I’m not one for spouting the usual ‘Lifestyle’ rubbish but I came across this from a course I attended years ago.

Pretty common sense but but based on much research into happiness.


Happiness and Contentment: The Research

Benefits (apart from the subjective feeling)

  • Builds resilience (against difficulties)
  • Live longer
  • Think creatively
  • Generous and sociable

Happiness Theory

The Hedonic Thermostat

  • Our happiness level tends to return to baseline
  • Eg Lottery winners
  • Accident victims

The Hedonic Treadmill

  • Our expectations continue to rise and we rapidly adapt to any improvement in our circumstances (eg a pay increase)


Multiple Comparisons

  • Happiness and satisfaction are affected by who we choose to compare ourselves with.


The 15 Secrets of Happiness

  • Exercise for half an hour three times a week
  • At the end of each day reflect on five things that you are grateful for
  • Have an hour long conversation with your partner or closest friend each week
  • Plant something
  • Cut your TV viewing by half
  • Smile at a stranger at least once a day
  • Make contact with a friend or relation you have not been in contact with for a while and arrange to meet up
  • Have a good laugh at least once a day
  • Give yourself a daily treat
  • Do a good turn for someone each day
  • Capture a daily “golden moment” (awe, emotion, achievement or insight).
  • Have a regular hobby (leave the house, meet other people).
  • Thank people. Swap (genuine) compliments.
  • Try not to ruminate, especially about health matters – learn to distract yourself.
  • Smile, hum and sing to yourself.

As a teacher I use a lot of these ideas to keep my class and pupils happy. When they are happy, they come to school, they learn better and their self esteem is boosted.

If kids want to come to school and learn isn’t that half the battle won?

Maybe you could try some of these and comment on how effective they were!


Want to know more?

Try these links-

Theories of Happiness

Happiness Wikipedia

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