Ministry for Happiness

In 2008 when the government debated happiness Margaret Hodge, former culture minister defined it thus:

“The common understanding  is that wellbeing is a positive physical, social and mental state; it is not just the absence of pain, discomfort and incapacity. It requires that basic needs are met, that individuals have a sense of purpose, that they feel able to achieve important personal goals and participate in society. It is enhanced by conditions that include supportive personal relationships, strong and inclusive communities, good health, financial and personal security, rewarding employment, and a healthy and attractive environment.”

Many of us have probably not explicitly thought about what really makes us happy. We often only notice things that make us happy by their absence. In the words of the song “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone”. And then it can be too late to do anything about it.

Start your own happiness monitor. Every day when you get up in the morning ask yourself one of these questions:

* “What am I going to do to be happy today?”

* “What am I doing today to be happy?”

* “How am I going to be happy today?”

* “How outrageously happy am I going to be today?”

* “How am I keeping my happiness quotient high today?”

Then when you go to bed ask yourself

* “What will I do tomorrow to keep my happiness high?”

* “What can I keep doing to make me happy?”

* “How will I be happier tomorrow?”

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