Happiness Workshops

Yesterday morning, I woke up bright and early and travelled to Covent Garden to attend a happiness workshop at Kikki K.

The workshop had six participants. At the start we were given refreshments and then our Happiness journals. The questions in these are broadly based around the concepts of happiness outlined in the book ‘The Happiness Project’ by Gretchen Rubin.

We spent the session looking at the different sections of our happiness journals and how we could fill them in so that we effectively maximise our short and long term happiness. Every month you focus on a different area of happiness, from your physical surroundings to your relationships and career.

From the workshop I learnt that the main ways we can become happier include:

Focusing on the small things that make us happy on a day to day basis, such as a cup of tea, fresh flowers or a bubble bath;

Expressing gratitude for all the positives in our lives, such as good health, a job we enjoy, sunshine, or living in a society free from fear and oppression;

Writing a reverse bucket list outlining every good thing you’ve achieved so far and what you ought to be thankful for;

Considering what makes you unhappy and what triggers it. I am more unhappy when I’m tired and dehydrated, so getting more sleep and drinking water can only be a good thing;

Avoiding social media and unfairly comparing ourselves to others;

Planning time into your weekly diary for ‘happiness slots’, where you do things that make you happy, such as watching your favourite TV programme, buying yourself some flowers, or going to a fitness class.

I found the session a wonderful way to reflect on happiness. I will use the journal and will be putting the pursuit of happiness at the forefront of my daily schedule – I’ll let you know how it goes!

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