HAPPY: Michele Connolly – Happiness Strategies – Why being happy matters

Posted on November 8, 2007. Filed under: Personal |

I’ve mentioned the amazing(1) Michele Connolly(2) previously, but that was before she had even finished her first How NOT to be Happy series. Now with 62 posts under her belt, I’m *happy* to report her writing just gets better and better.

Whilst some of her posts are laugh out loud funny, and others are pithy, research based insights, there are also thought provoking ones like her series on the Philosophers of Happiness.

My favorite so far is this post on mind tricks.

She even has one for the geeks.

But the best thing is how she treats happiness with respect – it isn’t just some ditzy, hedonistic fluff, instead it is about the realities of happiness, primarily through the positive psychology lens, and how happiness is good for your health, relationships, and even the economy to name a few key areas.

Subscribe to the Happiness Strategies blog

And you can sign up for her monthly newsletter ‘The Happy Times’ on the site as well.

She has also started a Happiness group on Facebook.

Michele is new to blogging, but has taken to it with gusto. I’m keen for her to gain a bigger audience – if you think her stuff is worthwhile, could you help spread the word?(3)

(1) Disclaimer: I am married to Michele.

(2) You won’t find Michele talking about this, but I wish more people knew: Michele was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence last year at Macquarie University. She also won an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship (and $60K!) to progress her research into a PhD. However, she declined the academic path, and has instead this year been writing a book on Happiness Strategies – with the sole aim of equipping people to be happier, higher-achieving contributors to society.

(3) A year from now when her book is on the NYT Bestseller list and her blog is read by absolutely everyone, you can sit back and feel *happy* that you were part of the early readership that helped her become known. 🙂


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Since Anthony Milner alerted me to the Happiness Strategies blog a month ago, I have really enjoyed it. It is well written, intelligent and useful. I particularly enjoyed the “How not to be happy” post which Anthony had linked to. I wish Michele all the best in this endeavour, and I look forward to continued updates. Admittedly I have a soft spot for 80’s music and TV shows so a smile appeared on my face as I noticed a link to the opening scene and music to the Wonder Woman series starring Linda Carter….that show was a must-watch one in our home growing up in Sydney.


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