#ASK THE EXPERT
How To Be Happy & Stay Happy

What’s the secret to living a happy life?

By Steve Thio      12 April 2021

Q: What strategies are there to help us cope with difficult situations – be it financial, career, relationships or family?

Dr Sharp: There are too many to comprehensively list here but a few of the top ones are: Keeping things in perspective (that is, remembering that difficult times dont last for ever); staying focused on whats really important; taking things one step at a time; taking care of our physical health and well-being (which means prioritising sleep and diet and exercise); focusing more on whats good not just on whats not so good and importantly, remember that we dont have to cope all on our own, so reach out and ask for help where and when you can.

Q: People have been complaining about the lack of social activity and even overseas travels and holidays – a dearth of happyexperiences. Are these essential for personal happiness?

Dr Sharp: They usually are an important part of living a happy life but the reality is that some of these activities are limited now and might be for some time to come. So, we need to try to find alternatives and create pleasure and fun where and when we can.

 

About Dr Tim Sharp

He is the Chief Happiness Officer of The Happiness Institute in Sydney. Dr Sharp is a speaker, consultant, writer and coach and is an adjunct professor at UTS Business School & RMIT School of Health Sciences. 

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