Three tips to be happy at work

Are you happy at work or do you turn up every day wishing you could be somewhere else? My bet would be that most people would say “Claire, I wish I could be somewhere else!” It would certainly be my answer, but sometime it’s not possible to be somewhere else. Quit your job and follow […]

Is there something holding you back from happiness?

Last week I spent four wonderful days at a retreat run by Susan Pearse from Mind Gardener. I went on this retreat because there was something holding me back from happiness and I needed to create some mental space to explore what it was. For four days I was cocooned from the world, surrounded by […]

Happiness in turbulent times

It’s been about three months since I last wrote a blog. Such a sad and unhappy three months with many withdrawals made from my happiness account. I have always said that you have to be realistic about happiness. You can’t expect to be upbeat and joyful all of the time. To live a rich deep […]

I AM a somebody

  I shared a post on Facebook the other week. It was written by a somebody called Richard Branson and it was about happiness. It started like this… You don’t know me but I hear you are going through a tough time, and I would like to help you. I want to be open and […]

Fear and the little black book

I was on my regular 5.30am walk last week when I came upon a little black book. On this particular morning I decided to stop at three park benches in New Farm park to do some push ups, dips and squats. This is not something I usually do. I had just cancelled my gym membership […]

Why counting down sleeps is so important

Sometimes I am sure I get more happiness out of counting down sleeps to something, rather than experiencing the actual event itself! Have you ever felt that way, or am I just a bit weird? My son Daniel is getting married in Cancun on 26 April. Attendance requires seven days at an amazing beach resort by […]

Stop chasing happiness!

I have been pondering this statement a lot lately “stop chasing happiness.” What does chasing happiness actually mean? The mental picture I get in my mind is a person looking frantic and harassed running around everyday trying to find happiness, but never hitting the jackpot. If I asked you were you chasing happiness what would […]

Happiness lessons from an orchid plant

I know I blogged about my orchid plant last year but I just have to do it again. This little plant continues to intrigue me! To fill you in on the picture, last November I wrote a blog called ‘Never Give Up On Happiness’. The star of this particular blog was my orchid plant. I had […]

What does being happy really mean?

Being happy is such a subjective thing. What makes one person happy may not make another person happy. Even the word happy can mean so many things. Often I say I am happy. But if I drill down further it could mean any number of things, such as: I am feeling joyful because I have just […]

Happy New Year or was it!

It’s that time of the year where everyone (including me) starts off a conversation or an email with “Happy New Year, I hope you had a great Christmas and are relaxed and ready to launch into 2017!” Or some version of that greeting. The short period of two weeks over the Christmas break always intrigues […]