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Why Your Happiness, Mental Health and Emotional Intelligence Will Change the World

“Let your smile change the world but don’t let the world change your smile”

Can your “happy day” change the world? You bet it can! Happiness isn’t just an emotion it’s an energetic force (yes it can be measured!) that affects everyone around you. It’s the ripple effect just like when a pebble is dropped into water. It causes a ripple that keeps spreading out and out. When we are happy it guides our day from the thoughts we think to the words we use and the actions we take. Happiness is how we show up in the world and it changes everything around us. And your happiness, mental health and emotional intelligence will change the world!

Even a simple happy smile can change another’s day. Research by Harvard Professors discovered that the happiness of an individual extends up to 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 neighbour who lives within a mile and becomes happy, this increases the probability that you will be happy by 25 percent. That is a happy energetic force hard at work!

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 be reactive based on the outside world. With practice, we can stop “reacting” and start 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.

Giving – do kind things for others

Relating – connect with people

Exercising – take care of your body

Awareness – live life mindfully

Trying Out – keep learning new things

Direction – have goals to look forward to

Resilience – find ways to bounce back

Emotions – look for what’s good

Acceptance – be comfortable with who you are

Meaning – be part of something bigger

One the key actions to increase your happiness, mental health and wellbeing is giving. Just like happiness, the action of giving no matter how small will create a ripple of good to everyone around you. They go hand in hand. Giving taps into some of the key pillars of wellbeing 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 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 and how we can manage and literally create feelings of happiness in our lives. We begin to understand what feels good, what doesn’t feel good and how we can take action to shift our negative emotions to positive ones.

7 Easy Ways That Will Increase your Happiness Starting Today

Spreading happiness and increasing our mental health is as simple as one wave, one compliment, one smile at a time. 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 you to take action, to be happy and spread the good in our world. Just watching their videos will make you feel good!


We have endless ideas for you  –  one for every day of the year! 365 small acts of giving that will inspire you to be happy every day. Sign up here to get one idea dropped into your inbox every day.


If we want a happier, healthier world it starts with each and every one of us. Get started today!



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)