Do you ever stop to wonder what is it that makes you happy?
I mean, happiness is something that’s so elusive, yet I’ve never met anyone who’s not looking for more of it.
Indulge me for a moment and imagine this:
“Hey, I’ve got some happiness going for free – can I interest you in some?”
“Oh hey, thanks for the offer. I’m all good though. I’m too happy as it is – I don’t need any more happiness thanks.”
Well that would never happen would it?
We all want more happiness…it’s a natural human desire. But the way to find it – now that’s the tricky part.
Happiness & Its Causes
Next week I’m attending the Happiness & Its Causes conference in Sydney. I’m SUPER excited to fill up my tank with more insights, learnings and knowledge on what it takes to find & maintain happiness.
In-fact you might just be able to feel my excitement jumping out of your screen and into your lap because this is such an important subject that I’m REALLY passionate about – and nothing fires me up like the promise of learning from other incredibly wise & knowledgeable human beings.
I mean, what’s a life without happiness right?
Isn’t it my duty to go forth and find these answers so I can share what I’ve learned with you lovely people?
I think so.
Learning from the best
So, I’ll be soaking up the wisdom of some pretty amazing international speakers (don’t worry I’ll take notes for you all). One of the greatest psychologists of our time – Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi from the USA will be there explaining how to maintain your zone of genius or what’s known as the ‘flow’. Now I know you all know what this is. It’s those times where you completely lose track of time and are so absorbed in what you’re doing that you don’t notice what’s going on around you.
Pretty useful state to understand right?
Matthieu Ricard from Nepal – a world famous humanitarian buddhist monk will be there to share his thoughts on how important altruism (selflessness) is when dealing with today’s challenges. This guy has a PHD in Cellular Genetics no less, so I’m really interested to hear about the science behind putting others before the self. I don’t know about you, but I think there are a lot of people in the world who don’t see the value of putting others first – it’s almost as if this is a sign of weakness so I can’t wait to hear more on this topic.
Ever had moments of weakness where your self control is concerned? Haven’t we all. Professor Roy Baumeister from the states will be explaining what’s required to be disciplined in life. I’m actually going to a workshop on this topic so I’m looking forward to reporting back on this one. I’ve noticed that when I’m coaching people one of the keys to success, is an ability to discipline yourself to get those things done that need to be done. So this one will be really interesting.
There’s a whole host of other speakers…too many to list here, but I will give a special shout out to the lovely David Michie who I interviewed just last week on his book ‘The Dalai Lama’s Cat.’ David will be speaking about ‘why mindfulness is better than chocolate’ so stay tuned for this one.
Special reader offer – 20% off all online tickets
If you’re in Sydney next week and feel like expanding your knowledge on the subject of happiness then I would love to see you there at the event. The lovely people over at the Vajrayana Institute have kindly offered all Simple Life Strategies readers a huge 20% off the ticket price when you book online. Just head on over to the website and enter the code SLS to receive this.
If you do end up going, make sure you email me or let me know on the Facebook page as I’d love to meet you there in person
Have a HAPPY FRIDAY and I’ll catch ya next week.
Love & happiness,
PS: Don’t worry. Be happy. (how good was that song?)
PPS: If you know someone who might want to go to the conference then they can use the 20% off code too
Disclaimer: I have not been not paid to promote this event, all above written opinions are my own. I will be attending as a media rep & reviewing the content based entirely on my opinions only.