Happy Monday

It was Monday.

In the morning I shared a video in which I explain how happiness is a choice. My argument, such as it is, is that we often find ourselves deferring happiness until a later date or waiting until a future condition has been met before allowing ourselves to be happy.  In other words, we often view happiness as being conditional: if this, then that.

I originally posted it on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Here it is:

I used think that happiness was conditional and I completely understand how easy it is to think in such ways. It’s easy because that’s how we spend our time when we ‘grow up’, we learn that happiness is something that is dependent on the outside world.

Children and babies don’t understand this.  They live their lives with the aim of being happy.  Once their basic needs are met, babies and children are happy, or at least they make happiness their aim, their goal, their reason for being.  It’s anecdotal yes, but I’ve never seen a miserable or unhappy baby if they have their basic needs met and are otherwise well.  Yes, they tantrum for inexplicable reasons, but their default position seems to be one of happiness.  We somehow learn to grow out of happiness.

I get a mention in a tweet on the back of posting the video. It’s a position that I’ve seen before, namely, it’s not always simple to make the choice to be happy.

 

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And in a sense the tweet is correct, it isn’t always simple.  Life isn’t.  Life is difficult.  Life can be unbearably cruel.  Perhaps this is most evident in the fact that some people simply can’t make the choice because of mental illness or incapacitation.  If you are clinically depressed for example, you can’t make the choice to be happy any more than you can make the choice to stop being sick when you have food poisoning.  But that was not the point of the video. The point of it was to address the more commonplace form of miserableness which is the endless deferral of happiness to a later point in time.  And I still maintain that this is something that we can guard against in our own lives.

You can find out more about my own journey towards being slightly happier here.

You can find details of my happiness podcast, The Happy Teacher Podcast here.

You can find details of how I can help you to be happier here.

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I didn’t choose the Happy Monday life…

In each episode of ‘The Happy Teacher Podcast’ we explore the literature and the psychology of happiness. Together we learn some practical strategies to help us to #BeHappier.

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Hide and seek gets serious

Hide and seek in the park with my children reminds me about the importance of prioritising happiness over anything else.

Together we can all #BeHappier
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In each episode of ‘The Happy Teacher Podcast’ we explore the literature and the psychology of happiness. Together we learn some practical strategies to help us to #BeHappier.

LISTEN to The Happy Teacher Podcast here – https://goo.gl/sKEcu6
SUBSCRIBE on Apple Podcasts here – https://goo.gl/HfgLNT
SUBSCRIBE on SoundCloud here – https://goo.gl/8fz8mq
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VLOG #1

VLOG #1 – Get Outside

It’s simple: to #BeHappier get outside, get moving. Being active is a proven way of lifting your mood. It’s not always easy though when it’s Friday and you’re feeling tired…

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In each episode of ‘The Happy Teacher Podcast’ we explore the literature and the psychology of happiness. Together we learn some practical strategies to help us to #BeHappier.

LISTEN to The Happy Teacher Podcast here – https://goo.gl/sKEcu6
SUBSCRIBE on Apple Podcasts here – https://goo.gl/HfgLNT
SUBSCRIBE on SoundCloud here – https://goo.gl/8fz8mq
SUBSCRIBE on Stitcher here – https://goo.gl/ygvBdW

 

Dog Happy

Our lives are busy, and unless we take the time to evaluate what is important, they can become busier with each passing year.  When this happens we sometimes make the mistake of thinking that we’ll be happier at a given (and arbitrary) point in the future.  This futile thinking really is one of the easiest ways to sabotage our chances of being happy in the moment.

It is to this thought that I turn my attention in episode one of  The Happy Teacher Podcast.

I say, let’s keep it simple.  Let’s try and be dog-happy.

Together we can all #BeHappier
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In each episode of ‘The Happy Teacher Podcast’ we explore the literature and the psychology of happiness. Together we learn some practical strategies to help us to #BeHappier.

LISTEN to The Happy Teacher Podcast here – https://goo.gl/sKEcu6
SUBSCRIBE on Apple Podcasts here – https://goo.gl/HfgLNT
SUBSCRIBE on SoundCloud here – https://goo.gl/8fz8mq
SUBSCRIBE on Stitcher here – https://goo.gl/ygvBdW

 

The Happy Teacher Podcast 

Episode one out Saturday 1 October 2016

#BeHappier