The International Day of Happiness is celebrated throughout the world on the 20th of March. The first day took place in 2013, after being established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. It's easy to start to feel a little blue at this time of year, whilst Spring is on its way it has been a long and wet winter, so the 20th March is the time to look at the key elements to happier living.
A UK organisation, Action for Happiness has compiled a list of elements which can contribute to happier living. These elements are based on scientific studies of a group of people, studying what makes people feel the most content and satisfied with their life. Unsurprisingly a lot of the tips focus on relationships and the quality of relationships.
Highlighted within the tips, is the necessity to be part of the community by connecting with people.
Whether this is family or friends, connecting with people enables us to feel more connected to the society and is proven to increase our sense of well being. It's highlighted that you should also do things for others. Whether this is making a cup of tea or getting shopping for an elderly person, these little factors all help.
Taking care of your body is also important. Exercise not only helps you to tone up, but it also releases feel-good endorphins which help to boost your mood and concentration. It's believed that taking your workouts outside will also help as it can double your happiness. Taking care of your body through regular exercise not only has a physical effect, but also a positive mental effect.
It's recommended that you should try learning new things. Just because you are out of school it doesn't mean you should stop learning. In fact, it's important to have goals and things to work towards. This will give you something to look forward to.
Finally, the organisation try to prepare you for any difficult times, ensuring you remain happy throughout. Finding ways to bounce back in times of difficulty is important and can have an effect on your long term health. Try taking a positive approach to everything you do, whether it be in work or personal life.
International Happiness Day is celebrated across the world, and it's important that you support your employees in times of difficulty for morale and productivity. Why not hold a 'happiness' workshop, and giveaway items to commemorate the event?