A few days ago I was interviewed by Australian writer, Tahlia Newland, for a new and upcoming podcast.
I’ll tell you more about that next month, when it’s due to be released.
For now, though, I wanted to tell you about a question Tahlia is asking all her guests.
Who’s your Happiness Hero?
It got me thinking. Perhaps it might do the same for you?
Who’s one person that springs to mind when you think of happiness?
Tahlia asked me to choose someone I admire for their ability to remain happy in any circumstances, or anyone I think has contributed to the happiness of others in some small or large way.
She said it could be as simple as a neighbour being kind on a day when everything was falling apart.
And my suggestion for you today is to find a few minutes (it needn’t take long) to reflect on who you might choose.
I think there’s a kind of hidden value in this, as the process of wondering “who” also leaves you thinking “why.”
What is it about this person that you associate with happiness?
Might there be something of what they do, how they live, that you could bring to your day?
Big behaviour change is difficult, but tiny adjustments can be easier.
So what sort of modest adjustment, inspired by your happiness hero, might make today a little shinier?
When I talked with Tahlia, I chose Mark Williamson who runs Action for Happiness.
If this sounds a bit – well – obvious, my main reasons for nominating him were less so.
As well as my admiration for his work, I hugely respect his drive to keep fit and well. He cycles. Miles. And he eats healthily.
More than that, even, is his determination to be there for his family, despite having huge demands on his time.
Who would you choose?
Incidentally, thinking about this led me to have a single piece of fruit at lunchtime, and also to take a walk.
This won’t make me Mr. Williamson, of course.
But perhaps it wasn’t entirely wide of the Mark.