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Happiness tips for better life

Wednesday, 16th March, 2016

Garry Halliday with the free ‘Happy’ cupcakes during International Day of Happiness. Garry Halliday with the free ‘Happy’ cupcakes during International Day of Happiness.

International Day of Happiness was celebrated at the hospital yesterday.

The celebration was held in the foyer and featured a number of activities aimed at highlighting findings from international research into what people can do to increase their feeling of wellbeing or happiness.

“In the 1990s serious research commenced into the question, ‘what can be done to increase people’s feelings of wellbeing or happiness?’,” said hospital social worker Cathy Morrison.

“The findings of this research now form the basis of much of the mainstream practice of the health system.”

Ms Morrison said it was important to add balance that would benefit your well being and mental health.

It is important to connect, take notice, keep learning, give and be active.

“Those who are able to make these elements part of their lives feel better, live longer and experience higher levels of wellbeing or happiness,” Ms Morrison said.

The Happiness event at the hospital also involved static displays, come and try activities including Tai Chi, line dancing and a laughter group, and ‘pop up’ workshops on aspects of achieving ‘happiness’.

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