This week I had the pleasure of speaking to a good friend of mine and top notch bloke, Robbie Figg about the inspiring role he’s recently taken on as the National Partnerships & Corporate Relations Manager of ‘Happiness Co’.
Now I know what you’re thinking:
“There’s seriously a business out there called Happiness Co? That sounds like something out of a Disney movie” and you know what? I think you may be right. There’s certainly a bit of Disney magic that goes into what they do.
Founded by Julian Pace in June of 2017, Happiness Co was founded with a mission to radically curb unhappiness and lower the rates of depression and attempted suicide in our society. Ten months on, the team at Happiness Co have built up a Social Media following of over 100,000 people. They’ve also enrolled over 2,000 people into their various courses, that focus on teaching people practical skills for improving their own happiness and well being.
There was so much to take away from my conversation with Robbie about happiness, business, success, well being and more, but to give you a taste, here are three practical tips that I took from my conversation with Robbie that might be able to help you, next time you’re feeling down in the dumps.
- Write down what you’re feeling.
One of the keys to staving off unhappiness and reducing negative overwhelm is getting what you’re feeling out of your head and onto a piece of paper. Whether that’s physical paper, notes on your phone or a doc on your laptop, this trick of processing and unloading your feelings in the form of writing, often takes a lot of the chaos and intensity out of our feelings. We begin to get perspective and regain some control over the emotions we’re feeling rather than letting them be in control of you.
- Practice sharing what you’re grateful for.
Again, this is something that’s really useful to write down and the good news is: that they don’t have to be world changing events. Acknowledging small wins like getting the kids to school on time or taking a ten minute walk throughout the day, play a big part in embracing a positive mindset that focuses on gratitude first.
- Vulnerability is key.
Share your story. Robbie mentioned that by speaking up and telling people when you’re not feeling the best, you’re not only helping yourself, but you’re also making it ten times easier for the people around you to be vulnerable too. Happiness Co’s new “Man Enough” movement is focused on removing the stigma surrounding men opening up about their feelings and celebrating those courageous enough to share their story.
Bonus Tip: Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
Every step you take helps and no one behaviour is a cure all, but if you stick to it and stay committed, you can increase the amount of happiness in your life too.
The Man Enough movement will take Happiness Co to remote towns all over Australia and allow them to teach skills just like these ones to some of the people that need them most. Over the course of the year Julian and the team will have provided over $150,000 worth of coaching for free through this movement. If you’d like to get involved, buy a ticket to their Man Enough Gala on the 7th of April at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth and support this awesome initiative. https://www.facebook.com/events/167386720567880/