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.
This month's theme is 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
We'd love you to share our calendar below with its suggestions for how to build resilience this month. Click/tap the full sized calendar below to open it in a new tab for easy saving!
We've got more fantastic events coming up. Do join us if you can!
August 10, 2021: Tiny Happiness Habits with Dr. BJ Fogg
Tiny Habits—created by Dr. BJ Fogg, a world-renowned Behavior Scientist at Stanford University—is based on 20 years of research and Dr. Fogg’s personal experience coaching over 60,000 people. Dr. Fogg has coined the idea of “Behavior Design”— and has cracked the code of habit formation that will improve people’s lives through behavior change. Join Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness as he chats with Dr. Fogg about his groundbreaking work.
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.