Bobby McFerin knew what he was talking about when he crooned “Don’t worry, be happy.” So do we!
At The Shrinking Couch, we are always looking for ways to optimise mental health. Complex researches all led to one simple solution – to be happy!
Happiness is not merely the absence of adversity. Happiness is an emotional state of well-being caused by pleasant or positive moments and events. Well yeah, we all know the events- it could be an exotic vacation, your birthday or the much-awaited New Year party.
But how about the tiny happy moments we experience throughout the day? A moment could be chirping birds on a tree outside your window, or looking through an old photo album or even singing your favourite song loudly in your car! If you look closely, you’ll see that there is happiness all around you.
#myhappyfix is a campaign to maximise little moments of happiness to make them big events.
But is it really necessary? Scientific data shows that yes, it is!
There is great value in being happy. In every stomach clenching laugh, or even a passing smile, researchers note a vast number of benefits. We have put together FIVE for you:
Being Happy = Being Healthy
Happy people have lower levels of stress, greater emotional vitality and are excellent at self-regulation. There is actual data to show that happier people are more immune to illnesses such as diabetes, depression, strokes and heart attacks. Happier people are also seen to live longer and fulfilling lives. Choose a healthy life, laugh often!
Happiness makes you work better
Researchers at Warwick and Wharton found that people who were happy, were more productive than their peers – be it a professional or an educational set up. Happiness is directly linked to better decision-making, greater creativity and improved performance. Be happy to be a star!
Happiness makes you popular
People are drawn to happy people – happiness helps foster positive, healthy relationships. So be it people at work, your friends, your family, passing animals on the street, everyone loves a happy person. Be the centre of attention!
Happiness helps you gain control
Happiness research shows that being happy helps be in charge. Happy people are less likely to indulge in risky behaviour and are more mindful of being responsible. Happiness helps you optimise your life to the fullest!
Happiness is contagious
The best part of all this, is that happiness is contagious. So the advantages of being happy spread to others too! Happiness is seen to have “three degrees of separation” according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Simply put, you being happy has a massive impact on even a friend’s friend’s friend. Together, happier people are likely to make society a happy and positive space to live in. Laugh loudly, spread happy!
So, what are you waiting for? Embrace #myhappyfix! Look around you, spot something that grabs your interest and makes you smile – is it a bird on a tree? A dog trying to catch its tail? Little kids playing in the park?
Go ahead and click a picture of it. Share your #myhappyfix with all of us to spread the happy.
So wipe that frown and remember – Happy See, Happy Be!