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The Three Vital Ingredients To Happiness- At Work, and In Life

Woody Allen once said something like “80% of the secret to success is just turning up.” I ‘turned up’ once to a talk by someone billed as ‘the world wide expert on happiness.’ I left an hour later a changed man. And have had a much happier life ever since. Here are the three key tips I learnt that day.

His name is Dr Martin Seligman. He’s the Director of The Positive Psychology Center at The University of Pennsylvania. In essence he’s spent much of his career researching and helping people suffering from depression. Through this work he gained deep insight into ‘happiness’ and resilience, and has shaped theories around this which I wanted to hear more about.

So one cold winter night I went with my brother-in-law to his lecture in downtown Sydney. It was life changing. This is what he told us.

Christmas Special: The Top Three ‘Possums’ Posts For 2011

I have been overwhelmed by the positive response and support from around the world since launching this blog 7 months ago. Thank you.

More than 3,000 subscribers per week now receive ‘Wrestling Possums, either through subscription to the weekly post, via twitter (@chrisjohnsavage) or via the Possums Facebook page.

Here are three posts that stirred the most response this year. All three are really about us as people- how we can cope with, manage and handle better the pressures we’re under. Perhaps you read them and remember them. If so, read them again for a Christmas reminder.

Have a safe Christmas break and make 2012 one of your best years ever!

The secret to achieving your goals every time

‘Success is steady progress towards one’s personal goals’- well, that’s what my fortune cookie from The Peacock Gardens told me last night.

Achieving goals is a daunting journey littered with setbacks. Yet watching our 8 year old son learn to play rugby has reminded me of the secret to reaching goals. Simply put, he refused to tackle. No matter how much I yelled, begged, bribed, cajoled- he could not bring himself to do a tackle. Until someone whispered the secret in my ear.

It’s the secret that has helped me to dust myself off when I’ve failed, and has kept me moving forward. And it’s a secret that works whether you’re 8, or 50.