Happiness ... it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

~ Vincent van Gogh ~

Happy Directory

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There’s always more to learn about the art of happiness

A list of happiness experts

… in no particular order

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If you have a site on happiness, provide services in this field, or can recommend some related contacts, feel free to get in touch.

(See also Happy Directory – Life Coaches)

Goldie Hawn – The Hawn Foundation (USA)

Academy Award winning actress, producer and director Goldie Hawn has developed a program called MindUp to help children lead happier, healthier, smarter lives.

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Dr Martin Seligman

Noted American author, psychologist, with a long history in the field of positive psychology. His questionnaires (provided on his University of Pennsylvania site) are excellent and free.

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Gretchen Reuben – The Happiness Project

Manhattan identity, and bestselling author of The Happiness Project, Gretchen Reuben runs a blog, offering advice and insights on all things to do with happiness

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Dr Daniel Siegel

Psychiatrist and author of The Mindful Brain, Dr Siegel is a charming and gentle fellow who demonstrates a genuine care in his work (Okay, I’m biased. His lecture at a conference I attended was outstanding). Dr Siegel’s research into how we can be happier using a few simple methods to maximize our brain’s natural abilities is fascinating.

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Dr Sonja Lyubomirsky (USA)

UCLA based author of The How of Happiness, Dr Lyubomirsky has based her exploration of happiness on the basis of her extensive research.

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Dr Robert Holden and Ben Renshaw (UK & USA)

… and their team offer coaching, courses, and books covering happiness.

Dr Holden is the Founder and Director of The Happiness Project and Success Intelligence

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Happy News

Where do you go to get some upbeat news? Happy News of course! The Texas based team of Happy News publishes good news stories online from around the world.

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The Pursuit of Happiness (USA)

The team of Todd Kashdan, Mia Borzello, Paul Desan, Lance Hickey, Allison Holzer, Debra Park, Mark Setton, & John Wright provide a range of training options on happiness to help you find yours.

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Professor Tim Sharp (Australia)

With three degrees in psychology, Professor Sharp is the founder and Chief Happiness Officer of The Happiness Institute.

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Vajrayana Institute

Centre for the study and development of the mind and heart in keeping with the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Dr John Gottman & Julie Gottman (USA)

Founders of the Gottman Institute, this couple offer some of the most respected advice on marriage guidance in the world. Backed by extensive research in the behavior of couples, the Gottman’s are able to predict the success or failure of a marriage with astounding accuracy. Offering training, books, and anything else relevant to marriage guidance, they are widely recognized for their practical insights into what makes a good marriage. (They are also excellent speakers!)

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Tal Ben Shahar

Positive psychology lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Centre, Herzliya, Israel. Bestselling author of: Happier: Learn the Secrets of Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfilment, and The Pursuit of Perfect.

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Happy Hearts Fund (HHF)

The Happy Hearts Fund (HHF) mission is to improve children’s lives through educational and sustainable programs in natural disaster areas.

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Dr Stuart Brown

MD & Founder of the National Institute for Play, USA.

He is the bestselling author of: Play: how it shapes the brain, opens the imagination, and invigorates the soul.

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Psych Central

Their slogan says it all: Learn Share Grow. Regularly maintained by Dr. Grohol and a collection of contributing editors, it is an excellent source for mental health information, which is widely connected with professionals in psychology, social work, and psychiatry

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer

This outstanding Christian thinker famously stood up against the Nazi regime during WW2, even though it cost him his life. His philosophy and practical faith are an inspiration that leaves a lasting legacy to this day. There are a number of books about him, including The Life and Times of Dietrich Bohnhoeffer. But Wikipedia is certainly a good place to start.

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Dr Oliver Sacks

Neurologist and noted author of ten books to date, Dr Sacks famously wrote The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat. His exploration of brain function has relevance to issues of happiness and wellbeing.

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Viktor Frankl

Certainly one of the most profound thinkers of the Twentieth Century (in my opinion), Working as a psychiatrist in Vienna in the 1930s, Dr Frankl survived the Holocaust and went on to pioneer Logotherapy, highlighting importance of meaning. Whilst not an easy read, his book Man’s Search For Meaning is a triumph of wisdom that transcends his profession.

See also

To see some rare footage of his talk “Why to Believe in Others” on TED

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Dr Norman Doidge

Bestselling author of The Brain That Changes Itself, revealing the remarkable ability of the brain’s adaptability to damage and destructive behaviors. Dr Doidge is also a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and enthusiastic poet.

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Dr Daniel Goleman

Psychologist and bestselling author of the book Emotional Intelligence.

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Psychology Today

Offers a fascinating review of all things happy.

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Dr Wayne Dyer (USA)

Well known author and speaker on personal development, Mr Dyer offers his own unique insights into happiness and wellbeing.

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Marci Shimoff (USA)

Bestselling author of Chicken Soup for the Women’s Soul, & Happy for No Reason. If you haven’t heard of Marci it’s time you got to know her and her work.

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Stephanie Dowrick (Australia)

Author of several books, including Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love, Ms Dowrick is also an Interfaith Minister.

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Ruth Ostrow (Australia)

One of Australia’s leading mind, body & soul writers, and author of several books, including Life Magic, Ms Ostrow is also a journalist and social commentator.

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Happy Heart

Harry and Georgina Flanigan’s website promoting happiness

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Your Happy

Angie Christine promotes Women’s Health and Fitness in relation to Cancer Awareness. As a Christian, Angie shares her faith and experience with cancer in her upbeat blog.

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Results Coaching Systems

Established in 1988, Results Coaching Systems is an accredited, coaching and consultant organization.

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Happy Lifecoaches introduction

Teaching life skills and workplace happiness.

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Guy Kawasaki

… talks on his own blog about career and success.

In his own words: A practical blog for impractical people.

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Anita Bruzzese (McLean VA, USA)

Writes On The Job – a blog about workplace issues. As a trained journalist Anita’s writing reads well on the subject.

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Heather Mundell – Dream Big Coaching Services

… offers plenty of good advice on doing work well.


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Alexandra Levit

Talks about work from a practical standpoint in these challenging times.

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Anastasiya Goers

Ms Goers runs a weblog that explores issues about finding your best through life balance.

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Natural-Health Zone

Based in exotic Israel, Janne, who runs this site, offers various information on holistic health and wellness. Not only is her site worth a look, but I believe Janne’s gentle and patient approach make her someone you can enjoy dealing with.

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101 Inspirational Ideas for Celebrations, Life, Self and More

Whether it’s ideas and information for celebrations, fun and relaxation; happiness, personal growth and self help tips; or advice for life, relationships and home improvement, Reuben has many inspirational ideas.

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Happy Children’s Books

Sally is a very talented person who lives in California and has self-published a string of children’s books. As an author and experienced artist, she adds the unique appeal of images that feel both fun and expressive. If you have children, take a look at her work and find something uplifting that you can share.

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Happy Tours Uganda

Paul Okia's website "Happy Tours"

Paul Okia from Happy Tours in Uganda got in touch with me and asked if I would include his tourist portal site.

Based in Kampala, Uganda, admittedly Paul’s Happy Tours travel site is a bit rough round the edges. But it does offer a fascinating insight into life in this part of Africa, along with information on travel options. Curious? Take a look for yourself.


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See also Happy Directory - Life Coaches