Being Happy: Your guide to true & lasting happiness

True happiness is within everyone's grasp through a process known as Self-Actualization. Learn how.
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Know what the characteristics of a self-actualised person are
Understand that true happiness comes from achieving your fullest potential as a human being
Understand that your primary reality is a rich inner life
Know how to experiencelife wholeheartedly, now
Understand that being honest with yourself is essential for happiness
Understand that being true to yourself is the cornerstone of happiness
Know that you need to accept the world as it is, not as you would like it to be
Develop a sense of purpose and gratitude
Come to know yourself at a deeper level
Understand that material wealth is not necessary for true happiness


  • An open mind
  • A willingness to change, move out of your comfort zone
  • The willingness to put the ideas into practice in the days, weeks and months to come


True happiness, lasting happiness can be achieved through a process known as Self-Actualisation, or Self-Realisation. This is a natural state and within the reach of all human beings. It comes from having satisfied all of one’s human needs. 

This is the kind of happiness that cannot be obtained through the acquisition of things. The fleeting gratification in receiving goods or services is not true happiness. That is an illusion created by our global consumer society. I am not suggesting that you should avoid having nice things, just that they are not a source of true happiness. 

Truly happy people are Self-Actualised (SA) people, so called because they are a much fuller expression of their unique human potential than non SA people. The state has been given many labels, enlightened or awakened being two of them. In Zen, it is described Satori. 

While you cannot order happiness on demand, you can create the right conditions in yourself for Self-Actualisation to occur. This eBook describes what these conditions are, and how you might go about creating them. The rest is up to you. 

Dr. David Tuffley, and experienced teacher and researcher takes you through a series of short videos that paint a portrait of the self-actualising person that you can learn from and emulate in your own life. If you take this course, follow its advice and put the principles into practice in your own life, you make it much more likely that you will experience true happiness. Enrol today, consider it an investment in your future happiness.

Who this course is for:

  • People recovering from past hurt, PTSD
  • People suffering from Depression
  • People who worry too much what other people think
  • People who want to be more creative
  • People who want to experience life wholeheartedly in the Now
  • Everyone who wants to be happier in their day to day life

Course content

4 sections13 lectures1h 33m total length
  • Introduction


Self-Improvement Coach
David Tuffley
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David Tuffley PhD is a lecturer in Applied Ethics & SocioTechnical Studies at Griffith University in Australia. David is a published author with 42 titles in print and eBook, as well as an experienced and engaging public speaker with a reputation for teaching excellence.

Before academia, David was an IT industry consultant for 15 years in Australia and the United Kingdom working for large public and private sector organisations.

David is has written widely in the Classics through to the latest technology, and includes Psychology, Anthropology, Architecture, Philosophy, Comparative Religions and Creativity/Innovation. He actively contributes to the news media on Socio-Technical topics.