International Day of Happiness

On the 20 March, we have a whole day dedicated to happiness! And why shouldn’t we? It’s so important that we encourage and celebrate happiness, especially with all the doom and gloom around us at times.

So, why do we celebrate this internationally? We celebrate this as a reminder of the significance of happiness in our lives and since 2012 the United Nations has recognised the importance of happiness and well-being.

Happiness should be recognised as a fundamental human right and everyone can make a conscious effort to increase positivity in our lives through various activities. This can lead to a better quality of life!

Positive psychology

Having a brighter outlook on life can be achieved by changing your mindset, making better life choices, and having personal goals. Understanding yourself can help with controlling emotions and preventing us from going on a downward spiral the minute something goes wrong in our lives.

Having resilience can get us through hard times and small inconveniences as well as huge negative life events.

Mindfulness and meditation

To be mindful is to be present and aware of what is happening around us. You can practice mindfulness which helps us to connect with the present, more easily and we can do this with various things.

One of my favourite ways to practice mindfulness is by participating in some yoga. I do this at home, on my own, in complete silence. This allows me to connect with my body and my breathing while getting my blood to flow around my whole body.

Meditation is a practice that helps us focus and clear our minds of all our racing thoughts and endless worries, this has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress by relaxing us. Use calming ‘meditation music’ or free apps such as ‘headspace’ or ‘let’s meditate’

Gratitude journals

Journaling a great way to get your feelings out instead of bottling them up, it’s a way you can keep track of daily challenges and even positive events to be grateful for.

Counting your blessings each morning by writing in a gratitude journal will give you a more positive start to the day. Set a time each day, even twice per day if you like.

You can take ten minutes out of your day just to create small goals or reflect on what has happened throughout your day.

Selfcare

Looking after yourself is an important part of your daily routine, sometimes general tasks such as getting out of bed and having a shower can feel like massive, strenuous tasks especially when we aren’t feeling good.

It’s good to stick to a consistent routine of getting up, having a drink or breakfast, and having a wash. Extra self-care could include taking yourself on a shopping trip, having a pamper night, or watching your favourite series, one episode after another without beating yourself up about it.

Take care of yourself just as you would take care of someone else.

Relationships and connection

The types of connections and partnerships we have really impact our happiness. If you are in a toxic friendship, consider spending less time with this person or cutting contact completely, your mental health should not suffer as an impact of someone else being in your life. Your environment and surroundings are vital for your happiness, if you’re surrounded by creativity, laughter, positivity, and lightheartedness, you have a much better chance of feeling like this yourself.

OUR HAPPY HUB!

Here at the Careers Hub, we have a skilled well-being coach named Rhys who can offer six 1:1 appointments as well as unlimited group sessions for health and well-being. Some of these are round-the-table presentations where he covers subjects such as sleep, and confidence plus other sessions can be more interactive such as group walks, mindful meditation, and colouring sessions which are really popular!

The theme this season is ‘Planting Seeds of Well-being’ and this workshop is bookable via our Careers Worcestershire website and is taking place at 2pm on 22nd March.

BOOK HERE: Book Your Class with Careers Worcestershire – Worcester – worcestershire (setmore.com)