The pursuit of happiness is a good practice for stress management in that the things that make us happy generally tend to be things that alleviate stress. (Check out this list of 16 areas in life that researchers see as happiness-related, and see how each of them relates to stress management.) Also, happy people tend to be less stressed and less reactive to stress. Happiness is a worthwhile pursuit year-round, but taking a week or so to really focus on the concept (and achievement) of happiness can be an especially good idea, and there's never a better time for that than Hunt For Happiness Week! (Hunt For Happiness Week is the creation of the Secret Society For Happy People, and you can read more about it here.)
"After all the holiday mayhem, the cold temps and holiday bills can bring on the winter blues so sometimes we have to actually make an effort to hunt of happiness," says Society founder Pamela Gail Johnson. This week marks the 12th annual celebration of the observance, which falls at this time to offset what has been called the saddest day of the year, January 21st, according to British psychologist Cliff Arnall. "It's nice when we are happy for no reason at all. But sometimes, even the happiest of happy people know they need to make an effort to find happiness," says Pamela.
Each day of this week will have a different theme that focuses on fun and provides some resources to help participants in their "hunt." (Hint: one of the days focuses on stress management activities that can create fun, and there will be a guest blog by yours truly.) If you visit the Secret Society For Happiness website, you can learn more about the "31 Types Of Happiness" identified by Johnson, find the Pinterest board dedicated to happiness, and participate in other ways. I'll be linking to more happiness resources from SOHP and from here as well later in the week.
Note: The field of positive psychology brings some important findings on what brings feelings of subjectively felt happiness. Coming from the perspective that many of us are referring to the same thing when we talk about 'happiness,' and that many of the same things bring us all happiness, researchers have found several attainable goals that bring these feelings; here is some of their happiness research.
More Happiness Resources from Elizabeth Scott
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