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 don’t last for ever); staying focused on what’s 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 what’s good not just on what’s not so good and importantly, remember that we don’t 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 ‘happy’ experiences. 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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