Did you know there is such a thing as the World Happiness Summit? I didn’t until recently. Intrigued by the title and concept, I looked it up to find out more. Here’s what they say about themselves:
The World Happiness Summit (WOHASU) is the first global forum created to expose individuals to the practical implementations of the science of happiness.
The Summit unites leading experts with the general public to discuss, engage and explore happiness within a holistic format to enhance the well-being of individuals, communities, corporations and society at large.’
Wowaz!! That is a big BHAG.
This aligns completely with what I hope to help my clients achieve; happiness that contributes to well-being, is sustainable and is grounded in research. I will be attending the Summit and am be excited to bring back new ideas and tools to support you.
In the meantime…..what exactly is Happiness? There are many definitions:
Mo Gawdat, Solve for Happy – “Happiness happens when life seems to be going your way. You feel happy when life behaves the way you want it to.”
Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage – “Happiness is the experience of positive emotions – pleasure combined with deeper feelings of meaning and purpose. Happiness implies a positive mood in the present and a positive outlook for the future.”
Martin Seligman, The Pursuit of Happiness – ‘We find a deep sense of fulfillment by employing our unique strengths for a purpose greater than ourselves.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary – “a state of well-being and contentment”
Fundamentally, there are about as many definitions of Happiness as there are people to ask.
With that said, could you be happier? Most people say yes when asked this question. So HOW do you become happier? What can you DO to be happier? What needs to change to be happier? Those are great questions.
At The World Happiness Summit, I will be learning about the keys that have been identified to date that impact our happiness.
Begin to ‘wake up’ in life. Come off autopilot and start to pay attention to what is going on around you and in you. Become aware of what you do and begin to understand why you do it.
And with this awareness, accept what you find. Face the reality of what ‘is’, not what you hope, believe, expect or wish it to be. This applies to the world and to yourself.
When you offer kindness, the recipient feels good and you feel good. Being kind takes little effort and has a multiplier effect.
It applies not only to others, but to you as well. When is the last time you paid yourself a compliment?
Be of Service
As part of a community it benefits all when you give and contribute. It circles back to being kind.
Studies have also shown that focusing on others has a significant impact on our happiness.
Choose Your Attitude
Man’s ultimate freedom is to choose his attitude in any given circumstance. It is not the event or circumstances that impacts happiness, but how you choose to react to it.
This is the single most talked about, written about and studied aspect of happiness. By simply writing down three things you are grateful for each day, it rewires your brain for positivity and happiness.
To quote Nike…Just Do It!. You only get better at something with practice. Happiness and positivity can be learned. It just takes practice.
I’ll be back after the Summit with more depth and tools to help you practice and increase your happiness. Stay tuned!