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Wellbeing NOW: Celebrating International Day of Happiness!

Here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW), we’re excited about the upcoming International Day of Happiness on 20th March, and we hope you are too!

In this month’s Wellbeing NOW update we share various ways you can get involved in International Day of Happiness, plus plenty more wellbeing-related news, events and resources.

Training the Happiness Muscles

Successful athletes know they have to focus on winning, not on losing. So why do people who want to increase their happiness, often focus on their unhappiness? Miriam Akhtar is a positive psychologist who specialises in creating training programmes to develop the happiness muscles. She is the author of a book on positive psychology for depression. This post is part of our special International Day of Happiness series on happiness habits.

What Are Your Top Three Happiness Habits?

With International Day of Happiness approaching on March 20th, we’ll be sharing a special series of blog and videos this week themed on happiness habits. We see happiness not as a fleeting emotion, but as something we can build up over the long term through the daily actions we take. We’re aware that things don’t always go right in life, and that happiness is not a given; but putting actions in place that can help support yours and others’ happiness in the long term is well worth the effort.

What Are the Best Happiness Habits?

As International Day of Happiness approaches, we’re reflecting on the role that practicing happiness habits can play in building sustainable happiness over the long term.

In this post, we share six ideas for habits that have been proven to make you happier, framed around the Wheel of Wellbeing (which was inspired by nef’s Five Ways to Wellbeing).

Happiness Habits Haiku Competition

Happiness means different things to different people, yet most people agree that the pursuit of happiness is an essential part of life. In spite of this, many of us can find it difficult to make time for happiness; our own and that of those around us. This is one reason why it is so important that in 2012 The General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 20th March as International Day of Happiness. To celebrate International Day of Happiness and support you in taking time for happiness, we’re inviting you to reflect on your happiness habits and share your own happiness haiku! (For those in and around Totnes, we’re also hosting a special International Day of Happiness Community Potluck).