How to increase your Happiness Intelligence


This part three of a three part series.

Click here for Part 1: What Is Happiness

Click here for Part 2: The Value of Happiness

 

Part 3: How to increase your Happiness Intelligence

Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus wrote, “We must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed towards attaining it.”

So what are those “things that bring happiness” and how can we exercise them?

Over the long course of evolution our brains have become naturally hard-wired with a negativity bias. We detect sweet tastes at 1/200, yet can detect bitter at 1/2 million; people hate to lose more than they love to win; and we require on average 5 positive comments to counter one negative comment. The good news however, is that this can be changed thanks to a trait our brains all share called neuroplasticity, we can change the way our brains function. We can train it like a muscle to adopt new thought patterns, such as increasing present moment awareness, overcoming negative thoughts, or enhancing our gratitude. We can learn new ways to process everyday thoughts and feelings and can make measurable increases in our happiness.

To do this we must increase our happiness intelligence, which can be learned and developed by experiencing the effects from the application of certain practises and exercises.

Like any valuable skills and abilities, from musical talent to academic intellect to strength and flexibility, if we want to be happier, diligent commitment and work is required.

The objective of increasing happiness intelligence is not a constant state of ecstasy or euphoria and it is not about denying or suppressing negative emotions either. Our unique human lives all share adversity and involve a degree of undesired suffering. Coping with a broad range of emotions, including negative emotions like sadness and frustration, is what makes us human.

We can, however, learn to reduce the severity of undesired emotions and reduce the duration they are active for.

Any individual that may be in need of a substantial shift in mentality to obtain happiness, might be more effectively aided by a medically trained therapist or GP recommended resource.  These invaluable services are available free in many countries such as the UK (by contacting your local IAPT centre - Improving Access for Psychological Therapies - an NHS talking therapies programme). Counselling and coaching services are not advised as replacements for medical advice.

It is basic human nature to want to be free from suffering and prefer happiness over discomfort, however we must be wary of premature contentment, which can lead to complacency, which can lead to settling and stagnating as soon as we have removed the immediate source of suffering and discomfort. Contentment is not intrinsically bad, however false contentment (ie contentment without an atmosphere of growth) and premature contentment, are the primary reasons we are not all already reaping the benefits of increased happiness.

Happiness is often put at the “good end” of the spectrum of our emotions or vibration frequencies, and while we naturally move between a certain range on these scales, there are ways to gain control of this fluctuation, reduce the depth or duration of the low energy phases, and increase intensity, regularity and longevity of the more pleasant high end emotions.

As we discovered earlier, happiness is the combination of our moment to moment experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that our lives are good and meaningful. The factors most affecting these two main ingredients, which must also be within our “Voluntary Control”, are our mindset and lifestyle choices.

We can therefore begin to understand the basic factors for increasing our happiness intelligence: Mindset factors and Lifestyle factors. Mindset factors generating the moment to moment experiences of joy and positive well-being, and lifestyle factors contributing to our sense of meaning and value.

Happiness Factors within our Voluntary Control

A happy mindset includes things like our positivity/negativity bias, how mindful we are of each present moment, and our capacity for gratitude and compassion. We’ll look more into these very soon.

Lifestyle factors include a sense of meaning and contribution from our work, creating value for others and ourselves, nurturing friendships and relationships to build a sense of community, spending time in nature and maintaining good physical and mental health.

Both mindset and lifestyle factors both affect one another to some extent, however the mindset is the more influential to our happiness.  For this reason, the mindset factors can be considered the foundations of happiness. The lifestyle choices are built upon those foundations and become the pillars of life that provide us with support and a sense of meaning and worth.

With this understanding of the major factors within our Voluntary Control, we can break them down, identify ways to influence them and increase our happiness intelligence.

The Mindset Element.

This is the most influential element for increasing happiness, and is comprised of three components:

  1. How mindful we are of each present moment.
  2. How positive our thoughts are.
  3. Our capacity for gratitude.

These three components define our core foundations of happiness intelligence. They define how we interpret events and shape how we view the world. They must each be present and developed as much as possible.

Mindset Factors within Voluntary Control

Foundation 1: Live Now, in the Unique, Present Moment

The laws of nature stop us from physically accessing any previous moment - we can only think about the past as memories from the current now. The past and future exist exclusively as mental fabrications. By accepting their non-existence, we can redistribute our attention to the contents of this current moment, and figure our how best to use it for our current and future happiness.

