How can happiness be the key to your wellbeing?

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Did you know happiness is contagious?

In fact, happiness of a close contact increases the chance of being happy by 15%. #InternationalDayofHappiness serves the purpose of helping people to learn practical ways to improve their wellbeing and make others around them happier too. The key message being, if you want to feel good, do good by helping others.

This day is coordinated by Action for Happiness who are a non-profit movement of people from 160 countries, and are supported by a partnership of like-minded organisations.

In 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which recognised happiness to be a “fundamental human goal” to be given greater priority.

Our happiness is not set in stone, although our genes and upbringing influences about 50% of the variation in our personal happiness, our circumstances e.g. income and environment affect only about 10%. As much as 40% is accounted for by our daily activities and the conscious choices we make – which means that our actions really can make a difference.

So what can you do to develop your wellbeing and lead a happier life? Find out what the Ten Keys to happier living are.

Promoting happiness and wellbeing by taking practical actions in your daily life is simple, whether this is for yourself by incorporating these ideas into your daily routine or at your workplace by getting together with colleagues to identify practical changes to create a happier working environment.

Wellbeing is a general condition of an individual, including their social, economic, psychological, spiritual or even medical state.

View BWC's guides and tools for more information on how to achieve personal wellbeing and gain an insight into where your resilience comes from and how you can develop it.

BWC is entirely independent of banks and all support is provided in confidence. For more information, visit the website, or call the helpline on 0800 0234 834.

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