How Your Happiness & Mental Health Changes the World
Did you know that your happiness and mental health can change the world?
“Let your smile change the world but don’t let the world change your smile”
This is how your happiness can change the world. Happiness isn’t just an emotion it’s an energetic force (yes it can be measured!) that affects everyone around you. When you are happy you can affect the happiness of everyone around you. It’s the ripple effect of giving. It is similar to dropping a pebble into the water which causes a ripple that keeps spreading. When we are happy it guides the thoughts we think the words we use and the actions we take. Happiness is how we show up in the world and it changes everything around us. Our happiness ripples to others which builds happiness throughout our neighbourhoods.
Even a simple happy smile can change another’s day. Research by Harvard professors discovered that the happiness of an individual reaches three degrees of separation (that is – our level of happiness impacts the happiness levels of the friends of our friends’ friends.) Similarly, if you have a friend, relative, or neighbor who lives within a mile of your home and becomes happy, this increases the probability that you will be happy by 25 percent. That is the happy energetic force!
This is the big impact we can make every day on the world around us just by understanding our emotions and the effect they have on the world around us. Emotional intelligence takes time to nurture and foster every day. Our emotional state tends to react to the outside world. With practice, we can stop “reacting” and start responding by being in control of our emotions with positivity and compassion.
10 Quick Ways to Increase Your Happiness Every Day
If we want a happier life and a happier world, we need to dig in and discover for ourselves how we can create happiness from the inside out. It’s different for every human being but here are some great ideas from our friends at Action for Happiness that will get you going.
One of the key actions to increase your happiness, mental health, and well-being is giving. Just like happiness, the action of giving no matter how small will create a ripple of good for everyone around you. They go hand in hand. Giving taps into some of the key pillars of well-being including life meaning, positive emotions, a sense of accomplishment along with feelings of connection and engagement to the world around you. You can check out more in this 365give article The Trifecta of Wellbeing.
With a little practice, we can begin to identify how we are feeling with each small act of giving increasing our emotional intelligence and understanding how we can manage and literally create feelings of happiness in our lives. What begins to understand what feels good, what doesn’t feel good, and how we can take action to shift our negative emotions to positive ones.
The Ripple Effect Of Giving
Spreading happiness increasing our mental health. It’s as simple as one wave, one compliment, one smile to another. Watch these amazing kids as they drive around creating a ripple of happiness everywhere they go. It’s literally infectious! Our friends at BrightVibes Media have endless videos that will inspire us to take action, to be happy, and spread the good in our world. Just watching their videos will make you feel good!
7 Easy Ways To Increase Happiness Starting Today
Here are a few ideas to get you going today to make your own happiness a daily practice just like brushing your teeth. We can start creating happiness for ourselves right now but most importantly we will create it for everyone around us.
We have endless ideas for you one for every day of the year! 365 small acts of giving that will inspire you to happy every day.
If we want a happier, healthier world it starts with each and every one of us. Get started today! Sign up here to get one giving idea dropped into your inbox every day.