Welcome to HEY THERE HAPPINESS!
We’re a not-for-profit organisation with the sole aim of helping to make you, me and the world happier! It starts with our podcasts. We’ll be delivering a weekly podcast with chats around the topic of happiness and all of the subtle aspects of it. In each chat we’ll dig into the nitty gritty workings of the different elements, and break them down into simple steps that we can all try out for ourselves. You can expect to hear topics like why spending time in nature is so positive, or how a new attitude could transform your life.
Beyond the podcasts, we’ll be taking our recommendations out into the community and looking for people to test them out! We’re calling these our ‘happiness trials’. I will personally be taking part, and I hope you do too!
As for our projects, we’re always on the lookout for happiness ideas that we think have scope on a large scale. Check out our very first project… It’s called Legend & the locals, and it’s built on the idea that making music and being connected to our creativity makes us happy. Here’s a link to find out more:
And we’ve got a bunch of programs in the making too. Look out for our ‘Hey there happiness Schools Program’ as well as our ‘Hey there happiness In The Workplace workshops’.
So thank you for connecting with us. I sincerely hope you’ll come along with us for the ride. And we’d love to hear your thoughts. If you’ve got ideas that you’d like to hear discussed, or you’re doing your very own happiness trials, let us know! Send us a message or use #heytherehappiness
Let’s choose happiness… together!
Founder of Hey There Happiness
MEET THE TEAM
ABOUT THE FOUNDER – KATE SCHLICK
Hey! Thanks for checking out Hey There Happiness. It’s my sincere hope that this will be a place of inspiration and support for people all around the world, encouraging you to live a life that truly makes you happy.
So what’s my story? 3 years ago, my life was a glowing ball of energy and good times. My music career was blossoming and my home life was wonderful. I had married an amazing creative, loving man and we had built a home that made us happy, among the trees. Our baby daughter came along, and then 8 weeks later, for my husband’s work, we moved to Germany.
It was mid winter, so right off the bat, I was faced with all sorts of challenges. I didn’t understand how to live in a cold climate. I couldn’t speak the language well enough to make real connections. I didn’t have a car, and we lived too far from most things to go by foot in the cold. My husband worked day and night. And of course my family and friends were half a world away. I was alone. Culturally, linguistically and physically isolated. No part of my life resembled what it had been at home.
It took surprising little time for me to fall apart. I started the journey with the attitude that ‘I can do this… I can do anything’… but within 6 months I had to admit that I had been expecting too much of myself. I started to crack, and each crack got bigger and bigger. I tried my hardest to pretend that it wasn’t happening, but the more I fought it, the further I fell, until finally I felt like there was nothing left of the me that I knew. I hit the bottom and shattered into a million pieces, falling to the ground like snow, and I had no idea what to do or any sense of which direction to go in. And so finally, I sat at the bottom and let myself feel everything that I had been trying to deny. And I stayed there… at the bottom, for about a year.
I found time for myself to just be and feel all of the emotions that were raging through me. Day in, day out. It was exhausting, but it also felt satisfying. Until finally the day came when I realised that even though I couldn’t change where we were living, it was up to me to change the way I felt about it.
I started looking into what I now call ‘happiness practices’. I tried everything I heard about, from gratitude, to time in nature, to attitudes… the list goes on. I found what worked for me and then I dedicated my days to the practice.
The ending to the story is clear right? These happiness practises, small as they may seem, allowed me to turn my life around even though nothing in my situation had changed. From hating life and feeling completely abandoned, I began to see all of the possibilities. I made connections. I had wonderful experiences. I fell in love with Germany and the people. And more than anything I learnt the importance of making happiness a conscious decision.
My story isn’t unique. We have all had times where we’ve felt like this to some extent. And this is exactly why I feel compelled to share my story. Talking about this is important. Starting the conversation is important. I want to share what I’ve learnt so far with you, and I want to continue this journey with you too.
Happiness is a daily practice, so let’s practice together.
So many people have heard about Hey There Happiness and immediately asked to be a part of it. Often we feel like we struggle alone, but the more you talk about it, the more you realise that many people are striving to create happiness in their lives. We have been fortunate enough that some of these people share our passion for taking happiness out into the world – stay tuned to meet our Happiness Ambassadors!