There’s one slight issue with happiness… even if you strive for it solo, there is no guarantee people in your inner circle are striving for it too.
And unless they do, your efforts to achieve a sunnier life might be in vain.
This is why Action for Happiness is the genie in a bottle when it comes to joy as they not only grant your wish for contentment but help you with the ripple effect too.
The positivity masters are a movement committed to building a happier and more caring society, bringing together like-minded people from all walks of life.
They do this by sharing practical ideas so happiness is not just a state of mind but something tangible that you can take action with at home, work or in the community.
In their mission statement, the team state they want to see a world where people care less about what they can get for themselves and more about society as a whole.
The squad, who boast the Dalai Lama as their patron, state: “Our movement is about an idea, which if implemented, could uplift the quality of life in our societies.
“The idea is that what we want for our society is as much happiness as is possible and, above all, as little misery.
“If each of us made this our goal, this would radically improve our societies.”
The Action for Happiness crew believe there are three fundamental ways to create this societal shift, which would influence how we approach our personal lives, how we bring up our children, how we behave at work, and how public policy is made.
Firstly, they say that we can each affect our happiness and of those around us by the conscious choices we make and the way we choose to react to what happens to us.
Secondly, they state that as individuals we need to prioritise the external factors that cause happiness by putting people first to create loving and collaborative relationships in our families, organisations and communities.
In addition to this, we must also focus on the internal factors to happiness (namely, ourselves!) and take care of our emotional and psychological health as we can’t pour from an empty cup and therefore we need to look after number one.
And last but not least, it is said that helping others is essential for a happier society, in particular, the art of giving.
It is this altruistic act that is said to provide us with a sense of meaning and makes us more accepting of ourselves and others.
In the words of their joy army, “Happiness is also contagious, so when we feel good we help make others around us happier too.”
To join the crusade, click here: Action for Happiness.