Balancing pleasure and achievement is one of the key ingredients to happiness, according to a happiness expert.
Dunedin-based clinical psychologist and author Chris Skellett was in Invercargill yesterday hosting a workshop for people who work in counselling.
The workshop was designed for nurses, counsellors, teachers and social workers and was to help them get advice on lifestyle balance.
Learning to balance pleasure and achievement was an important step to a healthy lifestyle, he said.
People needed to make sure pleasure did not turn into indulgence, while achievement could be measured by setting and reaching goals, he said.
If a person was stressed they tended to have unhealthy pleasures and look for a quick fix, compared with those who were more relaxed, Skellett said. "Healthy pleasures are being in tune with the world around you and reflecting in good times had."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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