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Meet the Real Happiness community

If you're after some inspiration to find Real Happiness in nature look no further than these six creators.

Jonas Piontek

After his home was partially destroyed by a storm in 2010, rather than developing a storm-phobia, Jonas Piontek took up chasing them.

Now a renowned weather photographer, Jonas has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He believes nothing is more impressive than a storm and feels compelled to share the beauty he finds amidst the destruction. Jonas has grown a global following by sharing his breathtaking images on Instagram.

Website: gewitterjagd.de

Cameron Bloom

Meet Penguin: the friendly magpie who made herself at home with a family in New South Wales, Australia after being injured following a fall.

Photographer and father, Cameron Bloom shares the inspiring story how Penguin has redefined what family means for the Blooms, praising her for bringing their family closer together during a remarkably difficult time. In a way, he says, it was she who rescued them.

Website: penguinthemagpie.com

Hazel Findlay

Hazel Findlay began scouring the limestone sea cliffs of Pembrokeshire with her father as a small child and hasn’t stopped. Now a fulltime climber, Hazel has been climbing for 20 of her 27 years.

Hazel has set many first female records; she was the first British female to climb a route graded E9 and to free climb El Cap in Yosemite, which she has now done three times.

Hazel loves the mental challenge that comes from climbing and loves to explore this aspect of the adventure, regularly discussing the topic on her blog and when giving motivational talks.

Website: hazelfindlayclimbing.com

Benedict Wheeler

For self-professed “cyclotourist” Benedict Wheeler, home is wherever his bike is.

Benedict spends his days exploring valleys and mountaintops and his nights beneath the stars. He says he is his happiest when there is no particular destination or concept of time, allowing him to take in the landscape and listen to the sounds that nature has to offer.

Benedict’s Instagram stories of the wind in his face and the dirt beneath his wheels have inspired people across the globe to step out into the wild, or at the very least to dream of doing so.

This, Benedict says, is really living.

Kyle Maynard

Kyle Maynard is an entrepreneur, speaker, best-selling author, award-winning extreme athlete. Born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation, that left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees, Kyle learned early on to live life independently and without prosthetics.

Kyle thrives on physical challenges and is a champion wrestler, CrossFit Certified Instructor and gym owner, competitive Mixed Martial Arts fighter, world record-setting weightlifter, and skilled mountaineer.

Kyle wants to make the world a better place and to inspire others to do the same by sharing his story and living by example. He travels across continents to share his "No Excuses" philosophy.

Website: kyle-maynard.com

Berenike Steiger

Berenike "Nike" Steiger has spent the last three years sailing the globe in her little boat called Karl. She documents their adventures on her YouTube channel, where audiences are captivated by their adventures.

When Nike first untied the lines she had little knowledge of sailing or boat maintenance, but didn’t allow these factors to get in the way of her sailing dream..

Nike says that spending so much time alone in nature has enabled her to embrace the world around her and she now finds great joy in the simple beauty of the stars, the untouched rainforest and the world beneath the sea.

In Nike’s native Germany they use the word “Fernweh” describing the longing to travel, something that Nike says she experiences through her love of the sea.

Website: youtube.com/WhiteSpotPirates

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