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:
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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