Attend our new 1-day HAPPINESS workshop with Mark Sham!


For most of 2020, we have been hosting HAPPINESS webinars with an overwhelmingly positive response. Now we believe it’s time to take things to another level.

But before we do, let’s go back a step.

In December 2019, Mark Sham felt a strong conviction to create a talk about HAPPINESS and make that his theme for 2020. More than anything, he just wanted to share all the lessons he had gained from studying HAPPINESS for the last few years!

On 23 January 2020, he presented his HAPPINESS talk for the first time to a LIVE audience and instantly, he knew he had made the right decision. With an overwhelmingly positive response from the audience, Mark knew the HAPPINESS talk was here to stay.

Mark presenting his HAPPINESS talk for the first time to a live audience of 300 people at WeWork in Rosebank, South Africa!

Over the next six weeks, Mark presented his HAPPINESS talk on ten different occasions before COVID brought a halt to any in-person events. But after taking a short break while in lockdown, Mark decided to turn the HAPPINESS talk into a webinar.

At first, he felt the production quality of the webinar was awful, which is ultimately what led to Mark and Nico Steyn setting up a professional webinar studio inside of WeWork Sandont so that they could improve every aspect of concept.

It’s been five months since the Suits & Sneakers video/podcast studio first opened its doors, and ever since then, Mark has presented his HAPPINESS webinar more than 30 times to over 5000 attendees. As you would expect, the content has evolved based on practice and feedback, and now he believes the time has come to offer a newer, better version of the HAPPINESS experience.


We are so excited to announce to the world that we will be hosting our next 1-day HAPPINESS workshops on Saturday, 14 November at Red & Yellow School in Cape Town, and on Saturday, 21 November at Jackson’s Real Food Market value & Eatery in Johannesburg.

Our goal is to move away from just speaking about the science of HAPPINESS, and move toward the practice of HAPPINESS. By hosting this session over a full day, we can really dive into the details of HAPPINESS, and we can actually focus on offering everyone in attendance a full-sensory HAPPINESS experience.

We are so excited to be partnering with these two incredible venues, because the scene and setting of this workshop makes all the difference. Here are all the details:

  • WHEN: Saturday, 14 November 2020
  • WHERE: Red & Yellow School (Cape Town)
  • TIME: 09h00 – 14h00
  • COST: R500 – R2000 per person (includes snacks and lunch)
  • WHEN: Saturday, 21 November 2020
  • WHERE: Jackson’s Real Food Market & Eatery (Johannesburg)
  • TIME: 09h00 – 14h00
  • COST: R500 – R2000 per person (includes snacks and lunch)

One last important point to note: If you desperately want to attend this workshop, but COVID has absolutely destroyed your finances, then we will help you out. We believe in HUMANITY first!


Well, let’s flip that question on its head. For the longest time, we’ve been wondering why more people don’t study HAPPINESS? Most adults will attend various forms of training for almost every aspect of life but HAPPINESS. So we think there are many reasons why it makes sense to attend a full day event where the sole focus is to work out how to become a happier version of yourself.

On one end, the data and research says that people are becoming less happy as time goes on. Our belief is that this is happening because people haven’t been taught to deal with the rich complexity of the world that we currently live in.

Thanks to technology, the world has more abundance than ever before, and thanks to medical science, people can live longer than ever. Yet more people die from drug and opioid abuse than ever before, and even worse, more people are committing suicide than at any other time in recorded history!

This begs the following questions:

Why isn’t happiness a compulsory subject from 1st grade all the way through to graduation? Isn’t happiness something that almost every human being strives toward throughout their life?

Why isn’t “relationships with others” a compulsory subject throughout the schooling years? Don’t we all have to co-exist and live with others in every facet of our lives? Why don’t we learn how human beings are different from each other from a mental, emotional, and cultural point of view?

Why isn’t “psychology of self” a compulsory subject? We spend our entire lives having a conversation with that little voice inside our heads. Maybe it’s time we taught young people how to tame the monkey mind from a young age.

Here is the agenda for the day:

  • Why talk about HAPPINESS?
  • The issue the world is facing with opioid abuse and suicide.
  • How the world has become more complex than ever.
  • Decoding the schooling system, and the things we didn’t learn but needed so badly.
  • The art of studying HAPPINESS informally
  • There is no silver bullet to HAPPINESS
  • HAPPINESS is often a practical journey
  • Better habits lead to a better life
  • Impact of sleep on HAPPINESS
  • Impact of exercise on HAPPINESS
  • Our relationship with FOOD
  • Why meditation makes you a HAPPIER person
  • Impact of learning on HAPPINESS
  • How to use informal learning to hack the system of value creation (which leads to HAPPINESS)
  • The link between money and HAPPINESS
  • How to find your IKIGAI
  • Why HAPPINESS can only be achieved when you’re clear about what you want
  • How the stories we tell ourselves in our head leads to HAPPINESS or unhappiness
  • Spoiler alert: HAPPINESS is a choice
  • Where you place your attention is where your energy will go
  • Why affirmations work from a scientific perspective
  • How we weren’t taught to have a relationship with pain (and how we avoid pain, or numb pain)
  • The difference between being positive and being optimistic
  • How cognitive dissonance will free you to live a happier life
  • Life is subjective, and if you can’t learn to let other people see things differently, you will never be happy
  • Your expectations are hurting you
  • Comparison is the thief of all joy
  • Learn to not care what others think
  • Empathy is a super power
  • The difference between love and attachment and its impact on HAPPINESS
  • Why gratitude ultimately leads to happiness
  • How giving is a form of gratitude
  • Why expressing gratitude matters most


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