection between food and mood too, so the way you eat has a huge impact on your happiness levels aswell. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to how you feel after you consume particular foods. We pay attention in children, but we often neglect to look at how foods are making us feel. So, committing to how to be happy also involves paying attention to what is impacting on your moods too.

    how to be happy - lizzie o'halloranLizzie O’Halloran, Founder of Help For Mums and Author of Perfect Mum & Refresh Your Life


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    4 years ago · · 0 comments

    How To Boost Job Satisfaction

    How to achieve happiness at work

    mother returning to workIt’s an interesting question when you think that we expect 17 year old youths to have a very concrete view of their future life and career path. At this age, they are asked to make study, or work choices that will potentially shape the course of the rest of their lives, yet they really have such limited life experience to genuinely know if their chosen career path will bring them life fulfilment and happiness. This is why so many adults find themselves in unfulfilling careers, feeling lost and ‘stuck’ in jobs that only fulfil the need to sustain a certain level of living.
    There is not much we can do about the academic system, however, we can certainly try to have an influence on our children’s futures by guiding them towards career paths that at least appear to be in line with their passions and interests. It is also important to advise children that often it takes time to work out what we really want to do and that we often have to take wrong turns to gain insights into careers that will not bring us the joy we perhaps envisioned at one time or another. The key message here is that it is NEVER too late to change your career path.

    When I was studying psychology at LaTrobe University, one of my friends in class was a well known radio announcer who later in life decided to pursue a career in psychology which had always been a passion of hers. If you were to look at her life from outside, you would question why she would want to move out of a career which resulted in her being in the public eye, gave her a lot of validation and enough money to retire on. However, money and fame did not bring her everything she desired in a job. Whilst she enjoyed the fruits of her labour, she felt something was missing and made a decision to finally bridge this gap.

    This life change is often a fantasy for most people because they pigeon hole themselves in careers that bring a certain amount of financial independence. Thus, the difficulty in changing careers later in life is committing to doing something that will make you happy, at the expense of the lifestyle you have created for you and your partner/ family.

    Happy employees

    Whilst this is a difficult decision, it does not have to be an ‘all or nothing’ choice. Many clients come to see me because they are tired of working in a job that’s not in line with their passions, however they do not know how to break out of their current situation. Of course the first step in the process is spending time in self discovery to truly understand what brings you joy. For instance, do you have a passion for the artistic, political, legal, or social? Which areas of these spheres do you feel you could happily talk about and engage in all day? These questions will lead you to discover your true passions. Then, you need to decide if you require further study, career coaching or experience in this field. In order to minimize the impact on your current lifestyle, it’s best to try to arrange your current work around the study, experience, or coaching. The only down side to this step is feeling overwhelmed and tired. Therefore, in order to minimize this side effect, a great deal or organization, determination and commitment is required. These skills are always valuable in life, so they are an added bonus to your professional development skills.

    Finding happiness at work

    If you are organized, committed and determined, it doesn’t matter at which age you finally decide to live your professional dreams. Whilst we need to work to live, we also need to feel that we are contributing the best of ourselves to the world. There is a reason why you are talented in specific areas. Allow others to benefit from your talents. Your life is worth living the way that makes you happy, satisfied & fulfilled.

    Lizzie O’Halloran, BBSc, MASR, NLP Prac

    Founder of Help For Mums