On This Day … 08 August

  • Happiness Happens Day,

What is Happiness Happens Day?

In 1999 the Society declared 08 August as the “Admit You’re Happy Day”, now known as the “Happiness Happens Day”.

The idea was inspired by the event that happened the previous year on the same date- the first member joined the Society.

In 1998 the Society asked the governors in all 50 states for a proclamation, with nineteen of them sending one.

What is the Secret Society of Happy People?

Secret Society of Happy People (SOHP) is an organisation that celebrates the expression of happiness.

Founded in August 1998, the society encourages thousands of members from all around the globe to recognise their happy moments and think about happiness in their daily life.

Purpose of SOHP?

The Secret Society of Happy People supports people who want to share their happiness despite the ones who don’t want to hear happy news.

Their mottos include “Happiness Happens” and “Don’t Even Think of Raining on My Parade”.

The main purpose of the Society is to stimulate people’s right to express their happiness “as loud as they want”.

Other Events

  • Happiness Happens Month:
    • Celebration of happiness was expanded in 2000, and thanks to the support of not-so-secretly-happy members from around the world, the Society declared August as Happiness Happens Month.
    • The purpose of Happiness Happens Day and Month is to share happiness and encourage people to talk and think about happiness.
  • HappyThon:
    • Every year, the Society organises an online social media event known as HappyThon, on Happiness Happens Day.
    • The aim of this event is to send inspirational messages via social networks, emails or texts, share happy moments, philosophy, quotes, etc.
    • HappyThon is the first online social media event that promotes happiness around the world.
  • Since 1998 the Society have been organising voting and announcing the Happiest Events and Moments of the Year.
  • Before the end of the century, a vote for 100 of the Happiest Events, Inventions and Social Changes of the Century was organised.
  • In the third week of January the Society hosted Hunt for Happiness Week.
  • They asked the current governors for a proclamation, with seven of them providing one.

Book: Home Exercise to Relieve Anxiety

Book Title:

Home Exercise to Relieve Anxiety – The Ultimate Guide for Healthy Lifestyle and Happiness.

Author(s): Henri-Cartier Bresson.

Year: 2020.

Edition: First (1ed).

Publisher: Amazon.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Are you tired of experiencing numb feet and fingers, sweaty nights, insomnia and other tiresome occurrences?

Is your friend, spouse, mother, father, sibling or anyone close to you suffering from uneasiness, heart palpitations and other symptoms associated with anxiety?

Have you been confusing anxiety with depression?

Do you feel uninformed about anxiety?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you should proceed with digesting the subsequent chapters of this book.

This workbook on anxiety embodies that practice in an easy, user-friendly format that will guide you through understanding your anxiety, knowing where it comes from, and seeing how to best approach it in a unique way that will work for you.

Every one of us is affected by anxiety at some point in our life. You may experience mild anxiety before taking part in a job interview or public speaking session. These types of anxiety shrink when the event is over. However, when the anxiety appears out of nowhere in the absence of any actual threat and interferes with our daily lives, we have to do something about that.

There is nothing to fear in deciding now to face your anxieties. They are a part of you, just like your arms or legs. You can not remove your legs, neither should you amputate your anxiety. So, take a deep breath, turn the page, and meet your anxieties here and now. Get to know them, appreciate them, and learn from them.

This workbook is meant to be your companion. The more you practice it, the better your life will become dealing with your anxiety. Anxiety is not something that has to run your life instead of you. Anxiety should be something you learn to simply acknowledge as a dinner guest and move on without fear that it will start a food fight. That is why it is important to practice the exercises in this workbook daily. Write down your feelings daily. This is a day to day attack on anxiety in the fight for your freedom from it.

Here Is A Preview Of What You Will Learn :- 

  • What is anxiety.
  • Importance of Anxiety.
  • Symptoms of anxiety.
  • Causes of anxiety.
  • Physical Exercise and anxiety.
  • Anxiety Exercises.
  • How to Create a Successful Exercise Programme.
  • How to Enjoy Exercise.

This book is a guide to help you deal with your anxieties in a productive way, and it contains many exercises for doing this; however, if you feel totally overwhelmed, you may want to combine the use of this book with professional counselling sessions. When used together, they will provide you with even more powerful guidance and help as you face and embrace your anxieties.

