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Happiness 101


happinessEvery day do you feel happy? If not, it is time to make some changes.

Let’s face it: if we are not happy then why aren’t we?

When we’re young our days are filled with happiness, adventure, no or little stress. Well, I hope it was the same for you.

As we get older we take on responsibilities, relationships, careers and businesses and for some insane reason, we get ourselves into situations that can affect our happiness.

No matter what your situation, the reality is you are there because of the personal choices you make. However, the great news is we can always choose to be happy. If this means changing things, then do it. Being happy should be your number one goal in life. It should be your starting point for any decisions and when circumstances change then you should always bring yourself back to how you are feeling. Then use happiness as your guide.

In January 2015 I was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Luckily it was benign, and it would be removed via brain surgery in June 2015. The next two and half years I spent recovering from this surgery, which has resulted in an expected complication, damage to my pituitary stalk. This means I take several drugs daily to help replace the hormones which would normally be regulated from this area.

The tumour for me was a BIG wakeup call. Time to reassess and get back to being happy. I realised during my three years of recovery I had lost my smile, I has lost joy and it was affecting everything in my life. So, I made up my mind to be happy again. This is my daily goal and after several months there is light at the end of the tunnel for me.

First things first. Get as fit and healthy as I can. Gym three days per week and eat healthy for at least six days per week. I walk on the beach at least twice a week. Build a business I love (Personal Coaching, Writing and Digital Marketing). I love technology and I love helping people.

Next, I am creating new experiences and memories and spending time with my loved ones and my wider whanau and friends.


Be grateful for the people I spend time with and the experience and skills I have.

I help others in my community as much as I can through a community project I established. Every day I am grateful for the skills I have and the people around me.

At fifty-five I am growing, learning, future-focused.

I have a plan and its foundation is happiness. I am building a great business I love, but money is not my driver – Happiness is. The money will come, and I will make sure I invest it in happiness, giving back (makes me happy) and my family (whom I love).

I wake up each morning and think about what is going to make me happy today.

I hope you find this helpful.

Tony Cutting
Personal Coach
M. 021 911 722