Book: Ten Keys to Happier Living
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POSTER #7: RESILIENCE
Find ways to bounce back
Why happiness ?
"We all want to be happy and we want the people we love to
be happy. Happiness means feeling good about our lives and wanting
to go on feeling that way. Unhappiness means feeling bad and
wanting things to change"
Lord Richard Layard
Founder, Action for Happiness
A Force For Good
Dan Goleman's fantastic new book about the Dalai Lama's vision
for our world.
We are honoured that the work of Action for Happiness features
in the book as an example of his ideas being put into
POSTER #10: MEANING
Be part of something bigger
POSTER #1: GIVING
Do things for others
"I've been able to show that fear closes down our minds and
our hearts, whereas positive emotions literally open our minds and
hearts... they really change our mindsets and our
Dr. Barbara Fredrickson
Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina
POSTER #8: EMOTIONS
Look for what's good
Find out how Lucy used ideas from the Ten Keys to Happier Living
to help deal with depression and anxiety: Read Lucy's story
Children's kindness inspires commuters
Pupils at John Stainer School re-branded Anti-Bullying Week
as "It's Cool To Be Kind Week" and have been spreading kindness at
school and in their local community.
Our happiness is not set in stone
Although our genes influence about 50% of the variation in our personal happiness, our circumstances (like income and environment) affect only about 10%.
As much as 40% is accounted for by our daily activities and the conscious choices we make. So the good news is that our actions really can make a difference.
Happiness is contagious
Our happiness influences the people we know and the people they know.
Research shows that the happiness of a close contact increases the chance of being happy by 15%. The happiness of a 2nd-degree contact (e.g. friend's spouse) by 10% and the happiness of a 3rd-degree contact (e.g. friend of a friend of a friend) by 6%.
Happiness leads to success
Most people think that if they become successful, then they'll be happy.
But recent discoveries in psychology and neuroscience show that this formula is backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around.
When we're positive, our brains are more motivated, engaged, creative, energetic, resilient, and productive.
Mindfulness changes your brain
Recent research has shown that an 8 week mindfulness meditation class can lead to structural brain changes including increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection.
POSTER #2: RELATING
Connect with people
"We urgently need a change in priorities. So if you believe
in a more caring society that puts well-being before wealth, and
prioritises the things that really matter, then join us - add your
voice and take action. Together we can create a happier and kinder
Director, Action for Happiness
The Happiness Challenge involves simple daily actions in
* Be Mindful - do less and notice more
* Be Kind - do things for others
* Be Grateful - remember the good things
POSTER #4: AWARENESS
Live life mindfully
Man's search for meaning
"We can discover this meaning in life in three different
ways: by creating a work or doing a deed; by experiencing something
or encountering someone; and by the attitude we take toward
"Everything can be taken from a man but the last of the
human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of
circumstances, to choose one's own way"
Author of "Man's Search for Meaning" about his experience in a
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