Dr. Happy

Dr. Tim Sharp is Australia’s very own ‘Dr. Happy’, at the forefront of the positive psychology movement and founder of The Happiness Institute.

A sought after public speaker, consultant, best-selling author, news columnist and a regular on Australian and International television, Dr. Happy is widely regarded as a leader in mental health and the authority on all things happiness in Australia.

With three degrees, including a Ph.D in psychology, plus an impressive record as an academic, clinician and coach, Dr. Happy is a passionate professional with a wealth of experience both in the field and the media.

To find out more about The Happiness Institute, visit drhappy.com.au

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    The Healing Power of Hugs

    Could a hug a day keep the doctor away? According to psychologist and mental health blogger, Dr. Happy, "Research has shown that hugs cause us to feel “warm and fuzzy” inside as well as more socially connected. Hugs, and physical contact more generally, improve the intimacy of our close relationships and they’re even beneficial for our social relationships too. They lower blood pressure and some studies suggest they might even alleviate fears and anxieties. Physical contact with a loved one has also been found to slow heart rates and reduce stress." In this article, Dr. Happy discusses the healing power of hugs. 

    Category: Mental Health
    Do New Year’s Resolutions Make You Anxious? Here’s What You Can do About it!

    It’s almost a new year and with it come the New Year’s resolutions. According to mental health expert Dr. Happy, "If you’re feeling anxious and stressed about your New Year’s Resolutions then something’s not quite right; and if something’s not quite right, you’re not as likely to be motivated to do what you need to do to achieve your goals.  Resolutions, which is really just another way of describing goals, should be exciting and stimulating; they should stretch you and motivate you to achieve and to be more. But they shouldn’t cause excessive amounts of stress or anxiety." We caught up with Dr. Happy to get his advice on how to set achievable goals which will help motivate and inspire you. 

    Category: Mental Health
    10 Things You Can do to Help a Friend With Anxiety Over Christmas

    Do you have a friend or relative who suffers from anxiety? According to Mental Health Advisor Dr. Happy, "The Festive Season is, for many, a time of joy and happiness. But the Festive Season is also, for some, a stressful period during which unpleasant emotions such as depression, loneliness, stress and anxiety can become exaggerated and troublesome."  With this in mind, we caught up with Dr. Happy to get his top 10 tips for helping a friend with anxiety this Christmas. We hope you find them useful! 

    Category: Mental Health
    Is Your Child Stressed at School? 

    Negative emotions are normal aspects of life. In fact according to Dr. Happy, "We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t, sometimes, feel upset; including feeling anxious and stressed. In fact, stress and anxiety are human emotions; without which we probably would not have survived or evolved as a species. This is true for our children, just as it is for us as adults. So the question is - how do we determine when “normal” stress becomes “abnormal” and what can we do about it? In this article Dr. Happy offers his advice on the practical strategies we can implement if our children are excessively worrying or upset about school and/or its impact on their academic or social functioning. 

    Category: Mental Health
    How to Manage a Panic Attack

    Did you know up to 40% of Australians will experience a panic attack at some time in their life? According to our resident mental health blogger, Dr Happy, “Panic attacks are discrete episodes of intense anxiety and physiological arousal, to such an extent that sufferers feel they’re going to faint, go crazy or even die. There is, however, some good news; and that’s that despite panic attacks being very distressing and potentially very disabling, they’re also very treatable in the majority of cases. In this article, Tim discusses the key components of effective treatment and the powerful and effective anxiety management strategies we can do to manage panic ourselves.

    Category: Mental Health
    How to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

    What exactly is emotional intelligence? According to our mental health expert, Dr. Tim Sharp, "The simplest way to understand Emotional Intelligence is in two parts. Emotional Intelligence is (1) the ability to recognise and manage one’s own emotions, as well as (2) the ability to recognise and respond appropriately to emotions in others." In this article, Tim explains how emotional intelligence can reap massive rewards for those who master it, and provides his top tips on what we can do to enhance our EI.

    Category: Mental Health
    How to Manage Stress in the Workplace

    Did you know that one of the most common causes of stress stems from the workplace? According to Psychologist and our newest mental health blogger, Dr Happy, "1 in 5 Australians take time off every year because they feel stressed, anxious or depressed; and this figure is more than twice as high (46%) when workers believe their place of employment is not mentally healthy." With this in mind, we asked Tim for his top ten tips for manage stress in the workplace.

    Category: Mental Health
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