I decided to study the subject of Happiness – the theory and the science – and wrote a book summarising the main issues. I figured that although there are many reasons why people and society are unhappy, there are also more resources available than ever before to sort the problems out. There is no better time to address these issues than now!
But what I could realistically do about it? However deep I went into the subject, I came back to the basic premise that ‘happiness’ should be the goal. But not ‘happiness’ in the intangible sense. You often hear people talk about each other ‘they’re so happy’, ‘how come he’s always so happy?’ The emphasis must be on the practical aspect, achieving real change in people’s lives. Hence the birth of Your Daily Bread.
So I created a course to share with people what I’ve picked up. And I started teaching it in 2011. I’m still learning from it, from the people who come to it, about what the real issues are. I’m working with people from all walks of life, and running days with groups including theatre collectives, coaching businesses and other organisations. The course is just the start of it. It means nothing if it’s not put into practice. So I’m keeping in touch with everyone’s developments.
My belief is that by understanding this new science and deploying simple tools with regular practice anyone can improve the happiness of their daily life. It’s certainly worked for me. And my aim is to help as many people as I can make it work for them.
But the litmus test is this: it’s the most fun I’ve ever had and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.