Action For Happiness
Join us as we make 2022 as positive as possible! Action for Happiness is a movement that empowers people to have the support and resources to create a happier and more positive society. Beaumont's Action for Happiness is about mental health, stability and compassion towards yourself and each other. As we grow this initiative, we will be putting together resources, webinars, activities, and projects that focus on bringing our community closer together.
Happy New Year!! How can you start 2022 happier?
Beaumont FCSS is encouraging everyone to take action for a happier new year. This can be done by taking small steps. FCSS would like to share a few ideas we think will make your year happier, add these to your new year’s resolution list for 2022.
“The road to happiness has never been a straight one, and yet, it is the only one worth travelling, no matter how curvy or rocky it is”.
- Mehmet Murat lldan
First, we want you to crack a smile -a genuine eye crinkle smile – not only will you feel happier you will feel calmer. Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural painkillers, and serotonin. These brain chemicals make us feel good from head to toe. Not only do they elevate our mood, but they also relax us and reduce physical pain. Smiling is good but laughing is even better, it takes your system one step further. Laughing causes you to exhale, and this lowers your heart rate and creates a feeling of calm. Whenever you laugh you increase your blood circulation and boost your immune system, you feel better and are happier. We all want to live happy and fulfilling lives and we want the people we love to be happy too, so don’t forget to have your friends and family smile and laugh too.
Happiness often comes in the smallest moments, like enjoying the sound and smell of fresh coffee brewing or a tea kettle boiling, enjoying a dinner date with an old friend, or just having a whole day to binge watch a favorite show. The second thing we want you to do is occasionally remind yourself how good your life is, how grateful you are for the littlest thing in your life. Take a moment to recognize the small moments that make you happy. Gratitude will help you become happier, and you may already be happier than you let yourself believe.
The final thing we want you to add to your resolution list is “be kind” to yourself and others. It's been shown that even witnessing acts of kindness can produce oxytocin which is often called the “love hormone.” Oxytocin helps to increase our optimism, confidence, and even lower blood pressure.
These small things can make a difference in how happy you are, smile, laugh, be grateful for the smallest things and be kind. These are things that anyone young or old can do and each one is contagious and will spread. We hope you do your part to spread some happiness in our community.
Can wellbeing skills be learned?
When: Wednesday, January 12 at 12 p.m. MST
At this special event, neuroscientist Richard J Davidson will share the latest insights from the neuroscience of wellbeing. He'll explain how wellbeing is not a static thing, but rather a set of skills that can be learned and cultivated over time, just like learning to play a musical instrument or riding a bike.
Prof. Davidson will show us how we can learn to cultivate a positive outlook, rebound from negative emotion, live more mindfully, and grow qualities such as empathy, compassion, and gratitude. And he'll share practical actions which we can put into practice now to build positive habits for lifelong wellbeing whatever our situation.
Webinar Link: Coming Soon!
Do you have the power to decide how your story goes?
When: Monday, January 24 at 12 p.m. MST
Life can be relentless, challenging, and full of curveballs thrown at us. But through the difficult times, life also offers us the gift of discovering the power we have to choose our response. At this special event, the high-profile medical doctor and author Dr Radha will share an inspiring toolbox of advice to help us reframe the bad stuff, prevent overwhelm and learn how to step into our power and trust ourselves - so we can overcome difficulties and become more of who we truly are.
Dr Radha will guide us through her 3 stages of 'Getting Through', 'Stepping Up' and 'Moving Forward' and provide tools to help us make decisions and changes. She will remind us that we all have something beautiful, strong and determined inside of us. You can learn how to get through a crisis, step up to the challenge, move forward and change things for the better.
Webinar Link: Coming Soon!
Author Grace Marshall discusses how we can respond positively to life's more difficult moments.
Behaviour scientist BJ Fogg discusses how small changes can make a big difference for our happiness.
Psychotherapist and author Julia Samuel discusses how to support ourselves and others through grief, loss, and change.
Renowned activist and author Satish Kumar discusses how living more simply can boost our wellbeing.
Prof. Loretta Breuning discusses how we can learn how to harness our brain chemicals for happier living.
Josie's Guide to Mindful March 2021
Josie, from the Action for Happiness team, takes us on a short journey through the 2021 Mindful March calendar, sharing hints, tips and musings about some of the actions for this month. A must-listen for anyone with an interest in positive psychology or mindfulness.
Podcast Link: Click HERE
Josie's Guide to Joyful June 2021
Josie, from the Action for Happiness team, takes us on a short journey through the 2021 Joyful June calendar, sharing hints, tips and musings about some of the actions for this month. A must-listen for anyone with an interest in training your brain to find joy wherever possible!
- 10 Keys to Happier Living (guidebook)
- 340 Ways to Use Character Strengths (Download) - Practical ways of using character strengths based on research by Tayyab Rashid
- A Primer in Positive Psychology (Book) A comprehensive overview of the field of positive psychology.
