Happiness depends more on you as a person than the outside world, and you can create happiness every day. And yet, you must always keep improving on your capacity for happiness.
What is happiness?
Philosophers have defined happiness as ‘a state of complete satisfaction characterised by its stability and durability. The happy man is fulfilled and leads a full life. »
In 2015, a magazine asked women what was essential to their happiness. Their responses were:
- their children (91%),
- their families (63%)
- their love life (60%),
- their health (57%),
- and their friends (50%).
Only 48% wanted more money. 82% described themselves as stressed and 30% had seen a doctor for a depressive episode. 64%, however, remained optimistic, as they found that they had not come out too badly from the experience…
IN YOUR WORKPLACE
Some companies have a Chief Happiness Officer who tries to create a ‘cosy’ atmosphere within the company. What can you yourself can do at work? Try to love what you do; don’t imagine a worse or better future, but build it.
The key ingredients of happiness
You have a natural capacity for happiness within you, but it is your responsibility to decide whether you give this capacity a chance or not.
If you are only waiting for the weekend, your holidays, or your retirement to be happy, then you will spend a large part of your life just waiting for something to happen.
Every day is a new day; consider your renewed energy as a revival which will help you to awaken the best of yourself.
Instead of searching for happiness, make yourself available to it.
Open yourself to the small joys of daily life: a light, a smell, music, a taste, or a smile. Consciously savour these moments. Happiness is not about ‘having’ something, but ‘feeling’ it. Be thankful every day for three things: for life, for others, and for yourself.
Enjoy your passions, as they protect you from old routines and habits. Happiness is found in movement, change and creativity.
Every night before falling asleep, review and savour the positive moments of the day.
How to overcome the obstacles to happiness:
- accept changes to society;
- learn how to hold yourself (‘give and you will receive’);
- free yourself from your fears;
- accept yourself for who you are;
- believe in yourself;
- do not give in to your own illness;
- do not be impatient.
For more information, see the free wellbeing guide from AXA Prevention by visiting the following web page: https://www.axaprevention.fr/concours/formulaire-commande-guide-bien-etre