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Habits for Happiness

By: Dr Tim Sharp
Narrated by: Dr Tim Sharp
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  • Summary

  • How do we get happy? Listen to a positive, step-by-step guide on the building blocks for personal happiness by Dr Tim Sharp (aka Dr Happy).

    Through ten daily habits, this series provides the learnings and practical strategies for creating a happier life.

    Dr Tim Sharp is a clinical and consulting psychologist with three degrees in psychology and a distinguished career over several decades. He's Australia's very own "Dr Happy" and the founder of The Happiness Institute.

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. 

    Update, May 6th 2020: With bonus episode Habits in Isolation: At a time when people around the world are experiencing isolation and higher levels of anxiety, building healthy habits and prioritising happiness is more important than ever. In this bonus episode, Dr Tim Sharp gives you some ideas for how the ten Habits for Happiness can become part of your own life right now, even when everything feels strange and uncertain.

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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: Create a Vision Board
    Dec 30 2019

    Imagine your best possible life. Happiness will be far easier to achieve if you know what it looks like for you. So create a vision board and map out what your best possible life could be, focusing on values and details.

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    20 mins
  • Ep. 2: Find a Way to Win
    Dec 30 2019

    Set goals. Happy people also tend to set goals within their visions; and more so, happiness will be far more likely if your goals are SMART.

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    16 mins
  • Ep. 3: Just Laugh
    Dec 30 2019

    Have fun. How could this not be something you want to do? Make fun and laughter a priority in your life, not something you’re allowed to enjoy when you’ve done everything else.

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    17 mins

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Not for disabled people

I wanted to listen to this to get tips on what to do/concentrate on to be happy more of the time. But as a disabled person I frankly found it pretty depressing. Apparently when visualising your 'great life' to aim for, the most important thing is that "you're healthy and happy, full of energy". As someone with a chronic illness which affects my energy levels this made me break inside a little. I have struggled long and hard to carve out a happy fulfilling life while ill, and it's been very difficult to accept the reality of my illness (and the permanence of it). Visualising a life free from illness and full of energy is something I've had to train myself out of doing as it only brings sadness, anger and stagnation as I wait to be healthy again (or try endless snake oil cures), rather than building a good life with the health I have.
So to hear in the first few minutes of these podcasts that the most important thing for visualising "your version" of a "great life" is to visualise one full of health and energy...
Thanks for ruling out any life I am able to lead from your vision of what makes a "good life" where I could be happy. This podcast is ableist bullshit which will make you miserable if you're permanently disabled.

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Superficial & potentially harmful

Dr. Happy is a pretty nauseating name for anyone who I older than 5 at birthday party expecting a clown. Repeated use almost requires medication. The focus on materialism to achieve the transient experience of happiness ("on my boat with my mates") is very dangerous, leading to a futile pursuit of more "stuff", costing more money, bringing the twin evils of debt & more work. The cases at the end of the three chapters I was able to listen to sounded like self-satisfied assholes. Very glad this book was free

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not for me

as I person who has a chronic disability this book was not good for me it just reminded me of my limits, so I found it very irritating say the least.

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Nope

Don’t waste your time. It’s absolutely useless. It’s like the inspirational quote version of a pod cast. Maybe if you’re not actually mentally ill it would...na even then I wouldn’t bother. Do yourself a favour and get a decent book, new mood journal by David burns or something else like that.

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Positive psychology 101 - and still ridiculous

You have heard it all before. As is always the case with pos. psych., the goal is to be happy, there's a list of things that have been proved to help you be happy, and if you just follow the 10 habits, you will become happy. The thing is, this is never the case. "Dr. Happy" even says so in the final episode, basically admitting that although it all sounds good, it will be hard and you won't be happy anyway. So really, what's the point?
This is just another list of tips and tricks to fool yourself into thinking that you are important and that happiness is a goal in and of itself. Don't bother.

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Can't keep listening

Oh my gosh, clichés and drivel, feel like I'm reading a low grade magazine article in a waiting room, discarded by someone else. Discarded for good reason. I'm finding happiness by stopping listening now.. Can't go on.

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Pathetic and self absorbed.

Writer / narrator behaves like a child. Writes like this is the first time he’s held a pen. Do something brave! Jump out a plane!! Get some exercise! Have a great life already!

I am an able bodied relatively stable and moderately successful person (in terms of achievements and “material wealth”), yet this book is still just a “live laugh love” type of affair. If you do not own a boat or are independently wealthy, this book is not for you...

Read David Burns book instead.

These are not habits for happiness, unless one of Dr Tim’s habits was to write 10 useless episodes, pat himself on the back and think to himself “..and that’s how I became Dr Happy!” Sickening stuff.

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insightful

really gave a great insight to happiness and health. thank you Dr Tim sharp

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good for going to sleep!

So dull. Not an original thought in the first chapter. Definitely wont listen to the rest

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excellent non-fussy self help

Loved it, it was easy to listen to and understand. not cliched or overly touchy feely.

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