OH HAPPY DAY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 20th March 2018
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS TUESDAY 20th MARCH 2018
As many readers to my blog will have gathered one of the main underlying motives of this blog is to create HAPPINESS!
Today Tuesday 20th MARCH 2018 is INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS. That is not just me saying it, but as decreed by the United Nations.
So come on, what are you waiting for BE HAPPY!
This campaign is a global celebration to mark the United Nations International Day of Happiness. It is coordinated by Action for Happiness, a non-profit movement of people from 160 countries, supported by a partnership of like-minded organisations.
A profound shift in attitudes is underway all over the world. People are now recognising that ‘progress’ should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy.
March 20 has been established as the annual International Day of Happiness and all 193 United Nations member states have adopted a resolution calling for happiness to be given greater priority.
In 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which recognised happiness as a “fundamental human goal” and called for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes the happiness and well-being of all peoples”.
In 2012 the first ever UN conference on Happiness took place and the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which decreed that the International Day of Happiness would be observed every year on 20 March. It was celebrated for the first time in 2013.
BUT AS EVER THERE IS ANOTHER VIEW…
Dr Helen Driscoll, a psychologist from the University of Sunderland says we can spend too much time worrying about the pursuit of happiness, when it is OK to experience a range of emotions.
World Happiness Day is a brilliant reminder that no one is happy all the time – and there’s nothing wrong with that.
She says we should be happy to not be happy 24 for hours a day, seven days a week.
Dr Helen Driscoll, a senior lecturer in psychology at the University, argues we should think twice about dedicating our lives to the constant pursuit of happiness.
She points out that listening to moody music can be enjoyable, while sadness can trigger positive changes in our lives. She suggests that we should embrace the range of emotions to get the most out of our lives.
So here’s what Dr Driscoll says you should not worry about being happy, because that won’t make you happy…apparently.
Happiness is sometimes seen as the only thing that matters and the only emotional state that has value. This belief in itself may lead to unhappiness.
Does enjoying a sad film or book mean we are unhappy people? I don’t think so. Sadness and happiness are not always opposites. Sometimes I am happy feeling cheerful, but sometimes I am happy feeling sad.
Some research indicates that listening to sad music can provide a positive emotional experience and can be pleasurable.
Research suggests we have a genetically influenced happiness ‘set-point’ and our happiness varies only to a limited extent around this. So, regardless of what happens to us – a lottery win or a broken leg – our happiness will at some point return close to this point.
When people earn more money, their desired living standards rise, they desire ever more expensive things but in the long term they may be no happier because they still want more than they can afford.
Imagine a world in which we were blissfully happy all the time. Would we be driven to develop, to achieve, to seek partners, have children? If we were completely happy, why would we do those things?
While many changes in the world have led to increased happiness – for example availability of food, medical care, shelter etc – we struggle with other changes such as long working hours, stress, competition for mates etc.
During human evolutionary history, being happy signalled that we were behaving in adaptive ways – for example acquiring an attractive partner would likely make us happy and this had fitness benefits. But will this happiness last? Acquiring an attractive partner brings its own challenges – there is always the risk of losing them.
If something happens to us that results in sadness, the reflection that brings has some meaning – and can lead to a positive change.
Life is a rich and complex emotional quilt, full of different colours and textures of different depths. It is not supposed to be flat, uniform and joyous pink and yellow.
Would we be happier if we concerned ourselves less with happiness? If we didn’t expect it to always be with us, but knew it was always likely to return? And if we embraced the range of human emotions a little bit more?
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
If you think sunshine brings you happiness, then you haven’t danced in the rain.
Happiness is…a debateable emotion
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
For my wife’s birthday, I bought her a fridge freezer. I know it’s not much, but you should have seen her face light up when she opened it.
Love is…being happy together
TRACK OF THE DAY
Oh Happy Day – Edwin Hawkin Singers
Highest Chart Position: No.2 18th June 1969