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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. Free for members. You can download all 11 episodes to your Library now.

    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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  • 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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Author clearly has no understanding of PTSD

The author obviously has no understanding of PTSD. To suggest that people who get it focused on the negatives and not the positive outcomes of the trauma, is ludicrous and an insult to so many who have served. PTSD is not comparable to people who have benefited from trauma. PTSD is the subconscious brain defending itself/reliving it. Someone can have PTSD and still grow from their trauma at the same time. Unbelievable how this even got published. I couldnt continue after that as it completely discredits everything else he has to say. This is a disgrace.

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Great commonsense advice

This was a really appealing podcast. Nothing groundbreaking, but really good steps that are achievable, and motivating without being all American and shouty. I've already got lots of simple ideas that will help me kick start a happy new year.

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Definitely worth a listen!

Tim delivers no-nonsense, science-backed advice on cultivating happiness in this series and I couldn't get enough. His delivery is warm and engaging and so easy to listen to. A great series for anyone looking to prioritise their well-being.

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Got me thinking

Feels like one of those rare books that may actually make me change behaviour rather than put down and never think of again. I've already worked out some of my own habits for happiness.

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Self help made easy

Loved it. The ideas are simple and doable. Told in a way that empowers the listener without being airy fairy

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fantastic motivation

I loved this podcast. each episode was in bite sized audios and I learnt something from each one. very easy to listen to.

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Very logical and practical

Loved it. Easy to listen to and some surprisingly good ideas. It provides a great structure with lots of options to ensure you are clear on what will make your life happier.

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Happiness 101

Great simple tips to assist you to achieve happiness. Easy listening. Give it a go. See what happens.

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simple but very effective

I really like how simple the steps were broken down, I have been going through some really tough times in my life and needed something to help guide me back to happiness even though happiness was all around me already. sometimes you just don't see it or subconsciously choose not to see it. this helped me to re-evaluate what is meaningful and gave me a clear path to set smart goals and achieve what I need, gotta say I'm not fully there yet but I am confident of where I will end up. thank you Dr Happy

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very informative

easy to listen and very helpful in many aspects. it's been nice to realise that simple and obvious things of our everyday life underpin our happiness without seeking something particularly sophisticated.

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  • james g.
  • 19-09-2020

Take notes.

I was absolutely amazed at how simple yet enlightening every single chapter was for me. I agree with his simple yet helpful suggestions on how to have a happier life. I am going to listen again, this time taking notes and implementing them as I can. Thank you for this wonderfully encouraging, timed perfectly book.

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  • Michael Tran
  • 01-10-2020

Pragmatic Yet Lacking


Dr. Tim Sharp is a positive psychologist who gives you a pragmatic look on happiness. Overall, and in summary, you cannot always be happy and to expect such is unrealistic. Why then did that take 10 minutes to explain?

Sharp then proceeds to talk about creating a vision board to organize what you want out of your life—at the end are a bunch of people who talk about how their vision boards helped change their lives. It did not feel authentic. I also did not know who any of the 5+ people were.

Overall, this podcast is 3/5. It is not terrible. It is not great. It is average.

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  • Joanne
  • 10-11-2020

Just a goal book

Goals aren't what I'm looking for. Had enough of that in sales. This isn't about happiness, it's about goal setting

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  • L. E. Marvin
  • 18-12-2020

Very Practical and Practicable

Dr. Sharp lays out 10 key skill sets that can be used by anyone to increase their satisfaction with their lives. I like his positive attitude and examples. I don't recommend trying to do everything at once. Start with step one, let it settle in, and then move on to another step. Maybe don't feel obliged to do everything in order. We should all get this training in high school!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-01-2021

Book Review as a team

We decided to read this book as a team at work. One episode a day with a Friday review on Friday. The biggest takeaway has been that life is all about doing the basics better. This book walks through very simply but impactful habits that create a happy and balanced life. Well done.

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  • Booster
  • 28-12-2020

Great Advice!

Really enjoyed this. Very simple habits that can change my outlook on life. Most of these things I already know. The challenge for me is applying them daily.

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  • Desiree G. Eilers
  • 04-06-2021

Awesome

I loved it! Thanks for the advice. I can't wait to start doing these things.

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  • Lulu Chavez
  • 03-02-2021

Love it

Very easy to follow and great info.
Very inspirational and gave me a head start to begin my vision board and have sleep to be a priority

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  • JSMNT
  • 27-06-2021

BORING AF

Did not get any value from listening to the first two episodes. I listened while on the treadmill and I didn't bother to change programs cause I was focused on running. As soon as I was done, I vowed to never listen to this guy again. Literally all blah blah blah. I listen to a lot of self-development stuff, this one seriously sucks. HARD PASS!

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  • DnTA
  • 04-06-2021

Happiness and how to find it

Excellent clarity in descriptions and techniques for a person to take with them into their own life and find their own happiness. The narrator has a pleasant voice in tone and meter.

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  • Annette Guilding
  • 15-01-2020

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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  • Dr RE Hodgson
  • 27-01-2020

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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  • stephen
  • 14-02-2020

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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  • Xstamper
  • 15-05-2020

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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  • Meggan
  • 05-01-2020

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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  • DC
  • 21-02-2020

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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  • reading listener
  • 28-07-2020

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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  • RobertL
  • 11-01-2020

insightful

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

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  • John Hunt
  • 15-01-2020

really really very good

surprised by the quality of the production, really pragmatic approach to sorting your life out.. listening again now but taking notes this time. it would really benefit from an actual book too

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  • Ms Kesington
  • 15-01-2020

Good Listen

I loved listening to these encouraging words, the narrator was very clear and precise on his words .I would definitely recommend everyone .

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