by Comprehensive Staff
Founded in the UK in 2010, Action for Happiness (AFH) is a global movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring world. With close to 118,000 members in 174 coun-tries, the goal of AFH is to see a fundamentally different way of life, where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others. Members of the AFH movement make a simple pledge: to try to create more happiness in the world around them. AHF provides ideas and re-sources to enable people to take action at home, at work or in their community.
As an organization AFH has no religious, political or commercial affiliations and welcomes people of all faiths (or none) and all parts of society. AFH brings together like-minded people from all walks of life and help them take practical action, drawing on the latest scientific research. They are backed by leading experts from diverse fields including psychology, education, econom-ics and social innovation.
The AFH ’10 Keys To Happiness’ serve as the core of their ‘G.R.E.A.T. D.R.E.A.M.’ methodolo-gy for creating a better, happier world.
1. Giving—Do Things For Others. Caring about others is fundamental to our happiness.
2. Relating—Connect With People. Relation-ships are the most important overall contribu-tor to happiness.
3. Exercising—Take Care of Your Body. Our body and our mind are connected. Being active makes us happier as well as being good for our physical health.
4. Awareness—Live Life Mindfully. Learning to be more mindful and aware can do wonders for our well-being in all areas of life.
5. Trying Out—Keep Learning New Things. Learning affects our well-being in lots of posi-tive ways. It exposes us to new ideas and helps us stay curious and engaged.
6. Direction—Have Goals To Look Forward To. Feeling good about the future is important for our happiness.
7. Resilience—Find Ways To Bounce Back. All of us have times of stress, loss, failure or trau-ma in our lives. But how we respond to these has a big impact on our well-being.
8. Emotions—Look For What's Good. Positive emotions—like joy, gratitude, contentment, in-spiration, and pride are not just great at the time. Research shows that regularly experienc-ing them creates an 'upward spiral' helping to build our inner resources
9. Acceptance—Be Comfortable With Who You Are. Learning to accept ourselves, and being kinder to ourselves when things go wrong, in-creases our enjoyment of life, our resilience and our well-being. It also helps us accept others as they are.
10. Meaning—Be Part of Something Bigger. People who have meaning and purpose in their lives are happier, feel more in control, and get more out of what they do.
A deeper exploration and discussion of the AFH approach, as well as supporting re-sources, can be found on their website at http://www.ActionForHappiness.org.
By John Caldwell, Peer Support Counselor, Comprehensive Healthcare Walla Walla