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Life patterns are constantly changing and evolving. In his TED Talk, Dan Thurmon explores how those patterns can be transcended by living off balance on purpose. Dan's philosophy can be summarized by the title of his book, Off Balance On Purpose. He believes that we will never achieve "perfect balance" and should, instead, learn to embrace uncertainty and initiate positive changes that lead to growth. Also, we should go beyond the pursuit of "success" and enhance our life experiences and professional endeavors with purposeful, positive contributions.
What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work. 
Looking after your wellbeing helps you get the most out of life. Exercise and physical activity play a crucial role in how you feel about yourself and life.Whatever your age, the benefits of an active lifestyle can soon be felt. This booklet explains why exercise is important, suggests how you can get started and stay motivated.
Over three and a half years, the Well London programme empowered some of the capital’s most deprived communities to take a proactive role in enhancing their health and wellbeing. Within this programme, there were a number of strands of work with Be Creative Be Well representing the importance of art and creativity in health agendas. This report is an independent evaluation of Be Creative Be Well, looking at the impact that the quality of the arts and cultural activity can have in community engagement and in improving health and wellbeing.
Sam Berns, age 17, was diagnosed with Progeria when he was 22 months old; a genetic disorder that results with rapid, premature aging. Progeria affects only 1 out of 4 to 8 million birhs and approximately 350 children, in the world, have this disease. His parents, both pediatricians, established The Progeria Research Foundation in 1999 to find the cause, treatment and cure. Children with Progeria live an average of 13 years. In 2013, Sam’s story was broadcasted as a documentary film with the title: Life according to Sam. His courage and spirit moved everyone who came into contact with him. Sam also shared his life philosophy at this TEDxMidAtlantic in October 2013. “No matter what I choose to become, I believe that I can change the world.” he said in his talk at TEDx. “And as I’m striving to change the world, I will be happy.”
For sustainable development to flourish, we have to recognize that social, economic and environmental well-being are indivisible. It's only when they are considered together that society can evolve. Sustainable happiness is the key to our progress. Our Happiness and wellbeing are not only why sustainability matters; it's how we can get there. The good news is that everyone can make a difference. Learn how it all starts within.
This report presents key findings from the Sovereign Wellbeing Index about the wellbeing of New Zealand adults in late 2012. The survey is the first national representation of how New Zealanders are faring on a personal and social level. The Sovereign Wellbeing Index provides a much needed look into how New Zealanders are coping within the economic conditions. Wellbeing around New Zealand - Using flourishing as a measure of wellbeing there were small but consistent effects of gender, age and income. Older, female and wealthier New Zealanders on average showed higher flourishing scores. Similar findings were found across all other measures of wellbeing giving some confidence in the convergence of measures. - There were only small differences in average flourishing scores between ethnic groups (NZ European slightly higher than Asian) and regions across New Zealand. - Social position was a powerful indicator of wellbeing. Those higher on the social ladder reported much higher wellbeing. - The five Winning Ways to Wellbeing were all strongly associated with higher wellbeing. People who socially connected with others (Connect), gave time and resources to others (Give), were able to appreciate and take notice of things around them (Take notice), were learning new things in their life (Keep learning), and were physically active (Be Active) experienced higher levels of wellbeing
The EcoMind Workshop/Seminar is designed to engage participants in Frances Moore Lappé's core idea of “changing the way we think to create the world we want.” To help us examine our core assumptions about community, democracy, hope, fear and courage in the context of today’s global challenges, as well as within ourselves and our communities, the workshop uses a range of media tools and participatory activities.
For all educators. Using the Project Happiness Handbook, dive into the three major research-based concepts that form the foundation of the Project Happiness pedagogy: social and emotional wellness, mindfulness, role of a facilitator rather than a teacher. Designed as a comprehensive guide for educators, the Facilitators Guide includes supplemental activities to be used in conjunction with the Project Happiness Handbook.
The Well-being at work report summarises the strongest evidence on the factors that influence well-being at work, along with possible implications for employers. It presents examples of how organisations leading the way in terms of fostering well-being at work are addressing these factors. It outlines how certain features of individuals’ working lives have varying degrees of influence over the various aspects of well-being – from increasing a sense of purpose, to promoting positive emotions, morale, motivation, overall job satisfaction and even life satisfaction. Based on statistical evidence, the report concludes that: • Getting the right work-life balance is an effective way of avoiding stress at work. • It is possible to maximise overall organisational well-being through a re-evaluation of how salaries are distributed among employees. • Organisations can adopt certain approaches towards job security that help their staff achieve higher levels of job satisfaction. • Working with employees to ensure they have a sense that their job is achievable can lead to greater job satisfaction, as well as higher levels of morale. • Management behaviour seems to be highly important, with some management styles more successful than others at strengthening well-being at work. • Creating a safe working environment and a sense of the social value of the work of the organisation, may increase employees’ feelings of job satisfaction. • Good levels of job-fit and skill-use, and opportunities to develop new skills, can create high levels of employee satisfaction. • Helping employees to take greater control over their work can lead to better performance and greater job satisfaction. • Taking steps to improve relationships at work – with a particular focus on relationships between staff and managers – and encouraging positive feelings can improve both job and life satisfaction.
This issue of the SGI Quarterly looks at health in relation to both life and death, showing how a healthy life is rooted in a strong sense of purpose and energy, or life force. This way of living cannot simply be evaluated by a statistical analysis of the numbers of years we are alive, our economic output or the number of diseases we encounter during the course of our lives.
For Middle School, High School, Individuals and Groups. This program, designed for busy people, introduces you to some of the foundational tools that Project Happiness teaches, in a time-slot that works.? These 10 short lessons are great for advisory groups, homeroom, or when you need to move the class in a positive direction. This is an effective way to enhance any SEL program. Small time commitment, big benefits.
