PODCAST 35: Action for Happiness Director - Dr Mark Williamson

The Renaissance podcasts have changed in direction and flavour throughout our evolution and one of our key objectives has always been trying to understand what makes us happy.  This question has lead us to have many great conversations but has also put us in touch with a global group that is leading the way in happiness research and awareness. 

 Action for Happiness Director, Dr Mark Williamson

Action for Happiness Director, Dr Mark Williamson

If you think you have an idea of what happiness is, or are completely at a loss, then you should probably take the time to listen to this podcast and hopefully it will open your eyes to new ideas and philosophies. Although quite simple, the effects can be life changing.  Co-host Anh first introduced me to this organisation a year ago and since then have supported its events and followed them closely through their website and videos.  This is also where I was introduced to the idea of Mindfulness and it's been a blessing in my life ever since. Check out the short video below: 

Mark talks about Neil Crofts book, Authentic: how to make a living by being yourself.  3 simple questions that could help you to understand your purpose in life. 

1)What are you really talented at?

2)What are you really passionate about?

3) What makes you angry? What do you want to change in this world? 

If you can answer these questions authentically and can combine the answers, you could find your purpose in life.  Check it out and let me know if that triggers something inside you. 

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'The biggest challenge we face as humanity is our belief that our progress is tied to perpetual economic growth and consumption of stuff...It's not just killing our planet, it's killing us.' -8 mins 45

I was fortunate enough to get some time with Action For Happiness Director, Dr Mark Williamson over a beer, following a talk he gave late 2014.  Following several email exchanges we were honoured to have Mark join us on the podcast.

Mark has been Director of Action for Happiness since October 2010. Prior to this he has an amazing resume of education with an MBA from IMD business school, holds a PHD and 1st class Hons degree in Electronics and communications from Bristol uni and is a Sainsbury management fellow and chartered engineer. Mark spent nine years as a management consultant at Accenture. and before this he also worked for Hewlett Packard Labs and Orange. After more than a decade of corporate life, Mark decided to change direction and is now using his energy and leadership skills to help build a better society.

Click on the image below to find out more about the 10 keys to happier living:

-The Dalai Lama became a patron for Action for Happiness last year and even mentions this organisation in his upcoming book .  Check out 50 min30.

-Mirror Neurons : We are wired to care and have empathy for each other 23 mins33

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