Happiness fact 36: 5 pillars of happiness: health emotions skills social meaning (AH, 2015)

The Pillars of Happiness
 Covering all key aspects of our life and 100% and mutually exclusive!

If you go online and check for personal development methods like PERMA from Prof. Seligman's positive psychology, read books and magazines about happiness (Anthony Robbins and others), get in tune with the flavor of the months, happiness secrets and concepts such as mindfulness all revolved around the following five core concepts:

1. LIFE IS FUN, MAKE IT LAST SLEEP WELL, SAVOR HEALTHY MEALS, STAY ACTIVE

2. EMOTIONS ARE BEAUTIFUL, EMBRACE THEM EVERYDAY\ DISCOVER YOURSELF, EXPERIENCE LIFE, BE GRATEFUL.

3. YOUR TALENT IS A GIFT, MAKE USE OF IT, BECOME AN EXPERT UNCOVER WHAT YOU LOVE, HONE YOUR SKILLS, CREATE SOMETHING UNIQUE.

4. LIFE IS AN ADVENTURE, GO OUT, DISCOVER THE WORLD TRAVEL OFTEN, MEET NEW PEOPLE, OPEN YOUR MIND & YOUR HEART.

5. THIS IS YOUR LIFE, LIVE YOUR DREAM NOW SEIZE NEW OPPORTUNITIES, LEAD A MEANINGFUL LIFE, SHARE YOUR PASSION! 

These five pillars form provides a common framework for the natural development of the overall vision, planning and tracking of our activities to shape a more meaningful life and maximize happiness throughout our entire days, weeks, months and years.

This framework has been designed to comply with the following design principles:
· The 100% rule: this means that 100% of the activities, tools and methods to achieve the goal of living a meaningful life are covered in one of the five pillars:
 · Mutually exclusive elements: in addition to the 100% rule, it is important that there is no overlap in scope definition between the different pillars. The goal there is to remove any ambiguity which could result in duplicated activities or misunderstanding.

Source: www.Authentic-Happiness.com (2015)

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Happiness fact 34: best people practices provide a 64% return to shareholders

A study of 750 firms across the world, "companies with the best people practices provided a 64%  total return to shareholders over a five-year period, more than three times the 21% return for companies with weakest practices"

Source: Baker, Greenberg, & Hemingway (2006)

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Happiness fact 35: 5 acts of kindness can increase happiness for 3 months

The most powerful way to increase your short-term feelings of happiness is to perform random acts of kindness to others, or to send a letter of gratitude to someone you care about. Five such acts in a week will increase your happiness for up to three months.

Source: David Weedmark on life, technology and art (2012)

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Happiness fact 33: flow = challenging+rewarding work+feedback

In the article, Psychologist Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi identifies the following 8 factors as accompanying an experience of flow.
  1. Concentrating, a high degree of concentration on a limited field of attention (a person engaged in the activity will have the opportunity to focus and to delve deeply into it).
  2. A loss of the feeling of self-consciousness, the merging of action and awareness. Action with awareness fades into action alone.
  3. Distorted sense of time, one's subjective experience of time is altered.
  4. Direct and immediate feedback (successes and failures in the course of the activity are apparent, so that behavior can be adjusted as needed).
  5. Balance between ability level and challenge (the activity is neither too easy nor too difficult).
  6. A sense of personal control over the situation or activity. The activity is intrinsically rewarding, so there is an effortlessness of action.
  7. A lack of awareness of bodily needs (to the extent that one can reach a point of great hunger or fatigue without realizing it)
  8. Absorption into the activity, narrowing of the focus of awareness down to the activity itself, action and awareness are merging.We are "flowing".
Source: Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi

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Happiness fact 32: what is Flow? And why does it matter?

Flow is a state of intense concentration and productivity when time flies. U.S. teenagers experience flow about 13 percent of the time that they spend watching television, 34 percent of the time they do hobbies, and 44 percent of the time they are involved in sports and games Source: Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi (1990).

Flow gives a sense of achievement and intense pleasure, the world around us disappears, we become one, in a state of hyper-productive meditation, focused on our task at hand.

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Happiness fact 31: 27% spend enough time doing what we are passionate about

Employees who rate their job as "not very meaningful". (1,600 respondents, Authentic-Happiness.com survey).

Now, this is feedback, to corporations, to leaders, to direct supervisors and to our "beloved" Human Resource department. With a more volatile, younger generation entering the job market, the challenge of defining meaningful job assignments will be even more acute and critical to building an experienced loyal workforce.

At the same time, only 27% believe that they spend enough time rate doing what they are passionate about. What if we could ignite some new passions and reconnect those with our daily work? What if learning and leadership was so engaging that employees would become over time true passionate experts in their field of work: this sounds like Utopia Inc. !

Maybe, but there is no doubt that getting closer to this goal would result in significant performance gains. Isn't this the ultimate goal of the learning department?

Source: www.Authentic-Happiness.com (2016)

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Happiness fact 29: stress keeps 50% of millennials awake at night

40 percent of millennials say their stress has increased over the past year, compared to 33 percent for baby boomers and 29 percent for older Americans.
Over half of millennials say that stress has kept them awake at night during the past month, compared to 37 percent for baby boomers and 25 percent for older Americans.
And only 29 percent of millennials say they’re getting enough sleep.

Source: Julia Sweeney (2014)

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Happiness fact 28: anticipating vacation boosts happiness for 8 weeks

Researchers from the Netherlands set out to measure the effect that vacations have on overall happiness and how long it lasts. They studied happiness levels among 1,530 Dutch adults, 974 of whom took a vacation during the 32-week study period.

The study, published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, showed that the largest boost in happiness comes from the simple act of planning a vacation. In the study, the effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness for eight weeks.

After the vacation, happiness quickly dropped back to baseline levels for most people. How much stress or relaxation a traveler experienced on the trip appeared to influence post-vacation happiness. There was no post-trip happiness benefit for travelers who said the vacation was "neutral" or stressful."

Source: Jeroen Nawijn, Miquelle A. Marchand, Ruut Veenhoven, Ad J. Vingerhoets, Applied Research in Quality of Life, Netherlands (2010)

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Happiness fact 27: 2 main reasons kis are happy: family and friends

Part of the reason kids' happiness is so strong is because they fare well on two major drivers of happiness: family and friends.
Most kids feel very close to their family (99% agree; 82% strongly agree) and have very good friends (98% agree; 65% strongly agree).

Source: THE GLOBAL KIDS HAPPINESS INDEX (2013)

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