Are you happy? If not, cheer up – it’s great for your health!

Are You Happy

Over recent years I have had the good fortune to attend a number of Happiness and its Causes conferences now held in Australia annually.  As on previous occasions, the presentations, events and activities this year were informative and the general atmosphere really motivating and uplifting.

Below are some significant results from research provided by Lyubomirski and King based in the US who have written several papers  that provide a convincing rationale for us to look on the sunny side of life no matter how grey the day…..

Happy people…

Are more productive at work and more creative

Make more money and have superior jobs

Are better leaders and negotiators

Are more likely to marry and to have fulfilling marriages, and less likely to divorce

Have more friends and social support

Have stronger immune systems, are physically healthier, and even live longer

Are more helpful and philanthropic

Cope better with stress and trauma

Having a positive approach to life regardless of the challenges is likely to help boost your health, wealth and happiness!


Matchmakers share insights re matters of the heart!

idate talk fest in Las Vegas

Love and marriage

Last week I attended the matchmakers section of the idate conference in Las Vegas.  The four day event offered a valuable opportunity to meet and mingle with colleagues worldwide.  Given that I have been a human relations consultant and ‘matchmaker’ for more than 36 years I suspect I would have won the award for the longest in the business if there were such a prize to be had! 

 I found it refreshing to share ideas and experiences with other professionals who genuinely want to assist singles to find a partner and have a great relationship.   It was also interesting to compare notes with representatives from several of the different countries represented as to how to work most effectively work in this challenging, much needed area of endeavour.  I was delighted that the majority of the matchmakers present included opportunities for their clients to increase the likelihood of achieving their relationship goals by offering dating coaching and support.

Unfortunately there were only one or two sessions attended by both those working as offline matchmakers/dating coaches and those in the business of online dating.   However, during breaks and when socialising,  I enjoyed several informal discussions about how experienced professionals who work at a personal level could also share their knowledge to achieve better outcomes for those dating online.

Hopefully in the near future millions of singles who are dating online will be able to benefit from the knowledge and experience of professional matchmakers and coaches.




Ever had a promising first date turn into a disaster?

Read on to see that in even the stickiest of circumstances, courtesy and a quick wit can save the day!

On the Tonight show in the US recently, viewers were in stitches as they heard stories about first dates that had been a disaster. TV show host Jay Leno recently went into the audience in search of the most embarrassing first date that a woman ever had. Continue reading