Emotions such as regret and sadness from the past lose their grip when we acknowledge they are imaginary. All worries and anxieties over the future begin to dissolve too. Try to progress beyond understanding this is a valuable first step to indoctrinating the philosophy. That may take a little more time, but ultimately is most rewarding.

Foundation 2: Nurture More Positive Thoughts

The apparent simplicity of positive thinking too often gives rise to complacency to it’s application. Nurturing positive thinking addresses the quantity of positive thoughts and degree of their positivity.

We can practice looking for the possibility of good in all events, and practice accepting that we don’t need to see good to believe it may exist.  We can even synthesise genuine happiness through intentional choice. By repeatedly practising exercises that move our vibration frequency higher, we become more effective at doing this whenever desired, so we develop greater control over where we sit on this spectrum. We can practise moving ourselves from the low frequency, less happy places, to spend more time in the high energy, productive and universally beneficial place. You’ll find some exercises to practise this below.

Foundation 3: Grateful Appreciation

Gratitude is the seed of all happiness. Increasing gratitude directly results in increasing happiness. Every other step is to maximise the opportunity, regularity and facility for happiness. Increasing one’s capacity to appreciate something gratefully can enable almost any sensory input (a smell, sight, taste, thought, touch etc.) into happiness. Everything from a simple pleasurable sensation, to a deeper understanding of perceived events, appreciation and gratitude catalyse these inputs into happiness. A developed sense of appreciation can enhance every moment of conscious thought into a more happiness-centric mentality, eventually eliminating all suffering.

Appreciation really is the start of all happiness as it naturally evolves into gratitude, which then creates both long term and short term happiness. This is the most fundamental foundation for happiness and is the building block upon which the entire philosophy and lifestyle is based.

It is not specifically appreciating the material goods around you, nor specifically appreciating the people around you or the fact you have a functioning mind and body, these are all simple things we can all appreciate. The next level of happiness is easy to achieve if you appreciate the structure of your mind, by that I mean appreciating that you are appreciating something. If you acknowledge that you are appreciative of something and are grateful for the fulfilment that the appreciation gives you, then you will be able to be appreciative through any situation, even if all those first things are taken away, because you have started an upwards spiral that can’t be stopped.

The Lifestyle Element

The “what we do” lifestyle choices are built upon these foundations, and can be split into two genres – actions to support oneself, and actions to support others.

Within each of these building blocks are a number of sub-ingredients, and many actions we take may be supportive of both ourselves and others. These include direct and indirect influencers from health, freedoms, relationships to compassion. They are the catalysts for Happiness.

Support Yourself

Lifestyle happiness comes from five key themes: Pleasure, Engagement (absorption of an enjoyed yet challenging activity), Relationships, Meaning (a perceived belonging to something bigger), and Accomplishments (realizing tangible goals). These are also known as the “PERMA” model [1]. These lifestyle themes should also be balanced in their moderation, from excessive pleasure seeking to obsessive accomplishments.  Self investment in the “support yourself” block must coexist alongside “Supporting Others”.

Healthy work life balance is part of the mix that western culture so regularly gets wrong. Nietzsche identified the need to “Stimulate the mind with meaningful activities or productive projects”. This supports our pillars of Meaning and Accomplishment, however any of us let our jobs take over our lives. With patience and persistence however we can maintain focus on the necessary balance and adjust and readjust the activities we do for financial income until we can provide us happiness, or perhaps the activities we do for happiness provide us an income. This can be done with step changes as well as continuous improvement: Reflect on the good things in life consider our interests and abilities, meditate on our values and passions, and seek work that engages both halves of the ability/interest equation. Doing what we enjoy allows higher performance and better success – a positive feedback loop.

Building Foundations and walls

Support Others

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” - 14th Dalai Lama.

While it is worth investing time and effort into those around you, helping all sentient beings is greatly beneficial to develop compassion and enhance our ability to love and feel loved. Buddhist teachings emphasise the immense value of total universal compassion for the benefit of all, especially the subject practising it.

Selfishness and ego destroy happiness, whereas altruism and compassion fertilise it.

A building without a roof won’t provide much protection in a storm, so for complete happiness we must complete the building process.

