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What I Talk About When I Talk About Happiness

Since I started out on an exploration of what really adds up to happiness, one thing has come up repeatedly in my mind: what is happiness? What is happiness, exactly? How do I define it? How can I experience it? How can I help others do the…

What the hell is happiness, anyway?

Happiness is seven billion endless lists of things for seven billion unique people on the planet. What's on your list? How do you view happiness? What is important? Take this 30-second survey and I'll post the results every now and then.…
Mental Health and the Complexity of Living

Happiness Hack #5: What if we could only subtract to be happy?

Jordan Peterson, the Canadian psychology professor, speaks persuasively about mental health and the complexity of our lives. Most cases of mental illness, says Peterson, are not actually mental illness at all. They are instead a result of…

Happiness Hack #4: Defining, Interrogating and Overcoming Fear

This blog post is all about overcoming fear (with a personal example from the lowest point of my life in 2016, and a journal exercise that changed the life of bestselling author, speaker, investor and podcaster Tim Ferriss) Fear can be healthy.…
Tom Brady Tom vs Time Motivational Quotes

Tom Brady's Motivation: 17 Inspiring Quotes, Thoughts and Musings from the Tom vs Time Facebook documentary

Tom Brady is widely regard as the GOAT of American football, the greatest player in the history of the game. He offers a unique brand of motivation. Here's a list of 17 of my favourite motivational quotes, musings, segments and thoughts from…
The Dalai Lama and Gary Vaynerchuk might have more in common than you think.
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What the Dalai Lama and Gary Vaynerchuk say about patience

By Shane Breslin “He that can have patience can have what he will.” ― Benjamin Franklin Here are two things that I do every day. I make my bed I brush my teeth Here are two other things that I also do every day. …

Seven Quick Thoughts on What the Facebook News Feed "Major Change" Means for Brands, Publishers and Public Figures

A few quick thoughts, from a digital marketing perspective, on Facebook's big news this week, which promises to have far-reaching effects on Facebook News Feed and have adverse effects on brands (link to Zuck post below). 1. User Behaviour I've…
Goal Setting: Six Key Steps to Setting and Achieving Any Goal (Pic credit: Joshua Earle / Unsplash)

Happiness Hack, #3: Goal Setting That Works: Six Key Steps to Setting and Achieving Any Goal in 2018

Goal setting is not something I’ve done enough of in the past. Or to put it more accurately, goal setting properly is not something I’ve done enough of. I’ve definitely made the double mistake of (a) setting goals only about things…
Author, podcaster and motivational speaker Hal Elrod and three-time Golf Major champion Padraig Harrington

The Outcome vs The Process: Hal Elrod and Padraig Harrington Have Something in Common

I have to confess - I’m a podcast addict. I listen to perhaps 15-20 podcasts a week. When I’m walking the dog, driving the car, sitting on a bus or a plane - chances are, I’ll be listening to a podcast. I have my podcast app filled…
Tim Urban of Wait But Why on Happiness

How to be Happy, #1: Tim Urban of Wait But Why

"How to be Happy" is a new series as part of my wider happiness project, collecting theories on happiness whenever I see or hear them from clever people around the world. Tim Urban is the man behind Wait But Why, a phenomenally success website…

Food as medicine, and the Rich Roll podcast in Ireland

During my journey of positive life choices, food and nutrition - the idea of food as medicine -  just keeps coming up. There are very many advocates worth keeping an eye on, and one of the best is Rich Roll. If you’re not familiar with…
Toni McDermott People of the Wild Atlantic Way

This "People of the Wild Atlantic Way" photo stopped me in my tracks

I've discovered, somewhat by accident, that I love walking in a wide loop, without a destination in mind. On one long ramble in July 2017 I passed through the small village of Leap (pronounced Lep) in west Cork, and stopped to view the portraits…

Happiness Hack #1: Tackling Overwhelm with the Open Loops List

I've found that one of the biggest factors that adversely affect my peace of mind are "open loops". Unfinished business. Stuff piling up in email inboxes, to-do lists, in-trays, online productivity tools or just in your head. Stuff…

30 on 30: I Decided to Give Myself a Six-Month Review (In Public)

  So, we’re halfway through 2017. Generally, in the past, I was always preoccupied with the next destination, and not taken enough time to enjoy the journey. So I’m trying to change that. Today, on June 30th, I decided to…

Me, D, McG and Gary Vee

This blog first appeared on Medium.com This is a story about a life and a career. My life, my career. Hi, I’m Shane, and this is my first personal post on Medium. I remember, 10 or 12 years ago, talking with a friend about our individual…