Happy Nation is based on two basic ideas

  1. Focuss­ing on what makes us ha­ppy can bring us to great­er heights of joy and ful­fil­ment than focuss­ing sole­ly on the prob­lems we wish to sol­ve. This is the phil­os­ophy in­her­ent in Pos­itive Psych­ol­ogy.
  2. Happi­ness, like any other emo­tion­al sta­te, is not an isol­ated phen­om­enon – it aff­ects, and is aff­ect­ed by, the peo­ple arou­nd us. To rea­ch ful­fil­ment we must work to­wards en­hanc­ing the happi­ness of all, us­ing love, comp­ass­ion and grati­tude. This so­cial happi­ness phil­os­ophy is con­sis­tent with the prin­ci­ples of Deep Eco­logy.

Stephanie Hills has thirty years' experience working with people in distress, both as a social worker and a counsellor.

A large part of her work has comprised using narrative and art therapy to help people move on from depression. While still helping people facing difficulties, Stephanie's work has broadened to include the promotion and enhancement of individual and social happiness.

Using the principles of Positive Psychology and Deep Ecology, she assists individuals and groups to improve their functioning in various life spheres, taking into account the social, cultural, economic and environmental context of people's lives.


In my day…

When I was young we walked six miles to school every day, sometimes trudging in thick snow with schoolbags full of heavy books. Boy, did we feel silly when we found out there was a bus!

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Happy Nation Motivational Groups

Change is hard. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, get fit, save money, manage your time or be more spontaneous, old habits and situations can get in the way.

A Happy Nation Motivational Group can help you turn your positive intentions into real success. In small groups of four to five people, we explore what helps and what gets in the way of change, be it external factors or your own thought patterns. With a focus on practical application, we help you clarify your aims and put your plans in place, providing an appreciative audience for your successes. It’s fun, positive and easier than trying to go it alone!

Week 1 – Getting started.

Week 2 – Overcoming obstacles

Week 3 – Celebrating successes

Week 4 – On a roll

Week 8 – Check-in and fine tuning

Watch this space for upcoming groups in the Hawkes Bay and Waikato.

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Bad Dad

I never wanted to believe that my Dad was stealing from his job as a road worker. But when I got home, all the signs were there.

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