How Happy Are You?
Really think about it.
This year’s edition of the World Happiness Report, gives special attention to the social foundations of happiness, especially in the workplace.
First published in April, 2012, in support of the UN High Level Meeting on happiness and well-being. Since then the world has come a long way. Increasingly, happiness is considered to be the proper measure of social progress and the goal of public policy
With Norway topping the global happiness rankings for 2017 I was tempted to buy my plane ticket now but then I really looked into it and saw that in fact the top four countries (Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland) rank highly on all the main factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance.
Surely we can do that within ourselves to get us this happiness that they speak? Yes – U.S. are currently at 15 and UK are sitting at 20 but really rather than me leaving my country to ‘find’ happiness I suddenly realised that we need to start embodying those 7 values and start implementing them within our own social circle. Only then can we really find happiness. Just going to where everyone else is happy when we are unhappy (and unable to change ourselves) isn’t going to do anything.
So I also you all today (and I will be more conscious of doing this starting from now…) I am going to make a special effort to be more caring, give myself more freedom, be honest, start caring about my health, concentrate on income and good governance on my own decisions in life. I can’t make the call for everyone or for my country as a whole but I am going to do everything in my power to make it work in my world. The one I live and my reality.
Who’s with me?
As for Happiness in the workplace, this for the first time has it’s own chapter in the report and was aimed to bring an empirical perspective to the relationship between happiness and employment, job type, and job characteristics around the world.
Throughout the world, employed people evaluate the quality of their lives much higher than those who are unemployed. The clear importance of employment for happiness emphasises the damage that unemployment can do. There is also a lot of data which shows that the type of work people do DOES makes a difference to happiness however it is all very similar and does show that it is horses for courses in this aspect. I do urge you to have a read as it is fascinating stuff. Although just highlights as I mentioned above that as long as you create happiness within yourself you will be happy. You cannot always expect your external stimuli to make you happy alone.
So, A good place to start is to join myself and Neil Jordan aka Positive Neil at our One Day Urban Retreat.
A chance for you to learn how to meditate properly and tackle your limiting beliefs.
This retreat is for those looking for change and to develop more control over their thoughts and limiting beliefs.
What you will leave the day with:
- A step by step method of how to meditate
- An understanding of how you think
- An insight into what you’re limiting beliefs are
- An action plan ready to put into practice
- A memory of meeting great people and having a wonderful day!