Did you know today is the first day of spring (yay!) and it is also World Happiness Day?
This is the second year in a row for this United Nations sanctioned event and this year they are calling on you to share your happy videos. This event was initiated by representatives from the county of Bhutan, which by the way ranks number 1 on the “Gross National Happiness Index”. This measures several factors including a people’s psychological wellbeing, health, education and living standards.
So why is happiness good for your heath? Studies show that your positive outlook affects your life span, rate of depression, even resistance to the common cold.
Here are some things that make me happy:
- This video of schoolchildren in Detroit singing Pharell’s ‘Happy’
- Reading positive news from the Good News Network
- Going outside in weather like we have today!
What can you do right now to increase your happiness quotient? How do you improve your mood when you are feeling down? Let me know in the comments below…
Anne McCranie is a Portland, Oregon based massage therapist and personal trainer. She stays happy by laughing at herself often, getting sun on her face whenever she can and surrounding herself with positive people.