Book: The Science of Emotions

Book Title:

Time Special Edition: The Science of Emotions.

Author(s): The Editors of TIME.

Year: 2017.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Time.

Type(s): Magazine and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Emotions are the world’s universal language. Understand them, and you understand yourself – and others.

Packed with thought-provoking articles on connecting emotionally with others, freeing your feelings, and engaging in mindfulness, The Science of Emotions, a new Special Edition from the Editors of TIME helps you get in touch with you. And with those around you.

Three distinct sections – “Know Yourself,” “Connect with Others,” and “Free Your Feelings” – help you unlock your emotional intelligence, tame social media envy, understand why we cry, learn how to read body language, and more.

You will also discover the secrets to mental toughness, learn how to let go of guilt, discover the upside of a bad mood, and learn the eight easy ways to get happier.

Filled with photos, infographics, and illustrations, including an uplifting photo essay on joy, this empowering collection offers a full-circle view of feelings ranging from despair to elation, and reveals how to harness emotions to build a richer life.

Book: The Science of Happiness

Book Title:

Time Special Edition: The Science of Happiness.

Author(s): The Editors of TIME.

Year: 2016.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Time.

Type(s): Magazine and Kindle.

Synopsis:

“Don’t worry, be happy.” Sounds simple enough, yet many encounter setbacks in their pursuit of happiness. What if we could definitively say: “If you do this, you will achieve a happier and healthier life?” What if we could unlock the key to happiness? Enter Science.

In an all new special edition from TIME, The Science of Happiness: New Discoveries for a More Joyful Life, editors investigate exclusive, cutting-edge research from the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness.

Focusing in on the debate surrounding whether or not there is a direct relationship between happiness and health, this special edition explores the factors that affect happiness in three outlined sections – mind, life and spirit – and considers aspects such as positivity, optimism, purpose, family, finance, spirituality, and gratitude, in order to examine happiness from different angles.

Although the research included in The Science of Happiness is a work in progress, it is a step toward unlocking the key to happiness by grounding a cute catchphrase in fact and science.

Book: Flow – The Psychology of Happiness

Book Title:

Flow – The Psychology of Happiness.

Author(s): Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Year: 2013.

Edition: New Edition.

Publisher: Ebury Digital.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.

Synopsis:

For more than two decades Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studied those states in which people report feelings of concentration and deep enjoyment.

His studies revealed that what makes experience genuinely satisfying is ‘flow’ – a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to complete absorption in an activity and results in the achievement of a perfect state of happiness.

Flow has become the classic work on happiness and a major contribution to contemporary psychology.

It examines such timeless issues as the challenge of lifelong learning; family relationships; art, sport and sex as ‘flow’; the pain of loneliness; optimal use of free time; and how to make our lives meaningful.

A Trip to the Park Can Boost Happiness

A new study has found that spending time in city parks can improve our mood just as much as Christmas.

Published in the People and Nature Journal, this research looked at the content of people’s tweets and found that those who visited urban parks used more upbeat words and expressed less negativity on Twitter than they did before their visit.

The results also showed that their increase in happiness lasted up to four hours after their green space fix.

Happiness: Linking Temperament, Perspective, & Misfortune

I really like this reply by a reader to an article (in the New Scientist) about happiness (2019, p.26):

“Apparently, the search for happiness is now a well-funded industry.

Surely this calls into question whether spending so much time, money and, quite possibly, anxiety in its pursuit is counter-productive.

Instead, wouldn’t it be better to question what exactly happiness is?

To me, it is experienced in response to a joyous event or achievement.

It is fleeting, before a return to the baseline.

Maintain this state for too long and it will lose its magic.

More superlative events will be needed to maintain this level of happiness, inflating everyday irritations to trauma.

Surely the answer lies in contentment?

A neutral level of default temperament offers a greater ability to enjoy genuine happiness at all levels, to keep minor annoyances in perspective and to promote greater strength in dealing with misfortune.”

Reference

Groves, R. (2019) Money Can’t Buy You Happiness or Contentment. New Scientist. 21 September 2019, pp.26.