#Internationalhappinessday has been celebrated by the UN since 2013 in order to create greater mental health and wellbeing across the world. Then in 2015 the UN launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness.
The UN have big fish to fry, concentrating on populations and long term futures of generations. We’re not saying these aren’t important but for now we’ll the focus on the individual.
Happiness is key to good mental health or a road to recovery, and each person will have their own definition of happiness. As a collective people, there is three top themes when it comes to what makes a person happy, that is: family & relationships (being around those they love), meaningful work (losing time in fulfilling activities and self-actualisation/growth) and positive thinking (acceptance, empathy and appreciation). All in all, it is likely that your own definitions of happiness will fit into these broad categories.
Just with those in the eskimosoup office today, our personal definitions of happiness fit very comfortably under these key categories featuring relatable classics such as “Making the people I care about happy”, “having opportunities to learn and grow” and “having a laugh with the people I love”. As a sample, we’re pretty on point. Although it’s tempting to say things like “lot’s of money” “fame” and “a nicer car”, ultimately none of us would trade what we consider real happiness for them.
Real fulfilment for us comes in good company and good times.
So since it’s #internationalhappinessday, we wanted to share a package of our go-to pick-me-ups. Take your pick and enjoy the ‘better late than never’ sunshine!
P.s. an internet funny never hurts too: