Posted on 14 March 2017

7 Ways to Celebrate International Day of Happiness

AfterbeingfoundedinJune2012bytheUnitedNationsGeneralAssembly,theInternationalDayofHappinesswillbecelebratedforthefifthtimeonMarch20th,2017.

Thedaymarksrecognitionofwellbeingasabasichumanright-butisalsoatimelyreminderforpeopletofindhappinessintheirdayandbringhappinessintothelivesofothers.

Formanypeople,thiscanbeeasiersaidthandone–andsomeindividualsmayfinditdifficulttoimaginehowtheywouldgoaboutcreatingmorehappinessintheworld.Luckily,positivepsychologyresearchhasputforthsimpleandeffectiveevidence-basedinterventionstoincreasehappiness.
TosupportInternationalDayofHappinessin2016,anorganisationcalledProjectHappinesscreateda21-DayHappinessChallengetohelppeoplecreatepositiveandsustainablehabits.Thesehabitsareco-ordinatedwiththedaysoftheweek,andencouragedifferenttypesofpositivebehaviours.

Haveareadandconsiderhowyoucouldinjectthesehabitsintoyourdailypractice!

1.MindfulMonday:Mindfulness,theancientpracticeoffocusingnon-judgmentalawarenessonthepresentmoment,isaprovenwayto reducestress,increasefocus,enhanceemotionalintelligence,anddecreaseanxiety.Italsohelpsactivateyoursensessoyoucanfullyexperiencegreaterpositiveemotion.

2.GratiTuesday: Gratitudeisthepracticeofgivingthanksinlife.Byintentionallyfocusingonthegoodpartsofourday,weareaffirmingthatthereisgoodnessintheworld,sothefeelingofpositivitygrows.ShawnAchor,apositivepsychologyexpert,suggeststhatjust21daysofdailyrecordingofthree’gratitudes’–willbegintoproducepositiveeffectsonthebrainandbody.Andifyoupassonyourgratitudetoothers–you’llcreatearippleeffectofhappiness!

3.WellnessWednesday: Simplyput,happinessisgoodforyourhealth.Chooseaformofexercisethatyoulove-dancearoundthekitchen,findayogaclass,walkwithafriend–studiesshowthatjust15minsofexerciseadayflushesthebodywithdopamine,apositiveneurotransmitterreleasedinthebrain.Makesureyougetenoughsleep,andchoosefoodsthatenergisethebodyinsteadofdullingthemind.Simple,basicanditworks!

 

4.ThoughtfulThursday: Tofeelgood,dogood.Helpingothers,eveninverysmallways,willcontributetoyourlong-termhappiness.Givingtoothersreleasesendorphins,activatingthepartsofourbrainsthatareassociatedwithtrust,pleasure andsocialconnection.Astheresearcherswrite,“Increasesinwell-beingpromotealtruismthat,inturn,increaseswell-being.Suchacycleholdsthepromiseofcreatinga‘sustainablehappiness’withbroadbenefitsforaltruists,theirbeneficiaries,andsocietyatlarge.”Dosomethingselfless,andexperiencethepositiveimpactinyourrelationshipswithothers.

5.FridayFreedom: Beingyourauthenticselfallowsyoutolivewithgreaterfreedom.AccordingtoDr.BreneBrown,whenyouembraceanauthenticandvulnerablestanceinlife,peoplewillmeetyouthereinthatopenness,allowingyoutoexperiencetrueconnection.PartofFridayFreedomislettinggo–ofstress,anxietyandillwilltowardsothers…soifyou’reholdingagrudge,trylettingitgoandenjoythehappinessyoureceiveinreturn!

 

6.SaturdaySocial:Connectionisimportantinboostingmentalandphysicalhealthandevenincreasesimmunityandlongevity.Didyouknowthathappinessiscontagiousuptothreedegreesofseparation(forexample,tothefriendsofone’sfriends’friends).Onestudy reports:“People’shappinessdependsonthehappinessofotherswithwhomtheyareconnected.Thisprovidesfurtherjustificationforseeinghappiness,likehealth,asacollectivephenomenon.”Maketimeforfriendsandfamily-yourwellbeingdependsonit!

7.SoulfulSunday: Mostpeoplewouldagreethathavingalifeofmeaningcontributestosustainablehappiness.Therearemanywaystoexperiencemeaning,andmostofthemstartwithin.Itisinthequietmomentsthatwecanconnecttoourinnerguidance,aswellastosomethinggreater.Thesemomentscanshowupinnature,theyopenustoasenseofspirituality,orevenemergeInconversationwithatrustedfriend.Takethetimetoconnectwithyourinnermostessence;itwillguideyoutoknowthatalltheanswersresideinside.

Whetheryouadoptthefull21-DayChallenge,orjustoneofthesehappinesshabits–useInternationalDayofHappinessthisyeartobringhappinessintofocusandstartcreatingthepositivelifeyouwanttolead.

PostedbyErinStrube. 

HappinessHabitsadaptedfromProjectHappiness- https://projecthappiness.com/

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