The Roof is the final building block and is vital for success. It represents the application and practise of all the underlying building blocks and requires continued work.

We are only prepared for inevitable future hardship if we practise the techniques until we have build a deep routed, sustainable and resilient understanding happiness.

Understanding the theory of happiness is unfortunately not enough, in the same way that understanding that medicine may help an illness is useless until one actually takes the medicine.

By ensuring the building is well balanced, built on strong mindset foundations, and is the product of wise lifestyle choices, our building (our understanding of happiness) will give rewards and benefits throughout any turbulence of life.

Practising the theory to develop an experiential understanding is the final building block.

The Building of Happiness

The Happiness Building Framework - A holistic model representing the components of happiness, including mindset, (the foundations), and lifestyle habits (the other blocks). Happiness resides within our Voluntary Control – Personal Happiness Zone

 

The Personal Happiness Zone

As we identified at the start, everything we are looking at resides within our Voluntary Control. Every sensory input can be interpreted intentionally. The building of happiness is entirely within this zone, meaning true happiness comes from an introspective focus.

 

A Short-cut to Happiness?

The story of 3 blindfolded men who try to identify an elephant only through touch, is a great example of the importance of a holistic approach. One man says the elephant is a trunk, for that is all he can feel, the second claims it is a tree as he can only reach one thick leg, the third man believes that an elephant is a broom, for he has the tail.

Modern western society has conditioned us to look for short-cuts and quick results, and with demand comes the supply of incomplete methods and temporary fixes. When we understand the whole subject, we can improve the whole result.

Happiness is not just gratitude, or freedom, or absence of negativity, each piece is valuable, but doesn’t make an elephant.

Building only one component of happiness is one of the most common traps we fall into and can occasionally impede our happiness. For example, blissful lifestyle may be wasted on someone with no appreciation or gratitude for it. A very present mindset could even be detrimental if there is no capacity for nurturing positive thoughts.

Building an unbalanced happiness can lead to frustration and jealousy as the hard work and determination is unlikely to prove effective. We blame ourselves, our upbringing, our genetics, or look for environmental constraints. It is time to take off the blindfolds and see the entire “elephant” of happiness.

Let’s look at each component in a little more detail.

Exercises to Develop Grateful Appreciation

There are many exercises that can be done to develop skills in this building block. Some are listed below, however many more exist and may be offered and explained as necessary during personalised Happiness Training sessions.

  • Gratitude enhancing meditation - focus on the loss of something we hold dear, preferably something contributory to the supporting walls of our happiness building such as family, friends, freedoms we hold dear etc.. If this is difficult at first then we can practice on considering the loss of a precious material possession such as access to a phone or computer. After this contemplation of loss practising gratitude should become easier.
  • Keep a gratitude journal - written journals are best and offer a personal resource to return to in times of need, but we can also create a mental list of things we are grateful for before falling asleep each day or before getting up in the morning.
  • Imagine what your life would be like without _______________.   Fill that blank with something important and dear to you. Vision, freedom, a family member; technology; a friend. Really imagine it.
  • Communicate your gratitude - When you think or feel gratitude, tell someone! Write a grateful message to someone or call them just to say you appreciate them and their actions. This offers multifaceted benefits from improving relationships, improving your emotional connections to others, and enhancing one’s capacity for compassion.

Exercises to Nurture More Positive Thoughts

There are many exercises that can be done to develop skills in this building block. Some are listed below, however many more exist and may be offered and explained as necessary during personalised Happiness Training sessions.

  • Practice forgetting negativity - for instance when you perceive something “bad” has happened to you, don’t suppress it, but don’t allow it any further attention. If it’s a significant event then often times letting it out verbally can helps us process the experience, for other cases however, it’s healthier not to dwell on it, nor think about how we should have acted differently.  Try not to repeat stories for sympathy or attention, instead allow the undesired memory to fade from your thoughts and return to focusing on positive things.
  • Look for potential for good in all situations - we learn from every experience, knowledge is positive.
  • Observational Meditations - Focusing on the breath (Anapana-sati) or impermanent bodily sensations (Vipassana) significantly improve our ability to intentionally nurture or disregard thoughts, increasing control the mind.
  • Other great positivity boosters include celebrating progress (however small), getting extra sunshine (Vitamin D triggering serotonin release - the brain’s chemical that makes us feel happy), prasticing smiling more regularly [2] (how about right now), habituating positive shifting, assuming whatever people say or do has positive intent. Other proven techniques such as re-framing, counting your blessings and retrospective judgement (selectively recalling positive memories and leaving negative memories in the past) are described more fully The Logic of Happiness.

