Happiness is not passive, it’s about what you do each day. According to psychologists a happy person is likely to be someone who does lots of little actions each day to make a difference to their lives and the lives of others around them.
Researchers say that ‘Doing’ happiness is all about simple things – such as remembering to say thank you, or taking the time help someone else. The key to happiness is remembering to do these little things everyday so that happiness becomes a habit.
With this in mind, the Action For Happiness organisation has come up with a new online programme called Do Happiness which helps you take daily actions to create more happiness for you and others around you.
It’s a personalised programme which lasts for 6 weeks. First you’ll answer some questions about your habits. This will drive your programme of daily Do’s which are described as ‘simple, powerful and proven actions’ to improve your happiness.
So will people actually act upon their Do Happiness reminders? Or will people secretly resent being told what do? A lot still comes down to the individual’s will power and will depend on how much people want to be happy and feel the need for some sort of structured approach in the first place.
Some sort of commitment is needed to make it work, hence a fee of £15 for six week series of reminders. Once you have gone that far, it’s likely that you will take your Do’s seriously and act upon the reminders which are sent by email or text message three or four times a week.
Psychologists Karen Pine and Ben Fletcher are behind the programme and are firm believers that we humans have the ability to re-train their thought patterns and that we can learn positive new habits which will change our lives permanently.
Karen Pine is the author of ‘Love Not Smoking’ which helps people kick the habit by introducing more positive alternative behaviours into their lives. Ben Fletcher is the Founder of Do Something Different, a framework for achieving successful behavior change.