Discover feel-good tips to help others and boost your dopamine levels whilst you’re at it.
March 20th is the United Nations International Day of Happiness which celebrates and recognises people’s wellbeing as a key factor to society’s progress and a fundamental human goal. The campaign is coordinated by Action for Happiness, a non-profit movement of people from 160 countries, supported by a partnership of like-minded organisations.
With all the difficult situations the world is facing today, it's hard to look on the bright side of things but there are positive actions you can take to help build a more compassionate world and at the same time make you feel a little happier each day.
“The secret to happiness is helping others”, says Jenny Santi, author of The Giving Way to Happiness: Stories & Science Behind the Life-Changing Power of Giving. “Scientific research provides compelling data to support the anecdotal evidence that giving is a powerful pathway to personal growth and lasting happiness”, she says. “Through fMRI technology, we now know that giving activates the same parts of the brain that are stimulated by food and sex. Experiments show evidence that altruism is hardwired in the brain - and it's pleasurable.”
So why not spark joy by showing acts of kindness to people around you? Here are some tips to get you started.
1. Find your passion
“Our passion should be the foundation for our giving”, says Santi. “It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving. It’s only natural that we will care about this and not so much about that, and that’s OK. It should not be simply a matter of choosing the right thing, but also a matter of choosing what is right for us.”
2. Share the love
Share positive images to spread peace, kindness and understanding online and IRL. For inspiration, check out @goodnews_movement, a journalist-run page featuring only good news to put a smile on your face.
3. Show support
Connect with people affected by a crisis and show your support. We all need to come together to make a difference. Join the movement Global Citizen to take part in collective actions surrounding several social and climate issues.
4. Give your time
Volunteer for a charity you care about. Giving some of your time to help others and your community is the best way to cheer yourself up. Visit your local homeless shelter or sign up to the British Red Cross.
5. Make a donation
Donate to causes on the front line of a crisis. Our charity partner War Child is protecting thousands of children on the ground from Ukraine to Yemen and need all the help they can get.
For more inspiration, check out Jenny Santi’s book The Giving Way to Happiness: Stories and Science Behind the Life-Changing Power of Giving
DRESS YOURSELF HAPPY
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