Action For Happiness
Join us as we make 2021 as positive as possible! Action for Happiness is a movement that empowers people to have the support and resources to create a happier and more positive society. Beaumont's Action for Happiness is about mental health, stability and compassion towards yourself and each other. As we grow this initiative, we will be putting together resources, webinars, activities, and projects that focus on bringing our community closer together.
Science shows that people who are optimistic tend to be happier, healthier and cope better in tough times. Although we may have a natural tendency to be more optimistic or pessimistic, there are things we can do to take a more optimistic outlook, without losing touch with reality. We can Smile like an optimist, laugh like an optimist, use optimistic language, forgive like an optimist, daydream like an optimist, share stories of hope, practice gratitude, surround yourself with optimistic people, ask others how they stay optimistic and forgive like an optimist.
“Optimism isn't believing nothing bad will happen. It's about believing in your ability to handle it when it does.” - Mel Robbins
Optimism is about believing that things are more likely to turn out good than bad. Not surprisingly our level of optimism can influence how persistent we are in aiming for our goals and how we deal with setbacks. Although there is some evidence of benefits to pessimism - research suggests optimism is better for our health and happiness overall. Studies show that in difficult situations - optimists appear to experience less distress and higher well-being than pessimists.
It's important to keep our feet on the ground. An overly optimistic outlook can be unhelpful. Being optimistic does not mean blindly ignoring the negative facts. Having unrealistically high expectations can lead to disappointment, a sense of failure and a more pessimistic view of the future. When we think about the future, we are all guessing to some degree - so we must base our goals and our judgments on what little we know in the here and now. Taking a realistic but hopeful view of the outcomes seems to increase the likelihood that things really will turn out ok.
We'd love you to share our calendar below with its suggestions on how you can help yourself be more optimistic . Click/tap the full sized calendar below to open it in a new tab for easy saving!
How To Live Better With Julie Lythcott-Haims: Wednesday, October 6
Julie is an author, speaker, and activist focused on helping humans find their true north. At its core, her work is about the obstacles that prevent us from being our most authentic selves and how to overcome them. She offers us all an invitation to grow deeper—to continuously return to and strengthen our voice, values, meaning, and joy. Julie expressed that she has come to appreciate that despite our innumerable differences, we all want to be treated with dignity and kindness. We all yearn to know that we matter. We all want to be seen, accepted, and loved simply as we are. There is so much work to do, at all levels, to build a human community in which we all matter. It’s up to all of us to treat all humans with dignity and kindness and to inspire others to do the same
Julie’s host a regular newsletter called Julie’s Pod it can be found at: https://www.julielythcotthaims.com/resources/newsletter
Webinar Link: Coming Soon!
Making Happy Memories With Meik Wiking: Thursday, October 28
Meik Wiking is the founder and CEO of The Happiness Research Institute and the author of worldwide bestsellers Hygge and Lykke. Meik mentions how important it is to have purpose in our lives and sums up 3 principles of happiness: “Do something active, do something together with other people and do something meaningful that brings you a sense of purpose. Meik’s book "The Little Book of Hygge (pronounced Hoo gah): The Danish Way to Live Well", shares ten principles of the Hygge Manifesto: Atmosphere, Presence, Pleasure, Equality, Gratitude, Harmony, Comfort, Truce, Togetherness and, finally, Shelter.
"Meik has been called The Indiana Jones of Smiles and probably the World´s happiest man by The Times."
Here is a brief video clip from Meik: https://youtu.be/LjLkkqpyEmU
Webinar Link: Coming Soon!
Author Grace Marshall discusses how we can respond positively to life's more difficult moments.
Behaviour scientist BJ Fogg discusses how small changes can make a big difference for our happiness.
Psychotherapist and author Julia Samuel discusses how to support ourselves and others through grief, loss, and change.
Renowned activist and author Satish Kumar discusses how living more simply can boost our wellbeing.
Prof. Loretta Breuning discusses how we can learn how to harness our brain chemicals for happier living.
Josie's Guide to Mindful March 2021
Josie, from the Action for Happiness team, takes us on a short journey through the 2021 Mindful March calendar, sharing hints, tips and musings about some of the actions for this month. A must-listen for anyone with an interest in positive psychology or mindfulness.
