Whilst I’ve been in isolation I have discovered Action for Happiness: “a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society… where people care less about what they can get for themselves and more about the happiness of others”.
Action for Happiness is dedicated to creating a fundamentally different way of life, and with the Dalai Lama as a patron, there is true power in its ability to offer tips, tools and support on leading a happier and more fulfilled life.
I really do recommend exploring their website… it isn’t the most user friendly, but does host some fantastic resources.
Here are some which are worth checking out;
Coping Calendar – 30 suggested actions to look after ourselves and each other as we face the impact of Coronavirus together. Download the calendar as an image for sharing or a PDF for printing. Pass on to others and help spread the word; Keep Calm, Stay Wise & Be Kind.
Ten Keys to Happier Living Guidebook – 10 factors which are important for wellbeing, including an introduction to each, an inspiring image, a question to ponder, a thought-provoking quote and practical action ideas, all underpinned by the latest research.
Take Action – a list of simple actions which can influence positive change. Pick an action and make it happen; build a positive environment at your workplace, do things to help your nearest and dearest thrive, or connect and spread happiness in your local community.
Action for Happiness has no religious, political or commercial affiliations – it’s goal is to simply draw on scientific research backed by leading experts from diverse fields including psychology, education, economics and social innovation.
As with most tools, it’s worth pointing out that Action for Happiness isn’t a one size fits all. The resources are guides which should be tailored and personalised to you… if there is an aspect that doesn’t fit your lifestyle, personal circumstances or social context, don’t be disheartened, just pick out and focus on the areas where you can make a difference.
We’re navigating challenging times and it’s essential to stay focused and positive, so no matter how big or small the action it’s the impact that counts. No matter the size of the gesture, if it puts a smile on your own, or someone else’s face, then you have achieved something great: the gift of happiness.
Further blog posts from Stress Awareness Month 2020