Exercises to Develop Living in the Unique, Present Moment

There are many exercises that can be done to develop skills in this building block. Some are listed below, however many more exist and may be offered and explained as necessary during personalised Happiness Training sessions.

  • Mindfulness meditation - Practice bringing the thoughts to the sensations of the present moment instead of drifting into the future or past. Appreciation of the current moment offers infinite gratitude potential. Jon Kabat-Zinn clearly explains Mindfulness as paying attention, on purpose, non-judgmentally, in the present moment.
  • Train the mind to savour - What good is there right now? Where are you right now? How did you get there? How does your body feel? What can you taste? Smell? Are your clothes comfortable and comforting?
  • Develop NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) associations between regular actions and these thoughts that you want to nurture.
  • Learn to Avoid the “Arrival Fallacy” trap (the belief that happiness is obtained once something is completed/accomplished).

 

There are some additional catalysts and contributors to happiness that have not been addressed yet, such as top level life alignment and maintaining happiness.  You will notice some additional features and more details in the final and complete representation of our happiness building below:

Happiness Building Complete

 

Personal Happiness Zone

It was Aristotle that said “Happiness depends upon ourselves”. He was identifying what we now call the Voluntary Control element as described at the start of What Is Happiness. 

We have the independent choice to take pleasure from external stimuli, (receiving a gesture of kindness, appreciating natural beauty or any of the happiness supporting actions within the two support walls), however during the occasional absence of these gifts, happiness can function independently of these and can thrive regardless. Sometimes these pleasurable stimuli will be replaced by events that may be more difficult to take happiness from (upset, pain, suffering etc.). In those situations, people with experience independently interpreting external events will be well more capable of processing the challenging times and finding the potential for good without cyclical negativity that can otherwise ensue.  This doesn’t mean suppressing any emotions – it is about maintaining control over the thoughts and keeping control of the mind. Without that, the mind will have a mind of its own. We always have a choice, and we can practise making the right choice.

Each time we consciously choose how to react to a situation, we take back the control of our mind. We regain the power rather than give it away in the form of blame and excuses - we start shifting the course of your destiny onto an entirely different path than before.

There are many exercises that can be done to develop skills in this building block. Some are listed below, however many more exist and may be offered and explained as necessary during personalised Happiness Training sessions.

  • Reduce your exposure to advertising - it encourages you to compare yourself with others and it tries to make you feel dissatisfied with what you have. 
  • When we identify ourselves with things outside our control such as Titles, cars, money, looks, partners, we put our sense of identity at risk - these things can easily go away and if they do, we jeopardise our sense of self and self-worth. By defining ourselves by things within our control (such as the actions we take and how we take them) our sense of identity and self-worth can never be taken away.
  • “The grass is always greener on the other side” syndrome - Catch that thought, observe it; then replace it with positive action to water your grass! There are certain situations when we need to take significant action to escape a wholly negative environment, such as taking action to avoid an abusive relationship, workplace bullying, or other universally detrimental scenarios; but our first goal should be a focus on improving our world, not comparing jealously. Alternative lives may harbour unknown consequences.
  • Practice re-interpreting past events - what was learned, how did you grow and develop, what other positive progression came of it?
  • Eliminate over-personalising - Most events actually don’t directly affect us, and certainly shouldn’t be taken personally, events are just events that happen, well outside your mindset the other side of the garden fence
  • Vipassana Meditation helps break the super-fast chain reaction of thoughts that typically goes:  Event → Our interpreted meaning → Our internal feeling → Actions we take from those feelings. Vipassana helps break that automatic cycle to give us the time to chose.
  • “Man is disturbed not by things, but by the views he takes of them.” - Epictetus

 

Exercises to improve the “Support Yourself” building block

There are many exercises that can be done to develop skills in this building block. Some are listed below, however many more exist and may be offered and explained as necessary during personalised Happiness Training sessions.

