March 20th is the International Day of Happiness. At this time of uncertainty, it seems like it has never been more important to find positive ways to look after ourselves and each other.
This international day of celebration is organised by Action for Happiness and they share wise words and advice regularly. Their 3 positive steps we can all take when facing difficult times are:
Keep calm – There are lots of things outside our control. Let’s remember to breathe and focus on what really matters so we can respond constructively.
Stay wise – Making wise choices helps everyone. Let’s choose positive actions that support our wellbeing and help others to do the same.
Be kind – We’re all in this together, even when we’re forced apart. Let’s stay connected and reach out to help others who may be in need.
On this International Day of Happiness lets all make that extra effort to bring happiness into our own life as well as of those around us:
- Reach out and make that call to family and friends to keep connected and see how they are keeping,
- Get outside if you can – the outdoors is so good for our physical and mental health. As Spring approaches lets enjoy the fresh clear air and new growth around us,
- Exercise – at this time of social distancing many of us are not able to enjoy our usual exercise regimes and clubs so we need to think of ways to keep exercising. It might be time to dust off an old exercise DVD, go walking if you can, or put on some music and dance in the living room.
- Limit social media – and watch your consumption of news. Sometimes we can get carried away watching breaking news and social media stories. Ensure you get your news from trustworthy sources and limit this to a couple of times a day.
Action for Happiness have monthly calendars to encourage positive actions to support your own wellbeing. With over 180 countries now taking part we really all can work together to make positive change and ensure that we remain happy and healthy through this current challenge.