In todays hectic and fast paced world filled with distractions, it can sometimes be hard to make the right amount of time for yourself and others around you. All too often you will board a train or bus and see a sea of people all staring down, absorbing themselves into a digital world, whilst seemingly forgetting that there is a whole world going on around them full of knowledgeable and interesting people that have the ability to change moods, educate you and make you smile.
We would love to see more interaction between people in everyday and work life as we feel it encourages good feelings, learning and actual interaction, which in turn can lead to a happier life. This is not the only aspect of increasing your happiness, but one we feel would play a big role, by putting down the phone or tablet and holding a conversation, many of the 10 keys for happier living identified by the people at Action for Happiness would become easier to achieve.
It would be a lot easier to say “10 keys for happier living, pfft, what a load of garbage’ than taking the time to have a look and perhaps put one into practice and see if any improvement in happiness is achieved – to overcome the urge to feel like you live a perfect life already is the trickiest one, and whilst we are by no means saying you need to fix things, interaction, education and learning are what got you to where you are today, so imagine how much further you can go.
Everyone’s path to happiness is different. Based on the latest research by the Action for Happiness team, they have identified 10 Keys to Happier Living that consistently tend to make life happier and more fulfilling. Together they spell “GREAT DREAM“.
In this series of weekly articles we will focus on one particular action. In this weeks article we are going to hone in on what feels to be the most important skill in the sector in which we operate.
Connecting With People
People with strong and broad social relationships are happier, healthier and live longer. Close relationships with family and friends provide love, meaning, support and increase our feelings of self worth. Broader networks bring a sense of belonging. So taking action to strengthen our relationships and build connections is essential for happiness.
Pick up your phone and make a call to a friend or family member that you have been meaning to reach out to. Make the first step in reconnecting with that person and when you finish your phone call think about how you feel. We predict you will feel happier and less stressed about things and have a slight change in persona if only for the short term, now imagine if you did that 3 times a week.
If you would like to know more about Action for Happiness you can find everything you will need on their website.