Research and programme development show that people have the capability to lower stress levels, improve happiness and be more resilient in the face of challenge and adversity.
They have developed an approach and practical steps to ignite more peace and joy in life. Embodied in a methodology known as Positive Psychology. There are four principles that underpin an approach for more sustainable attitude change for improved mental and physical health.
Harness the happiness flow and zone where you’re completely engaged and absorbed, where time flies happily by and toxic thoughts are disarmed.
Identify and build on your personal happiness-boosting inner strengths and make them even stronger so you feel more energetic and perform better.
Magnify the happiness impact of gratitude.
Discover the powerful gratitude secrets to help you better deal with adversity and build strong relationships with friends and family.
Enhance your ability to recognize and celebrate the simple pleasures in your day as they occur.
The full report can be accessed via https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/positive-psychology-harnessing-the-power-of-happiness-mindfulness-and-inner-strength
The positive payback of being mindful to the ‘things’ that get in the way of contentment focus on elements including how to:
- Increase your focus, alertness and mental relaxation with simple mindfulness techniques.
- Short-circuit the anxiety caused by Facebook envy, Twitter rage and other social media hazards.
- Build deeper and more intimate long-term relationships.
- Employ simple activities that lead to happier, more resilient relationships.
- Let go of resentment, envy and grudges—emotions that hurt you more than they hurt people who may have wronged you.
- Stop beating yourself up when things go wrong—with powerful “self-compassion” techniques.
- Experience the “warm glow” of happiness by re-discovering a universal trait of a life well-lived.
- Develop the resilience to handle difficulties more easily and ‘bounce back’ more rapidly after dramatic or unpleasant events.
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Date Published: August 2023
To be reviewed: August 2026