ACCORDING TO A recent UK study, we are increasingly miserable because we do not give enough to others, have lost the art of connecting with those around us, and no longer possess a sense of belonging in society.
Experts have warned that if society does not embrace a “radical cultural change” that despair will take over many people’s lives – leading to a continuing spiral of negative emotions and experiences, the Telegraph reports.
Doing things for other people: “Giving also connects us to others, creating stronger communities and helping to build a happier society for everyone. And it’s not all about money – we can also give our time, ideas and energy.”
Connecting with others: “People with strong and broad social relationships are happier, healthier and live longer. Close relationships with family and friends provide love, meaning, support and increase our feelings of self worth.”
Taking 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. It instantly improves our mood and can even lift us out of a depression.”
Noticing the world around you: “Ever felt there must be more to life? Well good news, there is! And it’s right here in front
of us. We just need to stop and take notice.”
5. Trying out
Always learning new things: “There are many ways to learn new things – not just through formal qualifications. We can share a skill with friends, join a club, learn to sing, play a new sport and so much more.”
Having goals to look forward to: “Choosing ambitious but realistic goals gives our lives direction and brings a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when we achieve them.”
Finding ways to bounce back: “All of us have times of stress, loss, failure or trauma in our lives. But how we respond to
these has a big impact on our well-being. We often cannot choose what happens to us, but in principle we can choose our own attitude to what happens.”
Taking a positive approach: “Positive emotions – like joy, gratitude, contentment, inspiration, and pride – are not just
great at the time. Recent research shows that regularly experiencing them creates an ’upward spiral’, helping to build our resources.”
Being comfortable with who you are: “Learning to accept ourselves, warts and all, and being kinder to ourselves when things go wrong, increases our enjoyment of life, our resilience and our well-being. It also helps us accept others as they are.”
Becoming part of something bigger: “Where do we find ‘meaning and purpose’? It might be our religious faith, being a parent or doing a job that makes a difference. The answers vary for each of us but they all involve being connected to something bigger than ourselves.”