Happiness for one day or every day?
“March 20 is the International Day of Happiness and this year's theme is Happier Together, focusing on what we have in common, rather than what divides us.” -- dayofhappiness.net
Happiness is often the most common wish we send to others whether you’re saying, “Happy Birthday,” or “Happy Friday.” Haven’t you ever wanted a little more happiness in your own day-to-day life—a happy workplace, a happy relationship, and a happy family? What if we told you there are ways that we can cultivate more happiness in our daily lives and not only one day a year?
Here are some ways you can cultivate more happiness:
Mindfulness: Mindfulness is a lofty term that gets thrown around a lot, but, in practice, it’s quite simple. Mindfulness just means that you are paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment. Mindfulness has been shown to help us be healthier, less affected by stress, more relaxed, more creative, more open to learning, sleep better, improve our relationships with others, and feel happier and more satisfied with our lives. Here is a great place to learn more about mindfulness for happiness.
Gratitude: According to Harvard Medical School, “In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” Creating your own gratitude practice can be as simple as writing down three things you are grateful for each day. Look for what’s good in your life.
Community: The first chapter of the World Happiness Report looks at an overview of happiness and community. Being connected to your community helps us feel like you belong, and this has a big impact on your happiness, that of your family, and your social circles. There are things all of us can do to improve community wellbeing, from getting to know your neighbours to supporting local activities and volunteering.
Calgary MFRC: Whether you’re a Canadian Armed Forces member, veteran, family member, loved one or friend, you understand and appreciate the unique challenges that make being in the military an occupation different from any other. At the Calgary MFRC, we aim to help lessen the impact of these challenges, and that includes cultivating your happiness. Our hope is always to provide opportunities to find your community, support your mental health goals, and offer fun and engaging social events.
Happiness is out there for everyone. It just happens to be something you sometimes need to look for, but we are sure that with some focus you can find it in your everyday life not only on International Happiness Day.