  • Deciding to be happy can become the primary consideration for every decision.  For instance instead of holding a long term mental plan for career success or to get me to an idea I have on what perfection may be, instead every decision I make is based on the information I have at the time, and is in favour of whichever option I feel is most likely to give me the most happiness in future.  Every decision, from job interviews (will the salary bring more happiness than commute takes from my time at home…), to eating fruit (leads to healthy lifestyle leads to happier mind, OR doesn’t taste good and I want to be comforted by something tasty).
  • Take a few moments for yourself every day. Ask yourself deeply, am I missing something? Have I forgotten what brings me joy? What’s my favourite thing to do? Make time for daily activities that are wholesome and rewarding for you. Whether that’s reading a book in your nest, or going for a run, just go for it. The other 23 hours of the day can go to everyone else, but this one, this one is to keep you at your best self, to top up those endorphins so the rest of the time you can help others even more.
  • Changing our routine pleasures can reduce the virtue of taking things for granted and can be used to practise appreciation. Try diversifying your diet, a more varied social network, a “unique treat day” or try adding a “do something new” evening in your diary.
  • Try to encourage an atmosphere of growth, by visualising progress towards a goal, micro-goals and progress tracking such as a Resolution Charts are far more effective than tracking slow, unrewarding tasks such as mortgage repayments or career progression.
  • Check out Warren Buffett’s “Three Step” process to help you enjoy that feeling of achievement.

 

Exercises to improve the “Support Others” building block

There are many exercises that can be done to develop skills in this building block. Some are listed below, however many more exist and may be offered and explained as necessary during personalised Happiness Training sessions.

  • Nurture your happiness catalysts – Friends and family can be powerful catalysts of happiness when it’s least expected, stimulating a memory to be grateful of or providing solace and support in times of need. The benefits of a good social network are rarely fully harnessed in Western society due to misconceptions of what a good social network is. Competing for appearance of popularity or developing reliance on validation or praise doesn’t build meaningful relationships or develop compassion.
  • BE GOOD, DO GOOD! – The subconscious mind rewards noble acts by releasing subtle yet positive chemical endorphins that make us feel good about performing this good deed. They also help reduce stress and improve our cognitive functions as well as boosting our physical health so tune into this reward system! It is not coincidence that we feel good after helping someone in greater need.
  • Reduce universally damaging actions – This can take almost any form, from recycling more, reducing car use, stopping bad habits or educating against ignorance (racism, sexism, homophobia etc.)
  • Selflessness without self-sacrifice (regardless of beliefs of afterlife or spiritual journey) – Habitually sacrificing your happiness should be avoided as we can bring far more good to ourselves and the world when full of compassion and happiness.
  • Studies have repeatedly shown that altruism is one of the best ways to boost your happiness. Volunteering at the local homeless shelter is one way, but don’t disregard the multitude of micro giving we can provide by being polite, courteous, chivalrous and generous in every human interaction.

 

Practise it

Most Happiness increasing techniques are easy to learn and understand, but far harder to implement on a consistent basis. Like New Year’s Resolutions, the key is determination and consistency. Too often, we are conditioned to think that other people will tell us how to live, what to learn, what books to read, homework to do, classes to attend. This oftentimes becomes associated with a reluctance or aversion to self learning. When that support system inevitably stops, a fundamental attitude of personal responsibility must be adopted.

This responsibility cannot be transferred – it’s up to you to take the actions, to apply the advice, to take the risks and make the bold scary changes. It’s called “Self-Improvement” for a reason: You alone must undertake this journey, and however far you progress, it is a journey you will not regret taking.

Only through consistent training and practise can we achieve greatness, be that physical ability, academic intellect, musical talent or spiritual peace.  More investment of time and effort = more results. Just knowing something, is entirely useless until the knowledge is applied. 

There are many exercises that can be done to develop skills in this building block. Some are listed below, however many more exist and may be offered and explained as necessary during personalised Happiness Training sessions.

  • All the choices you have made so far in your life have all blended together to put you exactly where you are today. You are where you are today not because of your parents, not because of your brothers or sisters, not because of your friends, not because of your mean teachers, not because of your evil boss, but because of YOU and YOU alone. If you want your life to change, it’s up to YOU to change it…and you CAN change it.
  • Sometimes, it can feel like we’ve “outgrown” some of the ideas we first learned in self-improvement and that may very well be the case for some of them. But for most of them, it’s more like we forget to implement those fundamental ideas and instead, look for more exotic ones.  The fundamental ideas seem too plain. But they work, even if they don’t seem as sexy as they did before.  It doesn’t hurt to go back to the basics.  It’s a great way to repair the foundation and make it stronger than ever before.  
  • Balance all the building blocks and develop an experiential understanding of logical, self-perpetuating happiness: No negative side effects or personal sacrifice for a lifetime of happiness…isn’t that worth believing in.

