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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10 Ways to Stay Calm, Cool and be Patient

10 Ways to Stay Calm, Cool and be Patient

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Have you ever wished you could keep your cool more often? According to mental health professional, Dr. Happy, "Well, if you’re human then you probably answered “YES”. Why? Because we all get frustrated and we all feel upset sometimes and we all find patience much more difficult than we’d like! This is normal; this is part of being human!" In his latest article for HIF, Dr. Happy shares his top ten tips on how to achieve calmness more often. 
Category:Mental Health
7 Ways to Switch Off From Work Without Feeling Guilty

7 Ways to Switch Off From Work Without Feeling Guilty

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Do you struggle to switch off from work without feeling guilty? According to mental health professional Dr. Happy, "Technology advances have meant we can do almost anything from almost anywhere which can be wonderful in so many different ways but it can also be stressful and problematic if we feel we can’t ever “switch off” and get away from work. We all need to take breaks, and if we believe we can’t do this because we need to always be available then “burn out” can occur; a form of stress, anxiety and depression that in the worst-case scenarios can have significant health and wellbeing consequences." With this in mind, Dr. Happy shares his guilt-free guide on how to switch off from work. 
Category:Mental Health
Why You Should NOT Try to Have a Good Day!

Why You Should NOT Try to Have a Good Day!

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Throughout January, you probably heard and read a lot of people talking and writing about how to have a great year and that probably sounds like a pretty good idea. However, our very own mental health blogger, Dr Happy suggests "DON'T aim to have a great year...because a whole year of greatness, happiness and success is just not possible! Instead I suggest aiming for happy moments. At the end of the day (or week or year) it's likely a few things would have gone wrong. But it’s also extremely likely that some things, possibly many things, "went right"!" In his latest article for HIF, Dr. Happy shares his top tips on to look at your day. 
Category:Mental Health
Why you need NOTHING more for happiness...

Why you need NOTHING more for happiness...

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Running errands. Doing the school run. Making dinner. Going to work. Getting some exercise. We live stressful and busy lives, whether we notice it or not. We are always juggling schedules, commitments and even when we think we’re relaxing, we’re usually thinking about something we have to do. We never really take the time to recharge out batteries, clear our heads and gain a fresh perspective on our day-to-day lives. But according to our mental health professional, Dr. Happy, it actually doesn’t take much at all to reboost our mental health, simply doing "nothing at all" is sometimes all we need. 

Category:Mental Health
How to Stop Sweating the Small Stuff

How to Stop Sweating the Small Stuff

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"Don't sweat the small stuff" - it's a saying we've all heard before. But if we're honest, we've all allowed ourselves to become upset about something (that with the benefit of hindsight), really wasn’t that bad or even that important. Despite knowing that we shouldn't worry about the little things, we can't help but do it anyway. The question is, how do we kick the habit for good? In his latest article for HIF, mental health professional, Dr. Happy shares his top tips on how we can let go of our everyday stressors.

Category:Mental Health
Take Control of Your Work Life Balance

Take Control of Your Work Life Balance

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How can you get the perfect "work-life balance?" According to HIF blogger and mental health professional, Dr. Happy, "I’ve seen so many people try and fail, that I’ve come to believe the phrase “work life balance” does potentially more harm than good. But there is an alternative which is both more desirable and more achievable. I suggest that rather than aiming for work life balance our goal should be to aim for… life!" So how do we do this? Dr. Happy shares his top 10 tips. 

Category:Mental Health
Understanding the Difference Between Anxiety and Depression

Understanding the Difference Between Anxiety and Depression

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What's the difference between anxiety and depression? According to mental health professional, Dr. Happy, "Depression and anxiety are the two most common psychological disorders and if combined, would be the largest contributor to disability in the world. Both cause immeasurable suffering, and impact daily on the lives of hundreds of millions of individuals, families, communities and even organisations. But depression and anxiety are quite different." In his latest article for HIF Dr. Happy explores the difference between them. 
Category:Mental Health
How to Relax More – Dr. Happy’s Top Tips

How to Relax More – Dr. Happy’s Top Tips

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I’m so busy. I’m so stressed. I’m so exhausted; sleep deprived; burned out! These are frighteningly common responses, these days, to the simple question “How are you?” According to Dr. Happy, "Stress and anxiety have become so common place and accepted that many of us have forgotten life doesn’t have to be like that. In fact, too many people have come to embrace these states of being, thinking they’re helping us function and perform better. So, what’s the answer? What would it be like to have fewer factors causing stress and anxiety?"  In his latest article for HIF, Dr. Happy shares some simple strategies that will help us to learn how to keep calm and relaxed despite the common stressors in our lives. 

Category:Mental Health
Why social media might be destroying your happiness (and what you can do about it)

Why social media might be destroying your happiness (and what you can do about it)

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Did you know the average Australian spends more than 12 hours each week on Facebook? These numbers prove that social media use is a big part of lots of lives. According to Mental Health expert, Dr. Happy, "Social media can have a negative impact via social comparison. This is when we compare our lives to others and often, judge our own situation less favourably. One of the most common mistakes we typically made is to imagine other people’s “posts” are a true reflection of their lives when the reality is, most people only post the “best” bits. If, therefore, we compare our “bloopers” with other's “highlights” we’re bound to feel underwhelmed." In this article, Dr. Happy invites us to consider his top tips for enjoying social media, while minimising any negative impact it might have. 
Category:Mental Health
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