HAPPINESS 101

EASY WAYS TO INJECT A LITTLE MORE HAPPINESS INTO YOUR DAY

We think much loved US comedian and film star Groucho Marx had it right when he said: “Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet; I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

It’s the little things

In recent years, many people have come to believe that happiness is achieved solely through the marking of monumental events and the attainment of life goals. And, yes, these are definitely worthy of celebrating – but happiness is much more than that. It’s about the small everyday moments that make you smile and feel good. Those special gestures, words or actions that can sometimes be lost in the busyness of everyday life are what truly can contribute to happiness.

Come on get happy!

It’s an idea that shaped a feel-good social media movement called 100 Happy Days. (You may have noticed the #100HappyDays hashtag appearing in your social media feeds). It’s a simple premise that challenges people to make time in their day to stop, appreciate and share a happy moment, for the duration of 100 days. So why not get involved? Even if you don’t share your moment, taking part for yourself is a great reminder of why the best things in life are free.

Stop and smell the roses

Not sure where to start? Slow down, breathe, stop playing with your phone, take out your headphones, smile and engage in the world around you. You’re more likely to appreciate all those subtle, sweet moments as they happen – a pretty sunset, a thank you note, a kiss from your child, flowers in bloom, cake in the office or a catch up with dear friends.

And don’t forget the power of giving. Whether you top up a stranger’s expired parking meter, shout a round of drinks or give someone a much-needed hug, there’s much merit in the saying, ‘happiness breeds happiness’.