Love is the real glue that holds this world together. 

One of the reasons I love living in New Zealand’s lightly populated Far North is because I can pass a stranger on the beach or in the street and exchange a few pleasant words with them. We don’t distrust each other. I believe this attitude of trust is closer to the way things are in the spirit world from whence we come where all beings are greeted with acceptance and openness without suspicion. Where the old adage holds, ‘Strangers are friends I haven’t yet met.’

I suggest we turn our attention away from the negative messages of the media and reflect meditatively on the reality that exists behind this illusory world.

Face it. The fears and the distrust of this world are our creation. Love is the real glue that holds this world together. Perhaps its greatest expression is kindness to a stranger and its simplest expression is a smile. Smile at the next stranger you meet.


I Am happy and I extend that happiness to everyone I meet.



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Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.

In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit:

In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews



I’m excited to announce that I’ve found a way to upload some of my radio programs to the net so that they are now available to everyone, as opposed to my usual geographically limited audience in New Zealand’s Far North.

They’re on and for a complete listing of all my uploaded shows and associated blogs visit here.

Click on the link below for an interview with a fellow Gaia member, Elan Sun Star.


This interview with Elan Sun Star is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. In addition to dialogue packed with anecdotes and scientific evidence supporting the value of smiling, the hour is sprinkled with smiley songs from the likes of Tony Bennett and Red Grammar. Hear about:

  • How smiling assists brain development in children
  • The Duchenne Smile
  • The value of smiling to astronauts and peace negotiators
  • How Norman Cousins cured himself of an incurable disease
  • Laughing clubs spring up in India and elsewhere
  • The Inner Smile


The smile is quite simply the easiest, cheapest and perhaps most important and available means of attaining radiant health and finding peace in any situation. This is one of my favourite interviews.