This week we will be celebrating International Day of Happiness. This morning I was having a conversation with a dear friend whose birthday is today (Happy birthday Freda). We were talking about the research that is coming out in relation to our brains and happiness. We now know that when we are happy, our brain has access to greater parts of itself – and can find more solutions to problems – than when we are unhappy.
The other wonderful thing about happiness is that, while society used to tell us we would be happy when we were ‘successful’, research is now showing that success comes from being happy. If you do what you enjoy, you are more likely to stick with it and become successful.
So, some things that you can do to help you be happy include:
- Exercise – not only does your brain grow when we sweat but it also releases wonderful chemicals that make you feel good
- Get out into nature
- Hug someone for 7 or more seconds
- Hang out with happy people
- Watch or listen to something that makes you feel good
- Help others
- Keep a gratitude journal
- Tell someone who has had a positive impact on your life how grateful you are.
As you know, I want everyone to have the best life they can – so I love happiness and have experienced firsthand how much of a difference it can make in peoples’ lives.
So take some time today to watch this video about happiness by Soul Pancake – The Science of Happiness – An Experiment in Happiness. You will probably get teary, but it is worth it.
Then I encourage you to do what they did in the experiment.
By the way, the photo above is my mum who, with my dad, have a huge positive impact on my life and I am so grateful they are my parents. I love you mum and dad, thank you for supporting me and my dreams.
Also if you like music, then check out Pharrell Williams’ song Happy.
Finally, if you have time before Thursday and can make a short video, check out 24hoursofhappiness.com.
While Thursday is the official International Happiness Day, I encourage each of you to make this whole week about happiness: you deserve it.
Until next week, make happiness part of your day – every single day.
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.