What careers did you have prior to founding your business Happiness HQ and what qualifications do you have?
I was a registered nurse way back, then a forensic and medical photographer for 20 years. My qualifications include a registered nursing degree, I have a Bachelor of Applied Science (biomedical photography), and I’m a certified life coach and reiki practitioner. And though it’s not a formal qualification, practice of meditation and Buddhist philosophy for 15 years has had a huge positive influence on me and my work.
What led to you creating Happiness HQ?
We all know the phrase “Happiness comes from within,” but, like most people, I had never been taught how to access it. When I learned in depth about the law of attraction and the power of the mind in general, it had a profound positive effect. I then wanted to share it with others in an easily accessible way, to help people feel lighter and to stop making life harder for themselves.
What does it do and who does it help?
It helps people to understand that each of us has, within our reach, all that we need to make profound changes in our lives, quickly. It helps anyone who wants more peace, fulfilment and true success, amidst the challenges of the modern world.
What is the MAP of YOU that you have created?
It is a practical, visual blueprint that combines age-old wisdom and cutting-edge science, personalised to help people navigate life with ease, no matter what challenges they face. It cuts through the hype about the law of attraction, so it can be harnessed in a down-to-earth, meaningful way.
Your everyday life becomes your curriculum and is your fuel for getting in the flow. When you know how to do this, the heaviness lifts, happiness returns naturally, and the 'miraculous' occurs.Amanda Lee
We all have many demands in our life. Realistically, how easy is it to apply your wisdom in the quest for happiness?
It works because your everyday life becomes your curriculum and is your fuel for getting in the flow. When you know how to do this, the heaviness lifts, happiness returns naturally, and the “miraculous” occurs. When you know how to live in the flow, with true self-love, even though life will always test us, words such as “demand,” “stressed” and “burden” rarely apply. All you require is a commitment to the art of conscious living.
Your story “Attraction in Action” has been chosen from scores of entries for publication in the book Chicken Soup For The Soul: Dreams and The Unexplainable. What is your story about?
It is about the power of intention and a real-life extraordinary event that occurred for my son, who has been learning about the law of attraction since a young age.
How big a deal is it to have this story published?
It is exciting because it is an amazing story that reignites a spark of enthusiasm and lightness in people. It provides them with a heightened sense of possibility.
Happiness appears to be elusive to many. What is the secret to being happy?
Know that you are far more than your body and your five senses, with huge power, and capacity for love and compassion. Develop the skills for weaving this bigger picture into your everyday life, and test it.
As a life coach, what are the most common reasons people seek your help?
Someone recently called me a “happiness activator,” which I think is a more accurate title. Ultimately, happiness is all that anyone is looking for. People who come to me usually feel stuck in some way, or feel weighed down by the stresses of life. There are so many people considered “successful,” who are still seeking real joy and deeper meaning.
What are the most common mistakes people make in trying to be happy?
Believing that happiness comes from something external to ourselves. Then we tend to beeline towards a goal at the expense of love and happiness in the present moment. Another is trying to be happy by simply staying “safe.” This creates a life where the person often feels powerless, or at best is “making lemonade out of lemons.” Another misconception is thinking that turning to inner resources for happiness means giving up on external pleasures. In fact, cultivating inner joy and contentment is the key to attracting what we love most. Success with peace and happiness requires us to move away from using willpower as our driving force. Especially at this time of the year, we need to be mindful not to create more stress and failure, which sadly is often the result we see from New Year’s resolutions.
What is your definition of happiness?
The experience of an inner sense of wellbeing, peace and of feeling whole, regardless of external circumstances.
Any quick tips for reaching personal fulfilment?
Allow yourself to create a clear, heartfelt vision of everything and anything that you want for your life; one that isn’t limited or based on fear. Then, holding that vision, come fully into the present moment and practice just “being.” And then, as Jon Kabat-Zinn’s says, “Lay out the welcome mat for everything.”