[tweetthis]Today is International Day of Happiness. #IDOH[/tweetthis]
When I first found out about International Day of Happiness, I was immediately interested in learning more.
One of the things that made my life simpler and less stressful was when I started focusing on relationships and less on materialism. Happiness researchers will tell you the one thing that has proven to be fundamental to our happiness is our connection with other people. Connecting with people in a meaningful way was crucial to my success when I was working on getting out of debt.
[tweetthis]So, I guess the happiness people know what they’re talking about! #IDOH[/tweetthis]
We can all participate in the International Day of Happiness. Here’s how:
1. Do Something Kind For Others
Think back to the last time you did something kind for someone else. Did you feel great after? I bet you did, and they did too! Research shows that showing kindness to others not only increases the recipients happiness, but ours as well. So get out there and doing something nice for someone.
2. Get Out and Volunteer
I started volunteering when I was 14. I was a volunteer at our local hospital and since that time I’ve volunteered my time, talents and energy to causes that are important to me. Volunteering makes you feel great, you meet new people, and you’re making a positive contribution to your community.
3. Get To Know Your Neighbors
I never really liked the young woman who moved in next door. Her kids were loud and they didn’t understand or follow the townhouse community rules. So, I kept my distance.
This year, I found out she was having a radical mastectomy and hysterectomy because she had breast and ovarian cancer. She’s only 40.
I felt like a real jerk for not extending myself before and getting to know her. Since that time, we’ve spent more time chatting and I’ve sent over goodies for her and her girls. I’m glad I stopped judging long enough to help her during this time and to get to know her better.
4. Understand Others Needs
This is a little more difficult, but not impossible because it requires to cultivate our listening skills. It’s a skill that can be learned, and when learned well will help to deepen your relationships. which in turn will make you happier.
5. Look For The Good In Others
I’ll admit this isn’t always easy, but everyone has good qualities. Constantly criticizing others is destructive on many levels. Remembering what we value and appreciate in others helps to deepen our relationships.
Share Something Positive
Even though online relationships aren’t the same as our off-line ones, we can share positive thoughts, pictures, words with our online friends.
Grab your camera’s and start taking pictures of your positive experiences or share uplifting inspirational messages and post them online with the hashtag #IDOH or #InternationalDayOfHappiness.
You can even join the Happiness Activist Flash Mobs all over the world. There’s other ideas too that you can choose to organize or participate in. Find out more about how you can participate.
So what really makes us happy? It’s not what you buy, how you look, or what you own.
The 10 Keys To A Happier Life and they are:
[tweetthis]Do you want to be part of the #IDOH? [/tweetthis]
There are lots of ways to get involved. Be part of the movement and spread some happiness today!