Posted by: wellness training services | February 3, 2013

Happiness

Happiness—what an all-inclusive feeling that has so much to do with everything! Happiness affects our health and well-being, our productivity, and our motivation.  Do we even know what happiness means to us? Do we truly know when we are happy?
I think of myself as a business happiness advocate. My goal is to find ways to create opportunities for people to upgrade their “happiness meter” through workplace programs.  Some of the pathways to happiness are through health, fitness, altruistic giving, and personal growth. Many people seem to believe that happiness is found in financial wealth, but is this true? In my experience, people who are wealthy often find there is emptiness in their life—and more money just doesn’t change that deficit.
Happiness can be sought through physical exercise that affects one’s mood and mental health, and manifests in all areas of one’s life.  A study in 2000 by Hassmen, Koivula, and Untela found a significant association between frequency of exercise and improved well-being.  Participants experienced less depression, suppressed anger, and cynical distrust, and more confidence that the world is meaningful and reasonable.  Exercise has been shown to spur neurogenesis, or neuron re-growth, particularly in the hippocampus, a portion of the brain associated with memory, learning, and regulation of emotions.  Even though we all think about exercise purely for physical benefits, it obviously also affects the psyche of our minds and emotions.
Change can make us happy when something new comes into our life: a child, a partner, or a new job; but such change can also create stress in our daily experience. When a change is of our choice, it seems we tend to be happy about it; however, if we feel a change is imposed on us, it seems we often have difficulty to deal with it.
Another way to happiness is to chase a worthwhile goal—a big life-changing goal.  The very striving for a goal seems to make it impossible to be depressed.  When we get to use our creativity and demonstrate our individuality, we are happy—we feel alive.
Real connection with others lights us up and also results in genuine happiness.  To give love without expectations of a return brings joy.  As Tony Robbins has said, “Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.”  When we arrive at the end of our life, a big question can be, “Did I matter?” When we find a way to contribute to others, we find a joyous place in our heart that makes us happy. The message for us: Be happy where we are now while creating a vision of where we want to be and set forth on that path.
From the Harvard Business Review – This History of Happiness
LAUGH AND CRY – To have a good cry is thought to be a good experience; so, too, a good laugh—which has been shown to help heal bodies as well as broken hearts.  Studies in Japan indicate that laughter boosts the immune system and helps the body to shake off allergic reactions.  At a recent workplace class of laughter yoga, I witnessed the infectious qualities of laughter spread around the room until everyone was in the full stage of belly laughter. The mood was lifted; for many days afterward, the workplace was lighter.
Take the time to read Richard Branson’s thoughts on happiness:
Enjoy the life! Count your blessings and experience the magical powers of having them multiply. May 2013 bring an abundance of especially joy.
Written by Gloria Phibbs
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