"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 13th 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." (Last year, one of the days focused on stress management activities that can create fun, with 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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