Today is International Day of Happiness, which was introduced by the UN in 2012 to recognise ‘the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives’ as well as to be a useful reminder that the happiness comes from family, friends and good emotional well-being rather than money and fame.
This leads me to a question: who is actually celebrating this day – the happy ones, or the ones looking for happiness?
Well, I think both should. Remembering and appreciating what you already have will just remind you of how lucky you are, therefore exponentially increasing your level of happiness. And if you are unhappy, maybe today is the day to stop and have a think:
‘What makes me happy?’.
Start with small things
It’s important to have a list, or a range of things that could lift up your spirits, because if you have it in your mind, whenever you see it, you will start associating it with feeling happier. Sunshine? Smell of fresh cut grass or freshly-baked bread? A song? A friend, a colleague or a member of family?
Start noting all the small things, because collectively they are an important part of the bigger picture.
Set SMART goals
I think it’s perfectly fine to apply some business theories in your person life. If the thing that will make you happy seems difficult to achieve, just set SMART objectives to start to get closer to your final goal. But they don’t have to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based, as they are in the Business world.
They could be Significant, Motivational, Action-oriented, Rewarding and Track-able… The point is, get creative, but have a think, from all different dimensions, what is it that you need to do to be happy?
Being social creatures, we all need people around us to be happy. Are you surrounding yourself with people who inspire and empower you? Does spending time with them make you happy? Do you need to meet new people? What are you doing to strengthen the relationships that are very important to you?
What I’m trying to say is, whether you feel happy or not, celebrate your blessings, set your goals and have a positive attitude – and all things will go your way.
Have a good day you all!