Check out this great article from one of The Happiness Institute's family...Marisa Guerrini
When I told a former colleague that I was going to teach people "happiness", the response was a sceptical and surprised "are you serious?". I replied: "I don't know why people don't take 'happiness' seriously. I mean, after all, isn't it what everybody wants?"
To some, happiness is a "thing" one must spend a life pursuing. Yet, when asked what it is that makes them happy, it is not so clear.
Whether it is at work, at home, or on a national level, the question is: "What are people actually pursuing?"
For that reason alone, having an understanding of what happiness is will help people identify key elements for a more meaningful and happier life. In short, it is not something we chase, but something that is available to us at any given moment if we choose to see and experience it.
Being optimistic is about seeing yourself, your world and your future in a healthy and positive way. So it explains why happiness to individuals is a subjective thing, also referred to as subjective wellbeing.
Research surveys such as the Bankwest Happiness Survey ask people to give an indication of how happy they feel about themselves and towards other domains of their life such as relationships, health, achievements and future security.
For some, there is a belief that happiness is something that "happens" to us. In actuality, happiness is a skill that we can all learn and at any age.
When cultivated, it brings us closer to what is "good" in humanity and offers benefits to ourselves and to everyone around us, including friends and family members, neighbours, colleagues and communities at large...
...keep reading the full and original article, from The West Australian, HERE
And also, read more about Marisa and her work - HERE
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