For Middle School, High School or groups. “Circle of Happiness” is one of the fastest ways to develop more individual and classroom happiness. Students get to explore how the science of happiness ties into their own life experiences, and learn practical tools to deal with day-to-day challenges. Discussion questions amplify empathy, and inspire a new level of connection. This is a perfect way for students to learn SEL skills while empowering their happiness.
Museums Change Lives is the Museums Association’s vision for the increased social impact of museums. It demonstrates that museums can be ambitious about their role in society. All museums, however they are funded and whatever their subject matter, can support positive social change. Some museums already pay great attention to this; others have as yet untapped potential. The time is right for museums to transform their contribution to contemporary life. As public expenditure continues to be cut, it is more important than ever to have a strong sense of social purpose. Funders and policy makers expect museums to achieve greater social outcomes and impact. Individuals and communities are under stress and every museum must play its part in improving lives, creating better places and helping to advance society, building on the traditional role of preserving collections and connecting audiences with them. Museums Change Lives explores impacts under three headings: • Wellbeing • Better places • Ideas and people Museums Change Lives aims to enthuse people in museums to increase their impact, encourage funders to support museums in becoming more relevant to their audiences and communities, and show organisations the potential partnerships they could have with museums, to change people’s lives.
This TED talk by Rick Hanson, Author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, shows you how to tap the hidden power of everyday experiences to change your brain and your life for the better. Hardwiring Happiness shows how you can beat the brain’s negativity bias, which is like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones. This bias evolved to help ancient animals survive, but today it makes us feel needlessly frazzled, worried, irritated, lonely, inadequate, and blue. Instead, in just a few seconds at a time in the flow of daily life, you can turn your experiences – the pleasure in a cup of coffee, the accomplishment in finishing a tricky email, the warmth from a friend’s smile – into lasting inner strengths built into your brain, such as resilience, balance, and positive emotions. Grounded in neuroscience, Hardwiring Happiness is super practical, full of easy-to-use methods and guided practices to grow a steady well-being, self-worth, and inner peace. And it has special sections on children, motivation, relationships, trauma, and spiritual practice.
This conference was based on the shift from economic growth to growth in wellbeing. Watch the Resurgence & Ecologist annual Festival of Wellbeing that explores ‘wellbeing’ from environmental, personal, political and economic perspectives. Speakers include Alys Fowler, Tony Juniper, Satish Kumar, Ben Okri, Ruth Padel, Vandana Shiva, Edward Skidelsky, Tamsin Omond, Martin Powell, Juliet Davenport, Lynne Franks, Richard Wilkinson, Theodore Zeldin and Rowan Williams. The event also includes classical Indian dance and music.
The Great Transition – from economic growth to growth in wellbeing. Broadcast from Bishopsgate Institute, London. A day of inspiring speakers, great music, thoughtful poets and tasty food. The purpose of this event was to discuss – and demonstrate – how we can move from a devotion to economic growth to the joy of wellbeing. Speakers included: Jonathon Porritt; Fiona Reynolds; Richard Layard; Caroline Lucas; Polly Higgins; Patrick Holden; Fiona Reynolds; Satish Kumar and Nic Marks. Musicians include: Barb Jungr; Craig Pruess and Sophie Stammers. Dance from Bhavan, and poetry from Matt Harvey and Martin Powell. The day celebrates Resurgence's 45th anniversary and also the merger of Resurgence and The Ecologist. The merger brings together Resurgence's focus on cultural, spiritual and artistic. Check out the videos from this event to learn more!
Here is our 28-page guidebook all about the Ten Keys to Happier Living. For each Key it provides an introduction, an inspiring image, a question to ponder, a thought-provoking quote and practical action ideas, all underpinned by the latest wellbeing research.
A team from the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University has written the HAPPY Higher Education Instructor’s Guide for instructors who want to bring the powerful educational components of the film, HAPPY, into the classroom. The free, resource-rich publication pairs with the educational version of HAPPY. The HAPPY Higher Education Instructor’s Guide introduces students to the concepts of positive psychology, well-being, and the well-lived life. Resources are provided for digging deeper into the concepts presented in the film and for helping students to reflect on how the film relates to their own lives and to the lives of those around them. The concepts are part of a large body of knowledge that could be part of an hour of class or an entire course of study.  At the end of the guide is a section devoted to happiness and self-renewal that includes resources, practices, and reflective questions to help explore these topics.
We all have a variety of stressors in our lives. How we handle-or don't handle-these stressful situations goes a long ways toward defining our quality of life. Here are 50 creative and effective techniques you can use to minimize the negative impact of the things that stress you.
It’s a practical and accessible introduction to the importance of values and frames for organisations working towards a more sustainable and just society. The Common Cause Handbook makes the case that civil society organisations can find common cause in working to engage and strengthen intrinsic values  - such as concern for others, social justice, creativity, self-acceptance, and a connection with nature — whilst working to diminish the importance of extrinsic values — for example, social status, material success, image, wealth, and power. It highlights some of the ways in which communications, campaigns, and even government policy, inevitably serve to engage and strengthen some values rather than others.
Final version of the Mental Well-being Impact Assessment Toolkit (2011). The 'Mental Well-being Impact Assessment. A toolkit for well-being' has been updated in order to reflect new government policy, international evidence and the successful National MWIA capacity building programme. Improving population mental health and well-being is a key theme in the Government's Mental Health Strategy and the Public Health White Paper. The toolkit helps support national, regional and local services and systems across health, local government, the voluntary, community and private sector to embed mental well-being into their work. This final edition builds on the recent MWIA Toolkit circulated in October 2010 where users were asked to provide feedback.