Happiness Habits are simple practices which have been scientifically proven to grow your happiness, resilience & well-being. With around 40% of your happiness under your direct control, there is a lot you can do to influence your well-being. It’s a case of putting in practice, because as one leading positive psychologist said “Happiness is NOT a spectator sport”.
The Happiness Habits make these practices easily accessible in fun, interactive sessions, with a mix of activities, conversations, creativity and reflection. It is the repetition of the habits that develops the neural pathways, which will raise the bar on your well-being.These habits develop a sustainable happiness so that you are more able to cope with stress, more resilient to anxiety and depression and equipped to bounce back from life’s tough times. The habits reap rewards for others too as happiness is contagious to up to 3 degrees of separation. So if you learn the habits you’ll be able to spread the joy.
The Happiness Habits is a programme suitable for workplace well-being and often runs as a Wellness Wednesday course at lunchtime or after hours. The 8 habits can be delivered in weekly sessions or as a half-day, 1- or 2-day courses.
“The benefit that we’ve been deriving from our sessions has been priceless! Thank you so much for all the effort you go to. I would be happy to come the next time you run this. Compared to one-on-one therapy which costs a fortune this is far more engaging and useful in my opinion as you feel an equal participant rather than a client /victim. Keep up the fantastic work.”
1. Getting the Happiness Habit. This session introduces the science of happiness. Habit 1 is savouring positive experiences. Squeezing maximum joy out of life’s good times.
2. The Attitude of Gratitude. How positive emotions not only feel good but also do us good. Habit 2 is practising gratitude – the art of appreciation – to train the mind to notice and focus on what’s right in life. Gratitude is a ‘meta-strategy for happiness’ according to psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky.
3. From Strength to Strength. How you are when you’re at your best, playing to your strengths and realising your potential. This session explores the positive self – talents and positive characteristics and celebrates our strengths as communities. Habit 3 is using your strengths.
4. Meaning & Purpose. Diving into the deeper sense of meaning. Habit 4 is about finding meaning in the everyday and living life with purpose.
“At first I didn’t want to action my ‘life purpose’ statement and put it aside, however what came to me was ‘running writing groups for adults to support well being’. So I tested the water with my friends and am starting in two weeks! I am really happy about that.”
5. Positive Relationships -You, Me & We. The happiest people have close personal relationships and active social lives. Habit 5 is nurturing relationships.
7. Resilience. From surviving to thriving – tools and ideas on how to bounce forward after adversity and cope better with the tough times in life. Habit 7 is building resilience.
8. Positive Directions. The role of goals and motivation to give us a sense of progress and satisfaction with life. Habit 8 is to set positive goals.
“An excellent time, really valuable. I was surprised and delighted at how accessible the course was to different people and how positive everyone was.”
Book the Happiness Habits for your organisation or we can design a version for you. Alternatively sign up for some one-to-one coaching in the habits of happiness.
Positive Psychology Training ran a community version of the Happiness Habits in association with the Happy City Initiative, which was endorsed by the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Action for Happiness. If you’re interested in professional training to help others develop the habit of happiness, then one of the open courses is for you. Either the 2-day Positive Psychology Masterclass or the online Positive Psychology Foundations.
“The course is really helpful for being able to recognise how to be happy for yourself and family and everyone who comes into contact with you. I loved it!”
“I would say that when you learn these things, you can leave the negative behind and be positive about life and the future.”
“I attended this workshop with an open mind and vague expectations, but I must report that the content and structure has really opened up whole new areas of insight and possibility for me. I am an experienced counsellor, group facilitator and teacher, and yet I learned more on this day than most of my training put together! The insights provided by the 8 Happiness Habits that we explored are revolutionary to those of us trained in other modes, and Miriam’s way of introducing these to the group was skilful, well-organised, concise and yet deep. Although intensive, the many exercises, discussions and background ideas were mixed in such a way that the group was enlivened, stimulated and engaged by the day. Miriam is an excellent trainer, and I look forward to learning more from her in the future. Her personable, objective, clear and open style of relating provided the ideal model for participants’ own hopes of substantial and positive change. I would highly recommend the Happiness Habits One Day intensive.” Rob Henley, Bristol.
Hear Miriam talk about the Happiness Habits below.