Celebrate Spring and Happiness on March 20
The first day of Spring this year is also Palm Sunday and the International Day of Happiness.
The General Assembly of the United Nations commissioned a Day of Happiness, to raise awareness that happiness, human flourishing and wellbeing are fundamental. We are all invited to support everyone’s ability to achieve this through all spheres of life.
Flourishing people tend to be happier, healthier and smarter.
They are more grateful, generous, creative, productive and open minded.
They develop good character that guides great actions.
Join us in cultivating conditions to flourish as a daily priority in your life, your community.
It doesn’t take much to be a ‘joy spreader’ – to join the ‘happiness movement’.
The small and simple things can have a great impact
Smile. Laugh. Pray. Give a hug. Give from the heart. Flow forward. Listen. Be a friend. Say thank you. Share a kind word Lend a helping hand. Offer hospitality.
Your gestures of goodness, kindness and happiness will spread like a contagion creating a ripple effect of reciprocal beauty, goodness and joy that will protest and balance against the brokenness and suffering in the world.
What is your definition of ‘the good and beautiful life’ – of ‘happiness’?
Everyone in every culture has a different concept of happiness.
Flourishing. Growth. Wellbeing. A life well lived. Contentment. A complete life.
The causes and triggers of short-term happiness may differ, but research is verifying that what sustains long-term happiness – joy, wellbeing, contentment –-
seems to be universal to all cultures. God created us this way.
About 40% of your own level of happiness is entirely within your own control.
You can choose happiness in life and relationships
Life has challenges and difficulties. There is a time and season for everything.
But there are also qualities, skills and traits you can learn to have more joy,
to keep growing and thriving. Here are a few to begin with.
Cultivate Positive Emotion
Open your life to Positive Spiritual Emotions. Love Joy Peace Gratitude.
Have hope and optimism for the future. Grow in your Faith in God.
Be aware of and ‘think’ about the good and beautiful in life – to ‘feel’ better.
Savor each meaningful, wonderful experience.
Count your blessings all day long.
Be careful about the story you tell yourself. Get it straight with God’s reality.
But the Godly are happy; they rejoice before God and are overcome with joy. Ps 68:3 NET
Cultivate Positive Relationships
Develop wonderful, rich social connections. Family, friends, even strangers.
Just ‘be there’. Relationship connections help you be happier, less stressed.
Be around joyful, positive people whom you have a ‘heart’ connection with.
When people look back on life, they often say: I wish I let myself be happier
I wish I had courage to be true to myself – live as my truest self. I wish I had
spent more time connecting with God, connecting with my friends and family.
Grow and develop into the best person God created you to be.
Practice faith and spirituality. Live wholehearted in relationship with God.
Belong to and serve something much bigger than yourself.
Live out your passions and goals for a sense of higher meaning, purpose.
Care about the greater good for all mankind and creation.
Offer altruism and help others (which actually also helps you).
Engage in life and meaningful work
Use your greatest character strengths, gifts and talents to benefit others.
Get in the ‘Flow’ – be fully caught up in what you enjoy doing.
Experience as sense of accomplishment and competence in life, and work.
A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump;
A God-shaped life is a flourishing tree. Proverbs 11:28 MSG
Manage and Perceive Stress For Growth
View stressors as challenges and opportunity for growth.
Practice healthy habits of the mind. Avoid catastrophic, negative thinking.
Be grateful and appreciate the good and beautiful in your life and around you.
Don’t live in a rushed, stressed or ‘over’ extended way. Ruthlessly eliminate hurry.
Practice tranquility for a calming relaxation response.
Pray. Meditate. Breathe deeply. Learn to surrender and let it go.
Live within your natural life rhythms
Live more harmoniously within your spirit, body and soul natural rhythms.
Align your daily activities – eating, sleeping, waking – to your circadian clock
Practice ‘circadian rhythm hygiene’ and ‘life rhythm balance’.
Find your healthy ‘pace’ and ‘life rhythm’, arranging your daily life around that.
There are 1,440 minutes in a day. Every moment won’t be blissful. But we can each be intentional to increase our sense of joy, connection and well-being in daily life.
In everything be grateful. A glad heart makes a happy face
How will you experience and share intentional ‘happiness’, being a ‘joy spreader’?