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A spoonful of inspiration and a unicorn or two will keep the doctor at bay

October 26, 2015 – 9:07 pm |

Happyzine founder Charlotte Squire explains why positive inspiration is as important as yoga class and wheatgrass shots.  
Last night I shared my bed with a cartoonist, some unicorns, and a very optimistic Christian. 
The cartoonist was Andrew …

New musical, spiritual initiative shares positive messages such as unconditional love, in Auckland

October 22, 2015 – 8:03 am |

Aucklanders have adopted a spiritual meeting with a difference combining home made music with subjects such as generosity and unconditional love.
Called “Soul Food,” the gathering – held at the brand new Te Oro music and …

Young NZer of the Year Guy Ryan to share his story on Power of the Positive online course

October 15, 2015 – 6:29 pm |

Young New Zealander of the Year Guy Ryan has set his mind to some awe inspiring dreams for his business, and achieved them.
He says he tries to use positive focus everyday and will share stories of how …

Meet Melanie – she’s dreaming of establishing a National Gratitude Day in New Zealand

September 25, 2015 – 2:00 am | One Comment

When Melanie Mayell emerged from the rubble in Cathedral Square, Christchurch, covered in dust after a major earthquake in 2011, she was overcome with gratitude and a sense of wonder for life.
In the weeks that followed Melanie …

Wondrous Wednesday!

September 9, 2015 – 4:00 am | 4 Comments

 If you were to contemplate five things that are going well for you right now what would they be?

Returning to the compass within – by Charlotte Squire

September 8, 2015 – 7:53 am |

 Recently I gave a talk to a circle of beautiful women about positive parenting. Something I had learned from some really tough years when I was solo parenting a young child struck a chord with …

Wondrous Wednesday: What are you thankful for today?

September 2, 2015 – 5:30 pm |

By Charlotte Squire
Sometimes before I go to sleep at night I like to ponder the things I’m grateful for in my life, because then I will have started my dream time off with nourishing thoughts. …

#LiveForTomorrow photo challenge on

September 2, 2015 – 10:03 am |

  Man, I have come a long way. A very long time ago when I was at university I felt scarily lost and alone and I couldn’t seem to find a way forward. I experienced depression …

Cultivate positive expectations for your week Kiwis!

August 31, 2015 – 4:00 am |

What sort of week would you like to have? Remember: attitude is one thing you can control, so focus on what you want rather than that stuff that ain’t going so well, give thanks for …

Inspiring people invited to apply for funds to do their thing

July 31, 2015 – 4:00 am |

New Zealanders are well known for their Kiwi can-do approach to life and even with a population of just 4.4 million people, the likes of Lorde, Lydia Ko and Peter Jackson go to show what amazing accomplishments …

Creative peeps invited to design teeshirt for Koru Enterprises and Happiness Experiment

July 27, 2015 – 8:21 pm |

The Happiness Experiment is teaming up with Louise from Koru Enterprises and we are looking for creative peeps to design a fresh and funky tee-shirt!#designTHEtshirt It can be any colour or style, as long as THE …

Ten questions with Happiness Experiment founder and Kiwi: Tamara Waugh

July 27, 2015 – 11:10 am |

What is The Happiness Experiment?
The Happiness Experiment is all about empowering people into extraordinary action. We promote positive change challenges for our audience to engage in, the power of gratitude through the practice of #3goodthings, inform with news …

A rave to start your day?

June 5, 2014 – 11:04 am |

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Some mornings it’s hard to get out of bed even with a 2 year old jumping up and down on my head. As the sun lights the …

Free hugs one man’s mission in life

April 13, 2014 – 9:16 pm |

Sometimes, a hug is all that we need. Free Hugs is the real life controversial story of Juan Mann, a man whose sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger, and put a smile on …

Happiness is accepting that we’re not always happy

January 3, 2014 – 12:12 pm | One Comment

The self love series
I’m Charlotte and I run this Kiwi good news website Happyzine and I would just like to officially announce, boys and girls, I am no way happy all the time.  Due to …

Ten simple stress relieving tips for the festive season

December 16, 2013 – 6:35 pm |

From the team at the Herb Farm, Palmerston North.
They are New Zealand’s first family of herbal healing and live in an environment of green acres, birdsong and the sound of the wind in the trees.   Their …

Nature Space clocks 200 restoration groups

December 13, 2013 – 6:45 pm |

Press Release: Department of Conservation
The number of community restoration groups registered with the Nature Space website has doubled in the last year. The site allows individuals and groups undertaking ecological restoration to promote projects, record …

Almighty Optimism : Findings from the Nun Study

June 18, 2013 – 8:16 am | 3 Comments

By Jill Hayhurst
Happiness is a tricky thing. It’s hard to define, yet people generally want it, and work really hard to get it. Research suggests that people are also notoriously terrible at predicting what will actually make …

Catching Rainbows

May 31, 2013 – 10:39 am |

Mike and Claire from Blockhouse Bay took this photo on Whatipu Beach, Auckland after a storm this week:
“This rainbow was such a blessing. We had no idea how long the rainstorm we were caught in …

Turning dreams into reality – Part 2 – How a clear, detailed vision will help you get there, by Simon Jones

May 27, 2012 – 7:39 pm |

Kia Ora!   Last time I talked about how all that we experienced as young ‘uns still has a strong unconscious influence on our lives in the present. In order to turn one’s dream into a …

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