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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.

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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.

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)