Podcast Link: Click HERE
Josie's Guide to Joyful June 2021
Josie, from the Action for Happiness team, takes us on a short journey through the 2021 Joyful June calendar, sharing hints, tips and musings about some of the actions for this month. A must-listen for anyone with an interest in training your brain to find joy wherever possible!
- 10 Keys to Happier Living (guidebook)
- 340 Ways to Use Character Strengths (Download) - Practical ways of using character strengths based on research by Tayyab Rashid
- A Primer in Positive Psychology (Book) A comprehensive overview of the field of positive psychology.
- https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being - Free online course " The Science of Well Being"
- Dr. Laurie Santos is hosting a podcast at Listen to The Happiness Lab. January discussion is “Are you ready to be kinder to yourself” she will talk about how science shows the secret to fulfilling your new year’s resolutions is to simply be... nice to yourself. Strict diets, brutal exercise and going cold turkey on your bad habits doesn’t work.
- Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything (Book) - by BJ Fogg
- Positive Intelligence (Book) - Shirzad Chamine
- This Too Shall Pass - Julie Samuel
January: Pledge Month
Join us as we make 2021 as positive as possible. All month long we focused on supporting our community, Council, and employees to take a pledge focusing on making this year (and each one after that) better than the last. Get your family, friends, and coworkers involved to help spread life and hope into our every day lives. Our Beaumont Action for Happiness Pledge can be found HERE. We also put together a January Calendar with actions that you could take every day to stay positive and spread kindness to others.
Let's take the time to pause, breathe and really take in what's all around us. During March we encoured you to take some time to look within. Learning to be more mindful and aware can do wonders for our well-being in all areas of life - like the way we eat, the things we notice or our relationships. It helps us get in tune with our feelings and stops us dwelling on the past or worrying about the future - so we get more out of the day-to-day. It can also help us identify what we're grateful for, which has been proven to help boost your happiness levels! You can view the Mindful March calendar HERE.
Active Coping April
April was Active Coping April and we encouraged you to get active, get outdoors and take care of your body. There are simple things we can all do to take care of our bodies - for example unplugging from technology, getting outside, breathing more deeply, laughing and even singing. Our body and our mind are connected, being active makes us happier, and it improves our mood and can even lift us out of a depression. Remember to take time to rest….
You can view the Active Coping April calendar HERE
Josie from Action for Happiness takes you on a short journey through the Active April 2021 calendar:
Feeling positive emotions is good for us. We can benefit by finding ways to build more of them into our lives. There is scientific evidence that positive emotions are contagious and when we feel good it can also positively affect those around us. We need a healthy balance between enjoying the moment and doing things that bring meaning and fulfilment in the long term. There are lots of different positive emotions and not all of them come from "having fun". For example, some are feelings we get when we're truly interested in something or have put our best effort into achieving something. Others come from quiet moments, like a few minutes of peace and calm in an otherwise hectic day.
Jump Back Up July
August's theme was all about about helping others. Helping others is not only beneficial for those you help (of course lending a helping hand is always a good thing to do), it also makes you happier and healthier. Giving connects us to others, creates stronger communities and helps to build a happier society for everyone. Doing things for others - whether small, unplanned acts or regular volunteering - is a powerful way to boost your own happiness as well of those around you.
Giving isn't just about money. You don't need to be rich to give. Giving to others can be as simple as a single kind word, a smile, and/or a thoughtful gesture. It can include giving time, care, skills, thought or attention. Kindness towards others is the glue which connects individual happiness to community and social wellbeing. When we see someone do something kind or thoughtful, or we are on the receiving end of kindness, it inspires us to be kinder to ourselves and others. Remember, kindness and caring are contagious
Self-care isn't selfish, it's essential! Remember no-one is perfect! But so often we compare our insides to other people's outsides. Dwelling on our flaws - what we're not rather than what we've got –make it much harder to be happy.
Having constant criticism in our heads about not being good enough is a sure way to be unhappy. This doesn't mean we should ignore our weaker areas or bad stuff that happens, but it does mean accepting that no-one is perfect, us included. It means putting our imperfections (and things that happen to us) into perspective - seeing them as normal rather than out of the ordinary. And it means a shift of focus, from what we don't have or can't do to what we have or can do. Use our September calendar to help you practice each day how to be kind to yourself and others, warts and all.
Jack Kornfield may have said it best … If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
You can view the Self-Care September calendar HERE