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According to a recent study weather patterns have an impact on our wellbeing. I could have told them already as strong winds drive me completely crazy! But what about our own ‘personal seasons’. The different times in our life when we are clearly blossoming and those stages when winter invades us? The important thing, seems to me, is to be able to create our versions of hygge to sustain us whilst the seasons unfold.
The memory of a beautiful experience can have a positive impact on your wellbeing – Proyer, Rene T; Gander, Fabian; Wellenzohn, Sara; Ruch, Willibald (2016). A beautiful work of art, the beauty of nature and just reflecting about beautiful things that people do has an impact on happiness. Keats said it ‘A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever’ and also Bill Cunningham – ‘Those Who Seek Beauty, Will Find it’ – who spent his working life in its pursuit and enjoyed himself whilst bringing joy to others!
Peterson and Seligman (2004) provide a classification of ‘virtues and character strengths’ that contribute to the ‘good life’. The list is comprehensive and a key motivation for the development of the classification was helping people to live to its full potential through understanding their key strengths. Knowing ourselves and our strengths of character and virtues and applying them regularly will, it seems, contribute to our overall happiness. Do you know your strengths? Time for an audit?
If you search google scholar for ‘happiness” and “wellbeing” there are in excess of 15,000 publications since 2015. There is great interest in finding the common “traits” that happy people seem to have and testing these through controlled interventions. And, not surprisingly, happy people tend to be good humoured! See: “Humor-based online positive psychology interventions: A randomized placebo-controlled long-term trial”; Sara Wellenzohn, René T. Proyer, and Willibald Ruch The Journal Of Positive Psychology Vol. 11 , Iss. 6,2
A sense of direction and meaning is crucial to a good life and more important than just ‘happiness’. See more
Waldinger talking on the lessons learnt on Harvard’s 75 year long study on happiness concludes. ‘the good life is built on good relationships’. And it is the quality of those relationships not the quantity of connections that matters!
It is essential to our wellbeing, it give us perspective and appreciation. An important thing to practice!
“Assume a virtue, if you have it not” (Hamlet to the Queen). Develop routines that suit different stages of your life. Flexibility is important but also structure, and particularly that which enables you to have some time everyday to reflect.