This weeks Nailing It goes to Dr Tim Sharp – Chief Happiness Officer of the Happiness Institute.
When Dr Tim Sharp aka Dr Happy suggested we get his business and my Angel Massage business together so that all of the customers had a “genuinely happy ending”, I laughed very hard (and then promptly used the idea, we now use a “leave-behind” with some of his happiness hints after massages….).
You might expect Dr Happy to be somewhat like the Robin Williams portrayal of real life Dr Patch Adams, who makes jokes to make the sick happier in times of need.
As demonstrated by Tim’s suggestion on happy endings he is not without a sense of humour, but Tim displays more calm and contentment than Robin would have ever been able to portray.
His work is less about making the ill better and more about making everyone better. You don’t have to be suffering from mental illness to enjoy the benefits of positive psychology.
You can be “ok” and still massively benefit.
Positive Psychology for anyone unfamiliar in this day and age is the science of happiness.
Dr Tim was an Academic and clinical Psychologist in his 20’s to mid 30’s, but over the last 10 years has spent his time literally writing the book on happiness.
Via Penguin and Finch he has penned: The Happiness Handbook, The Good Sleep Guide, 100 Ways to Happiness – a guide for busy people, 100 Ways to Happy Children: a guide for busy parents, Live Happier, Live Longer – a guide to positive ageing and The Happiness Diet (you can find them all here on Amazon).
I’m trying to write my first book now and appreciate what an epic feat it is to do this. Yet Tim includes 50+ corporate speaking engagements per year and his work as Adjunct Professor at UTS and Adjunct Professor at RMIT sees him teaching a new generation of business and health students.
Then there is his work as a coach to executive leaders, being Chief Happiness Officer at the Happiness Institute, owner of Tim Sharp and Associates and regularly appearing on TV and in the media.
With some people when they have such demands on them they close off from others – friends and family included. Dr Tim knows that is not the path to happiness and has instead managed to become somehow more open.
It’s actually a fantastic business story in itself. The way Tim sets up his information inputs – from the apps on his phones to his Google alerts – he gives himself a rich and relevant information diet.
Then he manages his time beautifully using lists, calendars and priorities in a way that I envy. Finally he has mastered using social media and timely one-off chats to maintain deep relationships with a wide and diverse network.
It’s not just his great attitude – it’s his skills that cause him to be Nailing It
Outside of his professional life Tim loves sports of all codes and attends regularly. He has genuine concern for Australian society and sits an advisor on various charities and corporate funds that address social issues. He is also an Australia Day Ambassador.
In 2010 he was recognized for this whole area of his work with the Future Leaders Award.
Dr Happy has a wonderful relationship with his wife and his two teenaged kids. They manage to have holidays that look really cool.
Every year they make there way North to the famous Woodford Folk Festival.. Tim usually speaks and then they spend the days hanging out a listening to live music. That’s a cool family!
Dr Tim Sharp is not a comedian. He is a thoughtful, funny, engaging, “renaissance man” who has helped thousands of Australians. And he is: Nailing It.
I personally want to say thanks for his ongoing kindness, patience, generosity and positive influence in my life. Thanks.