- https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being - Free online course " The Science of Well Being"
- Dr. Laurie Santos is hosting a podcast at Listen to The Happiness Lab. January discussion is “Are you ready to be kinder to yourself” she will talk about how science shows the secret to fulfilling your new year’s resolutions is to simply be... nice to yourself. Strict diets, brutal exercise and going cold turkey on your bad habits doesn’t work.
- Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything (Book) - by BJ Fogg
- Positive Intelligence (Book) - Shirzad Chamine
- This Too Shall Pass - Julie Samuel
January: Pledge Month
Join us as we make 2021 as positive as possible. All month long we focused on supporting our community, Council, and employees to take a pledge focusing on making this year (and each one after that) better than the last. Get your family, friends, and coworkers involved to help spread life and hope into our every day lives. Our Beaumont Action for Happiness Pledge can be found HERE. We also put together a January Calendar with actions that you could take every day to stay positive and spread kindness to others.
Let's take the time to pause, breathe and really take in what's all around us. During March we encoured you to take some time to look within. Learning to be more mindful and aware can do wonders for our well-being in all areas of life - like the way we eat, the things we notice or our relationships. It helps us get in tune with our feelings and stops us dwelling on the past or worrying about the future - so we get more out of the day-to-day. It can also help us identify what we're grateful for, which has been proven to help boost your happiness levels! You can view the Mindful March calendar HERE.
Active Coping April
April was Active Coping April and we encouraged you to get active, get outdoors and take care of your body. There are simple things we can all do to take care of our bodies - for example unplugging from technology, getting outside, breathing more deeply, laughing and even singing. Our body and our mind are connected, being active makes us happier, and it improves our mood and can even lift us out of a depression. Remember to take time to rest….
You can view the Active Coping April calendar HERE
Josie from Action for Happiness takes you on a short journey through the Active April 2021 calendar:
Feeling positive emotions is good for us. We can benefit by finding ways to build more of them into our lives. There is scientific evidence that positive emotions are contagious and when we feel good it can also positively affect those around us. We need a healthy balance between enjoying the moment and doing things that bring meaning and fulfilment in the long term. There are lots of different positive emotions and not all of them come from "having fun". For example, some are feelings we get when we're truly interested in something or have put our best effort into achieving something. Others come from quiet moments, like a few minutes of peace and calm in an otherwise hectic day.
Jump Back Up July
August's theme was all about about helping others. Helping others is not only beneficial for those you help (of course lending a helping hand is always a good thing to do), it also makes you happier and healthier. Giving connects us to others, creates stronger communities and helps to build a happier society for everyone. Doing things for others - whether small, unplanned acts or regular volunteering - is a powerful way to boost your own happiness as well of those around you.
Giving isn't just about money. You don't need to be rich to give. Giving to others can be as simple as a single kind word, a smile, and/or a thoughtful gesture. It can include giving time, care, skills, thought or attention. Kindness towards others is the glue which connects individual happiness to community and social wellbeing. When we see someone do something kind or thoughtful, or we are on the receiving end of kindness, it inspires us to be kinder to ourselves and others. Remember, kindness and caring are contagious
Self-care isn't selfish, it's essential! Remember no-one is perfect! But so often we compare our insides to other people's outsides. Dwelling on our flaws - what we're not rather than what we've got –make it much harder to be happy.
Having constant criticism in our heads about not being good enough is a sure way to be unhappy. This doesn't mean we should ignore our weaker areas or bad stuff that happens, but it does mean accepting that no-one is perfect, us included. It means putting our imperfections (and things that happen to us) into perspective - seeing them as normal rather than out of the ordinary. And it means a shift of focus, from what we don't have or can't do to what we have or can do. Use our September calendar to help you practice each day how to be kind to yourself and others, warts and all.
Jack Kornfield may have said it best … If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
You can view the Self-Care September calendar HERE
Science shows that people who are optimistic tend to be happier, healthier and cope better in tough times. Although we may have a natural tendency to be more optimistic or pessimistic, there are things we can do to take a more optimistic outlook, without losing touch with reality. We can Smile like an optimist, laugh like an optimist, use optimistic language, forgive like an optimist, daydream like an optimist, share stories of hope, practice gratitude, surround yourself with optimistic people, ask others how they stay optimistic and forgive like an optimist.
“Optimism isn't believing nothing bad will happen. It's about believing in your ability to handle it when it does.” - Mel Robbins
You can view the Optimistic October calendar HERE
New Ways November
In November, we encouraged you to try something new! Did you know that learning something new or getting involved in an activity that really engages and interests you is great for your wellbeing? It's true! Keeping your brain active is not only good for you physically but it can help you feel like you are flourishing as you see yourself make progress with a new skill.
You can view the New Ways November calendar HERE
Interestingly, by simply witnessing someone being kind can release the same “feel good” chemicals that engaging in an act of kindness can produce. However, you will get a greater benefit by being the performer of an act of kindness. In December we wanted you to look for opportunities to be kind and count your acts of kindness. You will experience the rewards almost immediately. One act of small kindness can release an enormous chain of positive events. The miracle of kindness is that it is contagious and something we should all want to pass on and spread to many others.
You can view the December Kindness calendar HERE