Happy International Happiness Day 😃!
* Today we celebrate the sixth annual International Day of Happiness. This event grew out of a United Nations resolution - affirming happiness as a fundamental human goal - and suggesting that we should approach economic growth in a way that promotes well-being for everyone.
Researchers ranked countries by their average happiness levels and found, for example, that GDP, life expectancy, freedom, and corruption make a difference. In the ranking, Finland, Norway, and Denmark came out on top. The United States dropped four spots to number 18.
That’s the big picture. But happiness is also a very individual pursuit—and there are attitudes and habits we can cultivate in daily life that will enhance our personal well-being.
It’s difficult for me to mention just one practice that I do that makes me happy (aside from the obvious...spending time with my baby girl, my husband, and my dog). But there are two practices that really impact my level of happiness on a daily basis.
1. Gratitude, I practice this every single day verbally and in writing. Focusing on all life’s blessings and less on the negatives.
2. Volunteering my time and/or just helping others (contributing to the greater good of my community and the world). We love what Tim Kasser, professor of psychology at Knox College shares about happiness:
Research shows that people who pursue intrinsic goals for personal growth, affiliation, and community feeling report higher well-being than those focused on extrinsic goals for money, image, and status. This is why I spend a lot of my time playing the piano and working in the garden, chatting with my wife and kids, and volunteering, and why I spend as little time as possible shopping or worrying about what other people think about my appearance or status.
This sounds very #positivediscipline to me 😁
What are your favorite happiness practices? Please share below... #internationalhappinessday #happiness #gratitude #helpingothers #increaseyourhappiness #positivity *This information comes from the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC).