BBC Earth and the Real Happiness Project

 

We all know in our hearts that animals and nature make us genuinely happy, so BBC Earth is running the Real Happiness Project where their mission is to bring real happiness to people everywhere to improve their connection with the natural world.

Simply search for bbcearth on Facebook Messenger and interact with the Happybot to create your very own personalised Real Happiness Moment.

The Happybot will ask you a few simple questions with multiple choice answers which differ each time. You could be asked what mood you’re in, do you like feathers or fur, two legs or four legs, do you prefer cute or strange, etc. Once you’ve done that, the Happybot will only take mere moments to build your very own special Real Happiness Moment video that you can watch, save and share. The Real Happiness Moment created for you is a compilation of animal and nature scenes from the BBC accompanied to music, and clips seem to range between 10 and 60 seconds, I guess it depends on your answers to the questions.

It’s fast and easy to do and you can opt in for regular check ins and do multiple ones on the same day. It’s all up to you. And because you’re dealing with BBC Earth, you know it’s good quality that you’re getting, and they don’t spam you or contact you other than for your scheduled check in if you’ve requested it.

I’ve chosen to do a weekly check in, and each time, my mood and thoughts have been different, so each Real Happiness Moment created for me is completely unique. I have enjoyed every Real Happiness Moment I’ve received so far. The beautiful scenes of wildlife and nature really do lift your spirits, especially if you’re having a bad day. It’s like having your own custom made micro documentary delivered to you.

Here are a few of my Real Happiness Moments I’d like to share with you.

Check out the bird with the red berries in this one –

Nice images in this one and a tiny surprise near the end –

Life underwater –

Little things in this one –

Birds in slow motion –

And just because it’s cute –

Watch the official BBC trailer for the project below.

I know you’re smiling now and feeling all warm and good inside after watching the above trailer, so why not give the Real Happiness Project a try? 🙂

Happiness through Nature, what could be better than that!

What Birds Teach Us by WA Hewson – Book Review

What Birds Teach Us by WA Hewson is a very unique book with the clever idea of highlighting particular traits of birds and finding parallels in our own lives. Each Australian bird species featured in the book has some interesting information about their behaviour with a few words on what we can learn from these birds and how to incorporate that into our own lives and also why it is important for us that we should do so.

For instance, we can learn trust by watching our parents love, care and nurture us, just like the sea eagle chicks who trust their parents when they are pushed out of the nest to fly for the first time, trusting their parent will catch them in time should they not be able to fly.

Another example is that we can strive to remain happy even when things aren’t going our way and be grateful for what we do have, just like the golden whistler who continues singing beautiful melodies even when food may be scarce and they are undergoing hard times.

We can also learn patience by observing the white-faced heron, who is often spotted standing in shallow water, watching and waiting ever so patiently for the right time to act on its next meal as it swims by. In today’s stressful times, it can be very beneficial for people to slow down and use some self-control, and simply wait until the time is right to have what you want instead of pushing the limits to get what you want right now and put yourself in a worse situation.

These are the things that birds teach us and they are thought provoking indeed.

It is obvious from reading the book that the author, Mr Hewson,  has a passion for Australia’s diverse birdlife as this clearly comes across in the knowledgeable information he imparts about each species of bird. Hewson’s knowledge in family counselling also shows in the insightful comments he makes about each bird’s behaviour and how we can be like them. The book is also stunningly illustrated with big, beautiful photographs of Australia’s native birds taken by the author himself.

This is definitely a book to treasure and share with your children and grandchildren and is money well worth spent. I have had this book for about a year now, and I still like to get it out on occasion and flip through the pages and pictures.

Visit the author’s website for more information about this book and to purchase it, and also check out the author’s birding blog.

Please note that I purchased a copy of What Birds Teach Us of my own volition and the views expressed in this review are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Blessed

It’s amazing how often a person’s spirits can be lifted when in the company of an animal, whether it be your beloved dog or cat, or another furry or feathered (or perhaps scaly?) friend. I am blessed to live in an area where we have many wildlife visiting or travelling through, and a day never passes when I am not lifted by these encounters. Just seeing a beautiful colourful parrot sitting in a gum tree, hearing a melodious birdsong, watching a water dragon sunning itself on a rock, or even seeing the most adorable possum joey riding on their mother’s back, taking in their new world with wide eyes, never ceases to make me feel good about being alive and appreciating the wonders of this world.

Please enjoy this slideshow of a small selection of some of my favourite willdife photos I’ve taken during 2016 as a celebration of my second year of  this blog. I hope they make you smile and warm your heart.

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