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The value of happiness in every day life

It is the International Day of Happiness on March 20, 2018. The UN is prioritising the idea that governments and people alike recognise that progress is "about increasing human happiness and wellbeing" and "not just growing the economy".  All 193 United Nations member states have since adopted a resolution in order to make the happiness of their citizens a greater priority.

The UAE's even has a Minister of Happiness: Ohood Al Roumi. Al Roumi's role is to drive government policy to create social good and satisfaction by understanding what makes citizens happy and making changes at a government level to increase their nation's happiness.

This is a fantastic initiative on a global scale. But what about in everyday life? Do you know what makes you happy? What do you think brings genuine happiness to most people? Are we uniquely different in this regard or pretty much the same the world over?

There is a lot more scientific knowledge about happiness then you might suspect and more than has ever existed before. Ancient Greek philosophers, virtually every major thinker from Aristotle and Socrates to Plato and Sophocles weighed in on the subject too. Anyone who tells you that the desire to be happy has mainly been a 21st century concern is badly mistaken.

On average, we spend 90,000 hours at work during our lifetime. So we should be proactive in making our happiness there a priority. Studies show that happy people are less stressed, more creative, more productive and healthy, just to name a few benefits.

Here are some ways to find happiness in your everyday working life:

  • Find reasons to be thankful. Reflect at the end of the day and write down three things that went well and why they went well. Write a letter of gratitude to someone you have not previously thanked. If appropriate, meet the person and read the letter.
  • Find ways to help others and pay kindness forward. Take notice when someone does something deliberately kind for you; pay the kindness forward by being kind to three people that day.

 

  • Volunteer. According to Happify, 94% of people who volunteer selflessly say it improves their mood. When we feel like we are part of the greater good, we start to feel more valued, which in turn can create that sense of purpose and feeling of happiness.
  • Practice self-care. To feel valued, we need to start by valuing, respecting and taking care of ourselves. Taking time to do things that make you happy and help you recharge and feel re-energised is a big part of this.
  • Surround yourself with what makes you happy and this includes happy people. As the saying goes: You are the average of the five people you spend the most amount of time with.
  • Practice mindfulness. Take a few minutes each day to bring your full and complete attention to something you are doing: for example, walking, eating, listening, breathing.
  • Set goals. Write down a goal you want to reach that is consistent with your life values. Write down your plan of action for reaching that goal: What are 2 specific steps you can do this week to make progress on your goal?

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Referenced from:

The Pursuit of Happiness in the Workplace, Sharissa Sebastian - https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/05/08/the-pursuit-of-happiness-in-the-workplace/#692c4dc97e39

Paths to Happiness - 50 Ways to add joy to your life every day. - Edward Hoffman, PhD. Cronicle Books 2016

Top 10 Highly Popular Strategies for Boosting Happiness, Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. - https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-matters-most/201511/top-10-highly-popular-strategies-boosting-happiness

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