Dr. Happy

Dr. Tim Sharp is Australia’s very own ‘Dr. Happy’, at the forefront of the positive psychology movement and founder of The Happiness Institute.

A sought after public speaker, consultant, best-selling author, news columnist and a regular on Australian and International television, Dr. Happy is widely regarded as a leader in mental health and the authority on all things happiness in Australia.

With three degrees, including a Ph.D in psychology, plus an impressive record as an academic, clinician and coach, Dr. Happy is a passionate professional with a wealth of experience both in the field and the media.

To find out more about The Happiness Institute, visit drhappy.com.au

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Why Does Social Media Make Me Feel Miserable?

Why Does Social Media Make Me Feel Miserable?

Dr. Happy

It’s virtually impossible to avoid spending some time on social media and many of us may experience the social comparison and misery that comes from innocently scrolling through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. According to mental health expert and psychologist Dr. Happy “Whether we realise it or not, most of us are constantly evaluating our own attractiveness, intelligence, success, attributes and qualities by comparing ourselves to how we perceive others in these domains”. With this in mind, Dr. Happy shares some simple tips to ensure you enjoy using social media without it making you feel miserable.

Category:Mental Health
Take a Holiday for Your Health

Take a Holiday for Your Health

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Regular breaks are important for our health and wellbeing. According to Mental Health Expert and Psychologist Dr. Happy,” We are working harder and longer and we’re more stressed than we’ve ever been. In his latest article for HIF, Dr. Happy explains the importance taking multiple holidays a year to ensure we feel refreshed and revitalised.
Category:Mental Health
How to Help Your Child Cope with the Loss of a Pet

How to Help Your Child Cope with the Loss of a Pet

Dr. Happy

There’s no doubt that every pet we own, becomes part of the family. Many children form lifelong bonds with their pets but unfortunately, our pets don’t live forever. Psychologist and Mental Health Expert Dr. Happy, from The Happiness Institute shares his personal experience on how to help your child understand loss while, also highlighting the opportunity for parents to teach their children several life lessons.

Category:Mental Health
7 Benefits of Swimming for Mental Health

7 Benefits of Swimming for Mental Health

Dr. Happy

We all know there’s a physical benefit of swimming, but have you ever stopped to think about the mental health benefits? According to Dr Happy from the happiness institute “Regular exercise is a potent stress-buster, and a powerful antidepressant. In addition, exercise is a magnificent mood enhancer, contributing to positive emotions such as happiness and satisfaction, pride and contentment. In this latest article for HIF, Dr. Happy shares 7 ways swimming can benefit your mental health.

Category:Mental Health
What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

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Anyone can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after they experience or witness an event that threatens their life or safety, or others around them. Psychologist and Mental Health Expert Dr. Happy, from The Happiness Institute explains what it is and shares the most common signs and symptoms that can impact daily life for someone suffering with PTSD.

Category:Mental Health
Worried About Your Child’s Gaming Habit? Here’s How You Can Manage It!

Worried About Your Child’s Gaming Habit? Here’s How You Can Manage It!

Dr. Happy

Does your child spend too much time playing video games?  If you’ve answered yes, don’t worry you’re not alone. According to Mental Health Expert and Psychologist Dr. Happy, “95% of parents admitted to being worried about the risks associated with online gaming and the amount of time their children spend playing”. In his latest article for HIF, Dr. Happy, shares his top tips on how to ensure your children develop appropriate and important skills around self-control, decision making and effective communication.

Category:Mental Health
How an Injury Can Affect Your Mental Health (And How You Can Manage It)

How an Injury Can Affect Your Mental Health (And How You Can Manage It)

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Regardless of the nature or even the severity, any injury has the potential to derail our smooth functioning. According to mental health expert and psychologist Dr. Happy “There’s no doubt that injuries can contribute to pain – both physical and emotional. But there’s also no doubt that how we interpret these injuries, or how we think about what they mean for us and our future.” In his latest article for HIF, Dr. Happy shares the importance of focusing on what you can do when injured, rather than what you can’t.

Category:Mental Health
How Alcohol Affects Your Mental Health

How Alcohol Affects Your Mental Health

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Alcohol affects people in different ways. According to Mental Health Expert and Psychologist Dr. Happy, “Although alcohol appears to have a positive impact initially, and it can be fun and cause an improvement in mood in the very short term, over the medium to longer term it affects brain chemistry; and not in a good way. Alcohol disrupts the balance of neurotransmitters which can cause depression, anxiety and even anger and irritability.” Learn more from Dr. Happy about the effects of alcohol on your body and your mental health.

Category:Mental Health
How to Get over Those Post-Holiday Blues

How to Get over Those Post-Holiday Blues

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When you get back from holidays almost instantly they seem like a distant memory and you’re back into your everyday life and post-holiday blues set in. We chatted with mental health expert Dr. Happy, about his top tips for overcoming post-holiday blues while also creating more happiness and a better life.

Category:Mental Health
The Role of Music in the Workplace – Can It Boost Productivity?

The Role of Music in the Workplace – Can It Boost Productivity?

Dr. Happy

Does music boost productivity in the workplace? Well, the simple answer is yes. Psychologist and mental health expert, Dr. Happy explains “listening to music can increase the speed with which people complete tasks; and improve the quality of ideas people have.” In his latest article for HIF, Dr. Happy shares the benefits that music can have at work, while remembering that one person’s Mozart is another person’s Justin Bieber!

Category:Mental Health
Get Set for a Stress-Free Christmas

Get Set for a Stress-Free Christmas

Dr. Happy

For many people, the festive season is a wonderful and happy time. For others, however, this time of year can actually be very difficult. The festive season can be a period that reinforces the extent to which people feel alone, or serves as a reminder of loss. For some it’s a very busy work period and no time for celebrations or even any rest. Whomever you are and where ever you fit there are several strategies that can help. In his latest article for HIF, mental health expert, Dr. Happy from The Happiness Institute shares five things you can do to have a (relatively) merry festive season.

Category:Mental Health
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