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Rise and whine or rise and shine? How to hack happiness

  • Publish Date: Posted 23 days ago
  • Author: Zara Winstanley
​A post-pandemic world, for some, has brought fear, apprehension, and a level of uncertainty. Despite this, the concept of ‘new normal’ has signalled an opportunity to reshape, reflect and recalibrate personally and professionally. 

Happiness is subjective; gained and experienced differently by every individual. However, we’ve analysed some ways social science is enabling us to hack happiness and achieve fulfilment in our personal and professional lives.

Remember, a happy you is a successful you.

Rise and whine or rise and shine? How to hack happiness
It’s all about the science

Dr Andy Cope is a doctor of happiness (well, has a PhD in positive psychology, so basically!) who talks about how best to reach this seemingly mythical concept. Positive psychology is a real scientific study that looks in-depth at all the things that make life worth living, by focusing on both individual and societal well-being. Its overall aim is to improve quality of life by looking at positive subject experience, positive individual traits and positive institutions, looking at what makes us all our happiest selves. So, is happiness just a basic science or is there more to it?

Some people just ooze happiness. They always seem to have a positive aurora about them and seemingly let negative emotions or experiences roll off them. Science proves however, that while everyone has the ability and capacity to change their outlook on life, some just have it come more naturally to them. This is because although happiness can be spiritual and personal, it is also chemical.

The hard science behind it defines our abilities to feel different levels of contentment and jubilance. As much as we can try and work towards true happiness, we also have many complex hormones that control us such as dopamine, serotonin, endorphins and oxytocin. These are famously known as our happy hormones that can promote positive feelings like happiness, pleasure and love! These are your body’s chemical messengers and if they aren’t working properly can cause and affect our happiness. In other words, keeping our happy hormones in check mean a happy you!

Science aside, let’s look at all the failsafe social top tips to happiness:

1. Be good at the basics: such as being kind, passionate, resilient and positive to yourself and towards others.

2. Stop long enough to live and be in the moment: The world is fast-moving and doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon, so make a conscious effort to take a step back, breathe it in and think about all the reasons to be grateful.

3. Think about one’s future self and not just one’s current self: It’s important to treat yourself once in a while, but it’s even more important to think about one’s future self when doing so. An extra slice of pizza and a couple of biscuits can be seen as a treat but perhaps an extra roast hog, a whole box of choccys and the rest of the cake on top might be pushing a little when we consider our future health and future self. (Okay we don’t think you’re eating all that every night, but you get the point).

4. Remember that you can bend, but we don’t need to snap: Of course, we can mould to other people and make allocations, lend a helping hand and push ourselves to be our most brilliant. However, you must remember you have your own limits and remember to take some time out for yourself.

5. Happiness isn’t a pursuit: instead by slowing down, happiness will have a minute to catch us up. Take some time away from social media and take some time for yourself and the people around you. And yes, that includes time away from your emails!

6Be kind to ourselves and others: The world currently isn’t at its best, so making allowances and easing up adding pressure and high expectations for yourself can give you a bit of a break. Relax, and in the words of Adele, go easy on you!

7. Remember it’s you vs you: When it comes down to it it doesn’t matter what others are doing. As long as you’re proud of yourself and your own abilities, then it only matters what you’re doing. Focus on your current and future self and be proud of those around you without letting it affect what you're doing.

8. Buy experiences, not stuff: If you’re going to invest your hard-earned money in anything, invest it in time. Spending time with people you love and care about will create memories you’ll cherish forever.

9.Lastly, embrace failure! What feels like failing in work, life and love can end up turning into successes later. We can choose to learn from our mistakes and move forward towards happiness. Don't let the risk and fear of failure stop you from what is going to make you great and therefore happy.

Can I be just as happy at work as I can be at home?

We spend over half of our waking lives at work and with our colleagues. Hacking happiness at work is arguably more important than anything else! A career you can enjoy and find personally fulfilling can make all the difference. Bringing in all the top tips from your personal life can bring true happiness through to your professional life, and happy you is a successful you.

There are arguably many different factors that contribute to being happy with oneself. Social ties: such as with family, spouses, colleagues and friends. Activity: memberships in organisations and social organisations or physical exercise & meditation. Spirituality: Spiritual practise & religion. On the whole, spending time with the people we love, getting out and about and enjoying exercise and getting a better quality of sleep can all contribute to our happiness. It’s important to remember that it can also vary in connection to financial income, illness and seasonally, so give yourself extra allowances at times particularly in the winter season.

Whether your focus is on yourself, your friends, your spirituality, exercise, your career, your pets… the list towards happiness is endless. Between scientific evidence, psychology and ‘the word on the street’ it turns out the true key and secret to happiness, is you!

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