Ask Yourself What Makes You Truly Happy – Then Do It More!

Nicola Forshaw is the owner of Mindfit, a health & wellbeing practice based in Liverpool city centre. Nicola is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, a member of the British Institute of Hypnotherapy and an accredited Mindfulness trainer. Nicola has taught Mindfulness to individuals, schools and companies across Liverpool and is passionate about improving wellbeing. Nicola@mind-fit.co.uk
Nicola Forshaw is the owner of Mindfit, a health & wellbeing practice based in Liverpool city centre. Nicola is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, a member of the British Institute of Hypnotherapy and an accredited Mindfulness trainer. Nicola has taught Mindfulness to individuals, schools and companies across Liverpool and is passionate about improving wellbeing.
Nicola@mind-fit.co.uk
WHAT is happiness? The working definition of happiness is “a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy” but happiness means different things to different people. Many of us think that we will become happy if we work hard, earn more money and become successful but recent research out of Harvard suggests that the reverse is true. We don’t actually become happier the more successful we become because success is fleeting, it is a constantly moving target and we can get ourselves stuck in the striving mode, this unconscious drive can cause us stress and disappointment as we never become quite satisfied with our levels of success. From a personal point of view, I was at my unhappiest point in my life at a time when I earned the most money, so this makes a lot of sense to me. However, the good news is that happiness is an advantage, when we become happier in our day to day live we are more likely to be successful. It’s our internal world that creates and determines our external world. Paul Dolan, author of Happiness by Design and professor of behavioural science at the London School of Economics, said patterns of unhappiness can be broken by taking care to enjoy the little things in life. Paul says “It’s all about actually changing what you do to do more of the things you like – listen to music, go outdoors, meeting friends and new people. If everybody did that every day we’d be a lot happier. “When you’re young you have all this false optimism about life; when you are in midlife most people haven’t achieved what they would like to, and then by the time you’re in your late 50s you start to get over yourself and start doing the things that you enjoy and caring less about social comparisons.” So the most important question we need to do is ask ourselves is “What truly makes me happy?” Then make a concerted effort to make time to do more of that. Some people are naturally happy and most of us, including me, have to work at it. But the great thing is happiness is a choice, and we can choose to be happy right now and the best thing is when we choose happiness it has a ripple effect on people around us. Can you can be happy right now? Go on, give it a try!  Noticing Beauty In Life We decided to go out into Liverpool City centre and ask people “What makes you happy?”
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Zoe
We got some lovely responses from people we would like to share with you… Zoe Lawrence, 20, Student, Liverpool City Centre:  “Learning about Psychology makes me happy, because I feel the more I learn the more I gain personal development, and come closer to being the best version of myself” Nihad Mahama, Fairfield Liverpool: “The things that make happiest are
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Nihad
being with the people I value and care about the most. I am also happiest when I can make an impact on someone’s life. It adds meaning to my life”
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Kofi
Kofi Owoo, Wavertree Liverpool: “The smaller things in life is what makes me happy, spending time with family and friends. Being able to do activities such as sport and music, because it helps me get away from everyday stresses” Dr Paul Lattimore, Wirral, Liverpool: “What makes me happy is noticing
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Dr Paul
the beauty in life, but especially being with the ones I love. It brings me great joy”
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Dr Simon
Dr Simon Cooper, “Merseyside: I like being outdoors in the countryside because its quiet, and being with family, because I love them.  Wirral, Merseyside”   Dogs In The Workplace Increase Happiness 13 million of us in the UK have dogs, that’s 46% of households, but how many of us take our dogs to work? The answer is very few. Researchers from several University’s claim that bringing your dog to works reduces stress and increases morale. Researchers at Central Michigan University say bringing your dog to work not only reduces stress levels, but can also increase job satisfaction and encourage collaboration amongst employees, the perception of the company is also improved. A study by Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business also backs this up, a sample of 76 employees were studied, some brought their dogs to work, some didn’t, and some didn’t own dogs. The study found that while everyone started the day with low baseline levels of the stress hormone cortisol, those who didn’t bring their dogs to work reported drastically higher levels of stress by the end of the working day. Those who had their dogs with them had low levels of stress throughout the day, and about half of that group felt that dogs were important to their productivity. Of the two groups without dogs, 80% felt that the dogs in the workplace had no negative effect on productivity.
Working like a dog - employers are realising that happy workers are better workers
Working like a dog – employers are realising that happy workers are better workers
Frances Molloy, chief executive of Liverpool-based Health@Work, says her team is investigating the benefits of allowing people to bring their dogs to work. Frances says “Allowing dogs at work can be beneficial to a company’s bottom line. Benefits of dogs in the workplace include increased morale and productivity, happier employees, lower absenteeism rates and even improved relationships. There is a national “Bring your Dog to Work Day” this year on June 24th. It would be great to see Liverpool businesses get involved.” Bring Your Dog To Work Day is an annual nationwide event that raises money for charities dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of dogs. On June 24, businesses from across the UK will welcome their dog loving employees into the workplace, along with their loyal four-legged companions, all in the name of charity. So if you are wondering how to improve morale, encourage collaboration and limit stress in your workplace — without spending too much money — maybe you should consider getting an office dog. To find out how to participate visit https://bringyourdogtoworkday.co.uk