Discover a happier you without the trappings
SPRING has graced us, and with it comes longer days, pretty blooms, wafts of freshly mowed cut grass, footy finals, polar sock tans, kensington prides and, now, a fresh, uplifting read in your hands each Saturday.
It's with overwhelming excitement we present to you the first edition of the new-look Weekend. It is only fitting to devote an entire issue to happiness.
It's not a term that is easily defined but a state of mind we pursue so doggedly.
Happiness is not packaged or found on a coat hanger, in self-help books, gluttonous splurges or a new sofa that society has manifested.
It may be the emotional Holy Grail we all seek, but for as long as we chase that happy fix we may never find it.
Society has programmed us to believe that happiness is ego-validation; that once we find love, own the home with the white picket fence, have an 'attractive' figure, social status and a career that brings wealth and satisfaction and tick off this 'checklist', we will attain everlasting happiness.
There's no one-size-fits-all solution, nor a magic equation. As elusive as the concept is, there may not be an answer to the humankind conundrum.
Rather, our happiness is less dependent on outside circumstances, as Tracey Hordern examines, and is instead a by-product of a life well-lived.
One woman who has built a prosperous career on happiness and is inspiring others to do the same is fitness fashion icon Lorna Jane Clarkson. When I asked Lorna how she defined happiness, her answer rang true to me. Her answer was simply: doing what you love every single day.
So perhaps, it is only when you know who you are and what you are (and stop looking), that you will stumble upon raw happiness - the ever-enduring kind - when you least expect it.
Enjoy your weekend.
Be sure to check out the new Weekend magazine in your local daily newspaper.