Ideal Happy to Sad Ratio? 3:1, Says Dr. Happy

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/07/15/Dr_Happy_and_Mr_Percival_The_Happiness_Handbook

Psychologist Timothy Sharp (a.k.a. Dr. Happy) argues against the concept that negative emotions such as depression, stress, and anxiety should be reduced or eliminated to achieve happiness. Sharp approximates the ideal ratio of positive emotions and experiences to negative ones at 3:1.


Professor Timothy Sharp is founder of The Happiness Institute. Sharp believes the key obstacle to happiness, for most people, is “the tyranny of when…” the addictive but destructive belief that “I’ll be happy when…I have more money, a bigger house, or a better job.” He matter-of-factly talks about how, by creating positivity in the first instance, we’re more likely to achieve our goals, and how this idea is supported by valid and reliable scientific studies.

Dr. Happy is later joined in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House by a friend, Mr. Percival, aka vocal artist Darren Percival (director of “ensembleous spontaneous vocalous”) who brings inspiration by way of his inventive use of microphones and simple technologies. – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Timothy Sharp (aka Dr. Happy) is an academic, clinician and sought-after executive coach with a passion for applying the principles of positive psychology. He is the founder of Australia’s first organization devoted solely to promoting the principles of positive psychology in individuals, families and organizations, The Happiness Institute, and best-selling author of The Happiness Handbook, consultant and media commentator.

He has worked with some of Australia’s leading executives and top companies including professional service, as well as businesses within the finance sector. Professor Sharp is a bestselling author, and sought after consultant and public speaker.



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