Take charge of your happiness
We all want to live a happy and fulfilled life. There are times in our lives when many challenges thrown our way that are out of our control. This can seem overwhelming and impact our well-being.
The great news about our happiness and well-being is that we have more control over them than previously thought. In fact, 40% of the difference between your happiness and another’s can be attributed to their intention activities (i.e. the choices they make). These are things like their:
- Sense of purpose
- Contribution to others
- Self-care strategies
The other 60% is attributed to differences in DNA or circumstances like their health, work, relationships or financial situation (Sonja Lyubomirsky).
This International Day of Happiness, we’re challenging you to take command of the 40% you have control over, and be your best and happiest self. We have two initiatives that can have lasting positive impacts on your life.
When you’re at work, a hotspot for feeling stressed, anxious and low, step away from your laptop for just 15 minutes on Mondays to do something you love. It might be:
- Taking walk with a colleague
- Playing a board game
- Dressing up and having morning tea
- Writing a gratitude letter
- Practicing mindfulness
- Performing a random act of kindness
Whatever you like, the Fun15 is about you and your happiness! A great way to feel motivated to do it is by getting other people involved, so send out a calendar invite to your work mates and spread the initiative.
30-Day Happiness Challenge
If you feel motivated by participating in challenges, we’ve got you covered. The 30-Day Happiness Challenge will see you using a different well-being tool every week for a month. The four challenges have been selected based on the scientific evidence that suggests that they contribute to increasing your happiness and well-being:
- Week 1 – Do one kind act each day
- Week 2 – Write three things you’re grateful for daily
- Week 3 – Meditate for five minutes every day
- Week 4 – Pick a strength to use daily
Acts of kindness
Not only are they great for the receiver, but there are befits to the giver. These can include reduced anxiety, lower blood pressure and a greater sense of connection. Studies have shown that simply counting one’s own acts of kindness for one week increases subjective happiness.
This is one of the most powerful antidotes to negative emotions an depression. Studies have shown that when people write regularly about the things they are grateful for, their mood, coping behaviours and physical health improves.
Meditating and mindfulness
Meditation allows you to have a richer, more accurate perception of life through sharper awareness, clarity and presence. Mindfulness has also been shown to improve cognitive functioning like problem solving and memory, as well as gaining more emotional control – responding to our emotions skilfully, rather than reacting impulsively.
Using your strength
People feel happier, more confident, resilient, engaged in their self-development and less stressed when they’re using their strengths. When combining our strengths with others and assisting others to use their strengths, we build stronger, more cooperative relationships, enabling greater collaboration and harmony.
Take control of your happiness!
At Camp Quality, our belief that laughter is the best medicine is born from the understanding that a positive mindset defines how we react to our world. Take up one or both initiatives and you’ll make a positive impact on your life almost immediately.
Work at Camp Quality
Imagine working for an organisation where fun therapy and optimism drives the culture. Imagine doing a job where you help make a difference to children impacted by cancer, and their families. We are always on the lookout for highly skilled and talented people to bring passion and enthusiasm to the Camp Quality team.