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!
Happy Nation is based on two basic ideas
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.