They say that happiness is contagious. Our happiness influences the people we know and the people they know.
Research shows that the happiness of a close contact increases the chance of being happy by 15%. The happiness of a 2nd-degree contact (e.g. friend’s spouse) increases it by 10% and the happiness of a 3rd-degree contact (e.g. friend of a friend of a friend) by 6%.
Action for Happiness is a movement for positive social change. Bringing together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone.
They say that ‘For fifty years we’ve aimed relentlessly at higher incomes. But despite being much wealthier, we’re no happier than we were five decades ago. At the same time we’ve seen an increase in wider social issues, including a worrying rise in anxiety and depression in young people. It’s time for a positive change in what we mean by progress’.
We can all do with a ‘lift’ now and then, especially if are having a tough time with our pain or illness. Their website has some free downloadable posters about happiness and other inspirational material. Go to their website ‘Action for Happiness’,