One of the greatest pursuits in life, this emotion has evolved into a desired state of being with movies, policy and peoples’ entire lives being devoted to achieving it. The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network releases an annual World Happiness Report which measures the happiness of a country and its people based on income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity. Now there are even movements set up to champion the happiness of everyone here today and tomorrow. One such movement is Action for Happiness founded by Lord Richard Layard that seeks to help individuals and societies achieve happiness on a holistic level by pointing out that 50% of what makes us happy is within our control
But why is happiness so desired?
But happiness isn’t about feeling euphoric all the time – that would be unrealistic as in our daily lives, we will naturally feel frustration, pain, anger and so forth. Happy people fall sick, lose a loved one and suffer work stress alongside their less cheerful peers.
The difference is that those who are able to embrace the changes and make the best of things, are more likely to come out of a negative situation - stronger and better for it. A child that has a happy childhood is more resilient and able to bounce back from the pressures of growing up. A happy customer is more likely to continue to work with us for their shipping through thick and thin.
Happiness is the thing we want most for the people we love the most. That’s why it matters so much - Mark Williamson, Action for Happiness
Step 1: Giving
Step 2: Relating
Step 3: Exercising
Step 4: Awareness
Step 5: Trying out
Step 6: Direction
Step 7: Resilience
Step 8: Emotions
Step 9: Acceptance
Step 10: Meaning
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