The words tattooed on the inside of her wrist are often one of the first things people notice about Tamara Waugh. Those words have taught her to live within the goodness she deserves in order to receive what she wants out of life – a lesson that has taken her on a path of discovery, leading to gratitude, happiness and Te Kotahitanga (self-determination).

Tamara advocates positive change through tools that consciously create engagement, deep learning advancement and personal growth, a belief that launched The Happiness Experiment, a project which continues to significantly impact thousands of people for the better.

Throughout her life’s adventures, Tamara has come to recognise her gift of tapping into human potential, and her skill in enabling people to see and believe that potential in themselves. Dedicated to inspiring people into extraordinary positive action, Tamara constantly seeks to find meaningful and sustainable improvements in her own life and the lives of those around her.

“My gift is seeing the unique potential in people, my skill is enabling them to see it in themselves, so that they may achieve their dreams.”

 Through the facilitation of workshops educating schools, corporate organisations and learning institutes on emotional regulation, resilience and the power of gratitude, Tamara created the groundwork for her road in to becoming a mental health systemic change advocate, an advisor with the Health Quality and Safety Commission, and Auckland Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation board member.

In her work as a coach, she pulls from her kete extensive experience in the recovery of childhood sexual abuse, sexual violence, major mental health challenges, addictions, leading social change projects such as The Happiness Experiment, speaking at national conferences on behaviour change, being an intuitive parent, and completing a fellowship in Transformational Leadership at Yale.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony” - Mahatma Gandhi