 

The Telescope

The Telescope gives us vision of what is important and attainable (happiness within our mindset), and must be balanced with an equal measure of acceptance of our current position, with no expectation to be anywhere else. We can see the moon and the stars with a telescope, but we can only move closer by taking actions in this present moment. With practise, it becomes easier to maintain optimism without expectations. When we shoot for the moon, even if we miss we land in the stars.

“Inspiration is a guest who does not like to visit lazy people.” - Tchaikovsky

There are many exercises that can be done to develop skills in this building block. Some are listed below, however many more exist and may be offered and explained as necessary during personalised Happiness Training sessions.

  • Replace “Goals” with “Resolutions”. You hit a goal, you keep a resolution. Too difficult goals become discouraging, when they’re completed they become redundant. With resolutions, every day is an opportunity to succeed, we don’t get discouraged when they’re challenging. it’s still worth tracking performance to a resolution, such as a resolution chart, to nurture the atmosphere of growth.
  • Learn to enjoy the fun of failure. If something is worth doing, it’s still worth doing if you can only do it badly! Building motivation without expectation takes time and self contemplation. Try considering “what is my goal, if I honestly accept I will fail, why should I carry on? What is the alternative?
  • Schedule time in your calendar to check every now and then to ensure you’re aware of the big picture, the brevity of life, and that mindset and actions are aligned to personal values and goals, not just those imposed on us by society. It is healthy to look forwards with focus and optimism, and like riding a bike or driving a car, it’s a good idea to look where we want to go to ensure we really are aiming in the right direction!

 

Mental Housekeeping

Maintenance minimises deterioration. There is no short-cut to restructuring the mind around happiness - it takes time, dedication and repeated effort - but creating inner peace and happiness, free from suffering, is very much worth the investment

  • There are many techniques described in Mind Cleaning Techniques that help cleanse the mind of negative thoughts and train the mind to increase its strength. Mental strength includes Power to resist  to negativity, flexibility to view positivity in all situations, and endurance to persevere through challenges). A cleaner mind also allows for both more regular, and deeper sensations of happiness.
  • De-clutter loose ends - Prioritise those nagging to do’s and accept the things that you can’t do and shouldn’t beat yourself up for never being able to get done!  Physical clutter translates into mental clutter so make some time to review your work-space, your home, and anywhere else you go that you have some influence of and see if you can make it cleaner, clearer, brighter and less imposing. Consider reducing your possessions, charities and other people may benefit far more than you do. Allow yourself to function in an ordered environment and your mind will feel lighter too.
  • “Practise Patience”, and practise it all the time! It can be tough to practise patience but the results are profound. By habitually practising remaining calm in the face of potential frustrations, we can dramatically reduce the grip anxieties and stressors have on our mental peace. Parking lots, slow checkouts in the supermarket, unreliable internet connections, and other unexpected life interruptions are all great opportunities to practise patience and even allow us to train our “finding the positivity in things” muscle.

Conclusion

Clearly there are many things we can do to develop our happiness intelligence. By understanding what happiness is, why it is valuable, and learning some of the ways in which we can increase it, you have taken some significant steps along quite possibly the most important journey of your life – understanding how to live happily.

This three part article is only the start of the journey too. We are constantly discovering new triggers and sources of happiness, finding new exercises and techniques to maximise the positive effects and finding ever more effective approaches to accelerate the neuron connection transformations in your brain.

The journey may be uncomfortable at times as we push ourselves outside of our comfort zones and practise this new skill, but the rewards are immense, and the evidence proves it is both possible and realistic.

Help is available to maximise your time efficiency through your happiness journey, and just as learning a musical instrument is easier with a teacher or guide, it is significantly more effective to use these techniques with the guidance and support of an experienced happiness personal trainer such as we offer here!


David is a Mindset Trainer and Coach specialising in habituating scientifically proven exercises as natural daily routines.  He is the founder of A Good Way To Think, and provides habit-forming coaching via our partner platform: Coach.Me