• When Happiness is Not Enough - Chris Skellett

    One of ZHUCHI's favourite presenters, Chris Skellett, will be doing a guest slot alongside the Dalai Lama at the Happiness & It's Causes Conference in Melbourne in three weeks.

    Later this year, Chris will be doing a four-city tour of Australia to promote his pleasure/achievement principle and how it can be used to work with clients, staff, kids, yourself even - to get the best balance in life.  

    In his own words Chris explains his work on the pleasure and achievement principle...

     

    Did you know that universally there are two types of happiness?

    Have you ever eaten a big piece of chocolate cake? Why did you eat it? Because it tastes delicious and gives you a short moment of pleasure that’s why! This is the first type of happiness - PLEASURE.

    Pleasure is based on short-term gratification. It’s fun, it’s indulgent, it’s the basis of humour, enjoyment and a sense of contentment. We live in the moment, we feel alive, we feel comfortable and soak up life to the full.

    The second type of happiness is different. You might find yourself one day signing up to your local gym. Most of us don’t go to the gym because we enjoy it, we go because we have a goal of wanting to look good and be fit and healthy. Once we achieve this goal we experience the feeling of SATISFACTION - our second type of happiness.

    Satisfaction is based on the achievement of personal goals. We set goals, we achieve them, and we feel satisfied with the result. We value motivation, drive and ambition. We climb mountains, win gold and there are always improvements to be made, things to learn and opportunities to explore. We make lists, we work hard, and by the end of the day we are tired.

    The secret to happiness is by balancing these two elements in our lives and When Happiness Is Not Enough shows you how by teaching you to apply the Pleasure/Achievement Principle to all areas of your life.

    If we ignore the balance of these elements a number of problems can surface... If our pleasure becomes excessive we find ourselves drifting into a number of unhealthy lifestyles such as overeating and substance abuse. If our will to achieve becomes excessive this can result in stress, anxiety and restlessness.

    When Happiness Is Not Enough will ultimately teach you that we must aim to balance the excitable pleasure of the moment with the deeper satisfaction of achieving our established goals so we can lead the happiest and healthiest life possible.

     

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