International Happiness Day

Friday 20th of March is International Happiness Day! This is a day where we are all encouraged to make new connections and spread happiness to the people around us, after all it is infectious.

The UN General Assembly decreed that the 20th March every year will mark International Happiness Day. This is because leaders all around the world are accepting that in order for us to move forward we need to ensure that we don’t just focus purely on growing economies but also consider the happiness and wellbeing of all people.

The website for this event suggests some excellent ways for boosting happiness; here are some of my personal favourites:

1. Exercising

My last blog was all about dance and why The Motivation Project uses it in our workshops. One of the reasons is because physical activity has been proven to increase happiness levels. I know from experience that if I’m feeling low and I go for a run or to a dance class, I instantly feel lifted. So whatever your activity is, go for it, because your emotional wellbeing relies on you being active as much as your body does.

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2. Appreciating

The Motivation Project coaches young girls on ‘attitude of gratitude’ and what it really means to be grateful. Appreciating what you have and counting your blessings has a profound affect on your happiness and wellbeing. Not only will it make you feel better about yourself and your surroundings but it will also translate to the people around you as they will feel much more appreciated by you, therefore happier in your presence.

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3. Direction

Having clear goals and direction in life is a sure way to boost your mood. Our personal trick is to make sure you create clear cut, small goals and work towards them in stages. Celebrate any achievements once goals are complete, don’t let them go unnoticed!

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4. Emotion

Your attitude has a huge impact on what you do, how you feel and how others feel to be around you. I truly believe that optimism can be learned. Take on a positive attitude towards life and when things go wrong, try to see the ways in which you can learn from your mistakes and turn it all around. Try to tune in to any ‘negative mind chatter’ that’s telling you that you can’t do something or that you aren’t good enough. When you do hear these doubts creeping in, make sure you take action to change the way you approach the situation!

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5. Acceptance

The Motivation Project has a workshop about confidence and body-image. Most of the tasks and coaching in this area are more about acceptance than anything else. When we learn to accept ourselves how we are and focus on the things we like about ourselves instead of getting wrapped up in what we don’t like (teenage girls are especially good at this!) we can start to appreciate ourselves more and demonstrate self-compassion. It’s just as important to be kind to ourselves as it is to show kindness to each other. I don’t believe it’s possible to truly respect other people unless you first achieve self-respect.

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On the 20th March 2015 please make sure you share a little happiness with the world. Social Media is an excellent tool for this. I really hope that when the day comes my news feed is filled with words and images about real happiness, not of products or beauty/celebrity images that advertising tells us will make us happy, but real moments of genuine content.

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Leyla