Happiness Is

… a Cape Town based enterprise founded on the universal principle of happiness. We research and develop wellbeing products and services that are good, green & beautiful.
… for happy animals and a happy planet too.


Good, Green, Beautiful

Happiness Is … Good, Green, Beautiful

Nature is always ethical, sustainable and abundant in her creative work. By aligning with Nature’s principles we allow for the wellbeing of all.

Lemon Tree

Legend tells the story of a tree that stands at the foundation of the world. Some call this tree ‘The Tree of Life’ and it is variously described as a Fir, Cedar, Ash or Apple. Our Tree of Life is a Lemon Tree.

After days of searching and pages of words, time-out beneath a Lemon Tree revealed the words and knowing that Happiness Is. From that moment the search was over. Happiness Is came to life.

Did you know that the word for ‘happiness’ in ancient Greek is eudaimonia? Neither did we. But what a happy discovery because eudaimonia also means ‘a spirit of wellbeing’. It confirmed that our name is just perfect for what we are all about.


Cara Harris


Cara graduated with an MA in Psychology, specializing in Neuropsychology, from the University of Cape Town – where she lectured and tutored Health Psychology. In 2006 she moved to the UK to work and study at the Natural Animal Centre, a specialist animal education centre which combined her interest in Psychology with her passion for animals. Cara undertook training as an animal behavioural scientist, lectured the equine and canine behaviour qualifications and was involved in running the business as Deputy Manager of the centre. At the end of 2008 she returned to South Africa with a dream of making the science of animal behaviour and welfare accessible to all. Cara’s approach is to empower animal owners by explaining the science of animal behaviour and offering practical solutions to positively influence the lives of animal and owner. Her compassionate, holistic and scientific approach to solving behavioural problems helps ensure the physical and emotional wellbeing of companion animals.
Founder, Owner
Psychology & Behaviour Enquiries
+27 (0)73 747 1119
[email protected]

Jimmy Symmonds


Jimmy graduated with a BSc in Zoology from the University of Cape Town, and then qualified in Veterinary Medicine at Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria. In 1997 he moved to the UK where he undertook further training in Veterinary Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. After an initial period in conventional veterinary practice, Jimmy established a referral veterinary practice in Oxford, UK, offering herbal medicine and acupuncture to cats and dogs. In 2005 Jimmy founded Integrate CPD – a company providing training for vets in Herbal Medicine, and in 2007 co-founded the British Association of Veterinary Herbalists (BAVH) – representing vets in the UK trained in the use of herbal medicines. In 2008, Jimmy returned to Cape Town where he was born. In 2009 he co-founded Holisticvet in Cape Town where he met Cara and together they established Happiness Is in 2010. Jimmy encourages a natural, common-sense approach to health and wellbeing – a synthesis of modern science and ancient wisdom, grounded in an awareness of our true nature.
Founder, Owner
Veterinary & Herbal Enquiries
+27 (0)79 389 9958
[email protected]


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