Every day you make - or fail to make - decisions that could have a lasting impact on your happiness. By taking this course, you give yourself the best possible chance of making decisions that help you, and your family, to achieve maximum sustainable happiness - happiness not just in the present but throughout your life. The Happiness Checklist will help you to make the most of every situation.
There are challenges, though: globalisation, off-shoring, climate change, terrorism, spiralling debt, credit crises, the loss of jobs to robots and computers ...; a lot is going on, and it isn't happening with a view to making you happy. Positive thinking and optimism are not enough. The Happiness Checklist will help you to reflect, plan and take action to give yourself the best possible chance of happiness.
But, of course, happiness does not only depend on your situation. What happens inside your head is as, if not more, important than your circumstances. In The Happiness Checklist, you will learn how to manage your emotional drivers so that you build a solid foundation of contentment, your happiness baseline. You will also discover how to take control of the automatic, unconscious processes in your brain that can distort your thinking.
A Realistic and Personal Approach
There are plenty of books and courses in the self-help genre promising everlasting happiness; all you have to do is think positively and follow a few simple steps. Unfortunately, these quick-fix, off-the-shelf, instant solutions rarely work. Achieving real sustainable happiness requires analysis, reflection and effort. How could it be otherwise? Your personality, emotional triggers, interests, values, desires, thought processes and skills are unique. As is your context: wealth, family, social connections, career and qualifications. You have to discover your own personal route to happiness.
The Happiness Checklist can help you to do this
Robust and Concise
The principles of The Happiness Checklist are derived from the latest findings from neuroscience and psychology, complemented by the wisdom of some of the great philosophers. They have been honed and refined in the real-world through my work as a coach with capable and challenging individuals from over 30 countries. There is no padding with anecdotes or extended descriptions of research studies (references are provided). This is the distilled essence of my research and experience regarding what it takes to achieve maximum sustainable happiness.
The Happiness Checklist is based on scientific research in neuroscience and psychology, together with wisdom of great philosophers my own experience working with hundreds of individuals in 35 countries as a coach.
The course begins with an overview of the 2 types of happiness: situational (in-the-moment) and baseline (your underlying sense of contentment). The emphasis in the course is on raising your happiness baseline and I will show you how to do this.
The bulk of the course consists of exploring each of the 9 principles of The Happiness Checklist and the steps you can take in each area. The video in this lecture provides a brief overview of the principles.
At the end of the course, I consider hedonic adaptation and how you can extend joyful moments, while reducing the impact of negative events.
Perhaps the single most important concept in developing happiness: hedonic adaptation and how feelings fade?
The best strategy for happiness is not to focus on individual moments but instead, to raise your happiness baseline.
Understanding the unconscious processes that underpin your happiness.
Are some people born miserable and others happy?
Download our action template for happiness - a structured framework to enable you to think, plan and act in ways that will increase your happiness - and sustain it. I am sure that you will have ideas cascading through your mind but there is a big gap between ideas and action.
I strongly recommend that you use the Happiness Checklist action map to capture your insights as you go through the course. I emphasise throughout that there is no one, universal route to happiness - there are principles and perspectives but ultimately we have to discover our own personal route. The Happiness Checklist provides the structure and helps you to understand what is happening at an unconscious level but you, your situation, resources, skills, desires etc are unique.
The action map template will help you to structure and actually DO what you decide is appropriate - and, after all, presumably the reason you are taking this course is to take action!
It can be frustrating thinking about the future when you feel trapped by the present. Here are some practical steps that you can take.
A paradigm is a rule for success and in the past it used to run something like: study hard, go to college, get a good job. But in a world of globalisation, artificial intelligence and robotics the old rules of success no longer apply. You have to think outside of the box because the box may no longer exist in a few years. We have to change our perspective about what 'work' means. There are threats but also opportunities. However, if you don't see opportunities, then for you, they don't exist.
So many people are trapped in jobs that they don't enjoy - they know what they don't want to do but still don't know what they do want to do. Here is an approach to help you find a job what you will enjoy - and continue to enjoy.
The interesting relationship between your salary and job satisfaction.
As we have seen, the old paradigms are broken - and there are some interesting alternative approaches to your career.
Some thoughts on how the future will be different.
The importance of not moving too quickly and developing self-control.
The middle can be hard - interesting research about how age affects job-satisfaction.
The need for autonomy is an unconscious driver - understanding it is key to your happiness.
A clarification on autonomy- cooperation is good too!
Why do you do what you do? Having a sense of purpose, of making a difference, can have a big impact on your happiness. And it works at many levels.
Positive thinking can be positively harmful. This is one of the most important videos in the course as it affects how you approach and interpret in every aspect of your life. I will explain why relentless positivity can be bad for you and how to develop the mindset of a "realistic optimist". Substantial recent research has revealed that realistic optimism is incredibly a critical factor in attaining happiness.
Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, people can have a big impact on your happiness. I will explain the neuroscience behind this and outline how you can achieve the kind of relationships that make you happy.
How to prevent others from getting you down.
Material things can be a source of joy - but sometimes even the things that we treasure the most can hold us back from happiness - here's why.
New car or exotic foreign trip - this may help you to decide.
Money is the root of all evil - well, that may be a bit strong but there is evidence to suggest that it does change people.
How do you want to live your life? What principles will guide you? These are important questions and at the end of this video you may wish to complete the Values Questionnaire.
Relaxing and living the easy life are not the route to happiness - why you should stretch yourself.
How to get into a state of 'effortless excellence'.
If you push yourself in every area, then life just becomes a struggle - so where should you invest your efforts for the biggest happiness return?
Goals are important - but some can threaten your happiness. Don't set the wrong goals.
Goals set in this way are more likely to lead to happiness - and success.
Some goals are more important than others - and these are vital.
How you can extend the feelings of joy that you experience in life?
Negative events can have a strong and long-lasting effect on your happiness.But you can change your thinking to reduce their impact.
A comprehensive list of tips, approaches and philosophies for getting around bad stuff.
I am the founder and managing consultant at Developing Edge.
For the last 20 years, I have been designing and delivering leadership development programs. I have worked in over 30 countries with global corporations through to entrepreneurial start-ups.
Prior to this, I was marketing manager in a FTSE-50 company and a director of a business consultancy firm.
I have a Masters in Law from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Cass Business School, University of London.
I live in England with my wife, Kathy, son, Robert, and, in the not too distant past, Alice, Jenny and Richard. Aside from being with this wonderful family, I enjoy football, rugby, the blues, Texas Red Dirt, real ale, curries, Pulp Fiction, gadgets and lots more.