Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of
happiness or have gone stark raving mad.
Happiness Australia has been established given our world is not happy. The purpose of this work is not to say you have to be happy, papering over what is causing real discord and unhappiness but to start a conversation to inspire change through example and to guide others to facing life rather than soothing or avoiding it. It is evident there is rising levels of anxiety, depression, suicidal idealisation, insecurity (homelessness) that catalyses a wide range of mental health challenges.
In Australia approximately 1 in 5 people suffer some form of mental health issue. All mental health issue from resistance (fear) on some level which has a adverse impact on health and wellbeing. The work of real happiness is to show people how to gradually release from resistance by questioning their thoughts to access the natural joy inherent within.
Joy is always there but mostly we are not feeling it as we do what ‘we have to do’ to survive. This work is about thriving not surviving no matter external circumstances. We can indeed bounce back, as a clown I can recommend that, particularly in a Jumping Castle. (ha ha)
Kahil Gibran says it best: “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be?
I am a former economist and market analyst clown. Over many years I have been exploring the fundamentals of unhappiness investigating: powerlessness, apathy, misery, bullying, psychological abuse, detachment, tiredness, isolation, shallowness, selfishness, absenteeism and the social emotional numbing we witness every day.
Did you breath whilst you read that?
Have you witnessed how people shutdown from each other? They are experiencing the world as overwhelming and their lives overshadowed by responsibilities, rising costs, relationship breakdown, uncertainty and social isolation. These are the visible signs of disempowerment which shutsdown our humanity and render us feeling powerless.
All violence and vitimisation have roots in powerlessness. The work of true happiness is to address unhappiness and work on ways to rewire the brain to develop more neural networks from repeated experiences of happiness, joy, compassion, felt perception, authenticity, truthfulness, empathy, fun, expression and loving kindness.
As a clown in Russia with Dr. Patch Adams I witnessed and experienced the impact of love as fun and saw transformations in very dark, unhappy places because someone cared enough to go and visit and remind them of their inner beauty. As a World Peace Clown (and peace ambassador) I travelled the world connecting with people on the streets of 20 countries and making visible my humanity which was reflected in every face. This experience helps you to see yourself as One with all the world and that the troubles and fears we hold evapourate when we connect positively with others and shine our light heartedness.
When we stop feeding our minds with negativity and choose a healthy diet of positive, empowered inputs you will marvel at the change within. My work is here to inspire this change. Hence, ‘to be the change you wish to see in the world’ (Gandhi). This Cherokee story sums up the truth of this:
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
From an analytical perspective:
Positive psychology is a recent branch of psychology whose purpose was summed up in 1998 by Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: “We believe that a psychology of positive human functioning will arise, which achieves a scientific understanding and effective interventions to build thriving individuals, families, and communities.” Positive psychologists seek “to find and nurture genius and talent” and “to make normal life more fulfilling”, rather than merely treating mental illness. Positive psychology is primarily concerned with using the psychological theory, research and intervention techniques to understand the positive, adaptive, creative and emotionally fulfilling aspects of human behavior. (Source: Wikipedia)
Background of Happiness Australia
Susan Carew the founder of WorldPeacefull and Happiness Australia which is another spoke from the inner wheel of dynamic change feeding into World Peace. She has wide experience having worked in approximately 400 workplaces. She indicates that in most workplaces people are not happy. In her experience entertaining the public as a World Peace Clown she estimates that 99% of people are mildly depressed. That is there is a level of suppression inherent in society whereby people are given permission to behave in certain ways. Thus there is a normal level of control witnessed on the streets. Increasingly, as society breaks down, people move through society with increased detachment and on automatic pilot. There is less spontaneity or feeling of belonging. This brings a wide range of social problems such as: loneliness, isolation, mental illness, low self esteem, suicide, violent behaviour and so on.
Happiness Australia will offer public speaking on the theme of Happiness via a range of topcis and provide workshops to assist in reconnecting people to emotional intelligence, spontaneity, connection, self esteem, belonging and a vigorous feeling for life. When people feel happy they are more cooperative, aware of others, energetic, enthusiastic, creative and open to leadership skills. Susan Carew is available to run workshops to reinvigorate, inspire and remind people that their Happy Destiny is Unavoidable. That we can all transform from the negative paralysis to empowered expansion of possibilities. Life is an infinite experience when you open your heart and mind. The world is not as it is depicted in themedia it is far more than you can imagine. Indeed imagination is the driver of innovative and creative expansion.
Martin Seligman, one of the leaders of the positive psychology movement wrote a book called Learned Optimism. People can be trained to see the world in a positive light, face problems as opportunities and are typically more resilient as they seek for hope. They are typically high achievers with attitudes of ‘why not’ rather than ‘it can’t be done’ and have better health. Below are some explanations on the differences between optimists and pessimists.
Other differences exist between pessimists and optimists in terms of explanatory style:
- Permanence: Optimistic people believe bad events to be more temporary than permanent and bounce back quickly from failure, whereas others may take longer periods to recover or may never recover. They also believe good things happen for reasons that are permanent, rather than seeing the transient nature of positive events. Optimists point to specific temporary causes for negative events; pessimists point to permanent causes.
- Pervasiveness: Optimistic people compartmentalize helplessness, whereas pessimistic people assume that failure in one area of life means failure in life as a whole. Optimistic people also allow good events to brighten every area of their lives rather than just the particular area in which the event occurred.
- Personalization: Optimists blame bad events on causes outside of themselves, whereas pessimists blame themselves for events that occur. Optimists are therefore generally more confident. Optimists also quickly internalize positive events while pessimists externalize them. (Source: Wikipedia)
Happiness is the goal of every person but it is not seen as the overall goal of society. We are here to be happy and happy people are the ones that are effectual and the shining lights leading the way to a re-new-able future. Happiness Australia intends to spread this message of happiness, love, peace and potential to the community with the aim of developing Gross National Happiness as a national objective and priority. Happiness is the true abundance of our world, it expands through giving and sharing not taking and harming others. It is the reverse paradigm of our current paradigm.
All of us can make a difference, and when we are happy we are unstoppable. Why not join with Happiness Australia and promote happiness what we are all working towards. Will you join us in being the change you wish to see in the world? Get in touch and jump on the fun-ship. If you are from another country why not Happiness (country) let’s lift the lid on our potential. Anything is possible when it is possible to be anything.
You are the love you are seeking!!! Your Happy Destiny is Unavoidable!! and and …. Be the Change You Wish to see in the World (I am just too enthusiastic which is good ha ha).