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Dr Tim

Dr Happy - Pyschologist, Author & Keynote Speaker


Dr Tim Sharp is Australia's very own Dr Happy', at the forefront of the positive psychology movement and founder of the Happiness Institute.

With three degrees in psychology (including a Ph.D.) and an impressive record as an academic, clinician and coach, Dr Happy has run one of Sydney's most respected clinical psychology practices, a highly regarded executive coaching practice, and is founder and CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of The Happiness Institute, Australia's first and largest organisation devoted to enhancing happiness.

After tireless efforts for more than 20 years to improve mental health and promote happiness and positivity, he is firmly in the eye and mind of the public as a leader in mental health and the authority on all things happiness.

Current Work

Tim is the co-host of Podcast One's Be a Man and a regular contributor for Body&Soul. He also contributes to a variety of print and online media including SMH, the Australian Financial Review, The Weekend Australian Sunday Life and Mamamia.

He is an engaging and sought-after public speaker, accomplished presenter and regular on Australian and International television screens, featuring on Today, The Morning show and Today Tonight.

As a best-selling author of a number of books including The Good Sleep Guide, The Happiness Handbook, 100 Ways to Happiness: a guide for busy people, 100 Ways to Happy Children: a guide for busy parents and Live Happier, Live Longer– your guide to positive ageing; his work has been seen and read by millions of people.

Dr Happy is available for all types of media opportunities, TV and radio presenting, brand partnerships, corporate speaking and training.

Previous Experience

Education and Research: After more than 10 years of formal psychology study, and another decade lecturing in and researching human behaviour and emotion, he has taught at most of the major universities in Australia and is currently Adjunct Professor at both UTS and RMIT. Actively involved in research, his key areas of interest include enhancing happiness at work and promoting healthy living via positive psychology principles.

Consultancy: He has consulted to multinational organisations and worked with clients from all corners of society and business – making his appeal and ability to resonate with any audience one if his greatest strengths.

Talking Points

Positive Psychology - Choose To Be Happy

The fundamentals for Positive Psychology are simpler than you think, but as with most things in life, harder to apply. Improve performance and productivity through the principles of Positive Psychology, proven to enhance engagement, strengthen coolaboration and drive resilience to achieve greater happiness and wellbeing with meaning.

Positive Ageing

Would you like to keep living, even as you age? Learn the tips and tricks to keeping a positive attitude and staying young at heart as you hit those later milestones in life.

Habits for Happiness

Dr Tim Sharp aka Dr Happy has completed 3 degrees in psychology following which he has worked as a therapist, academic and researcher for more than a decade. It's safe to say there's not much he doesn't know about human behaviour, especially happiness, and how to help others. However for all of his adult life,
Dr Tim Sharp has also endured his own lived experience of ill mental health. In this presentation, Tim shares his story, from a personal and professional perspective, and all he's learned about happiness, mental health, resilience, thriving and flourishing, whilst highlighting the strategies workplaces can use to support their teams.

Faults, Failure & F#%kups - A Perfect Recipe for Success & Happiness

Have you ever made a mistake? Have you ever failed at something? More to the point, who hasn't? We all have, including many famous and successful people, so why then do we resist this reality so determinedly? What if we could not just accept but really embrace our faults, failings and f#%kups to enjoy more happiness and success in life. Perhaps we'll never be really happy until we do.

Lost & Found

After several decades of researching, writing, and talking about happiness, and how to live a great life, Dr Tim Sharp has finally admitted that he really might have been lost all these years. But that’s OK, because some of the best moments of his life have come from aimlessly wandering nature trails and allowing his mind to wander through all the deep, and sometimes dark and disturbing, nooks and crannies of his varied emotional experiences.
In this, Tim’s most personal keynote yet, Tim presents both the scientific findings and his own lived-experiences, illustrating how and why we can live a better life not necessarily by trying to “find ourselves” or by searching for clarity but rather, by accepting that it’s OK to be lost and imperfect, and in fact sometimes the best times and the best lessons come from embracing the messiness of our internal and external worlds and using it all for growth.
Tim is an outstanding public speakers that gave a great opening keynote to the Psychological Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace Congress. He delivered an inspiring presentation that demystified positive psychology and firmly positioned it within the corporate world. Intrepid Minds
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