Did you know that Monday 20th March is International Day of Happiness?
World Happiness Report
The 2017 World Happiness Report will be released at the United Nations at an event to celebrate the day. The report ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels. Happiness is increasingly considered the proper measure of social progress and the goal of public policy.
3000 respondents in each of the 155 countries were asked to evaluate their current lives on a ladder where 0 represents the worst possible life and 10 the best possible. The key variables that marked out the differences between countries were:
Of significant interest to those interested in Mindfulness, the United States, UK and Australia all ranked having a diagnosed mental illness as being more important than income, physical illness or employment in determining levels of happiness.
In all countries the most powerful effect would come from the elimination of depression and anxiety disorders, which are the main form of mental illness.
Mindfulness practices can help people to improve their mental health. The mental health charity Mind says that Mindfulness can help you to:
Action for Happiness
Action For Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. They have a website with lots of fantastic free resources, including the 10 Keys to Happier Living. They also have a great Happiness Pack for Kids, which has lots of cool resources that kids can and adults can have fun using together.
Have a look at their resources and see if you can create a little more happiness today!
Jo is a director of Mindful Future and an accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher. Breathworks is one of the leading Mindfulness organisations in the UK