The UN International Day of Happiness is March 20th. To coincide we are launching the World’s Boldest Ever Happiness Experiment on Guernsey. This experiment is supported by Action for Happiness, whose patron is the Dalai Lama. Our vision is a happier Guernsey, with fewer people suffering with mental health problems and more people feeling good, functioning well and helping others. Can we take action to be happy and stay that way?
Why is happiness important?
Science also shows that if we're happier we're also more likely to:
1 be physically healthy
2 learn more
3 do better at work
4 help others and contribute to our community
How do I take part?
We need volunteers to take part in a 10 day experiment starting on the 28th of March. As part of the experiment, you’ll first create a profile about yourself so that others can learn about you and build a sense of community among participants. Then, you’ll log onto to the technology platform provided by Plasticity and do one positive action every day for 10 days. These actions will get you out in the community doing good and feeling happier! These activities will vary in the time they to take do, but, on average, you’ll spend about 10-15 minutes a day.
Along the way, you’ll be asked questions and to reflect on your experiences so that researchers can explore the benefits this program has for participants, and for Guernsey as a whole. We’ll ask you to fill out a survey on day 1 and another follow-up on day 11.These surveys should take no more than 10 minutes. We’ll also follow-up with you in 1, 3 and 6 months with another quick survey so we can determine are long-lasting effects of the program.
Don't forget that for participating, you'll have four chances to win flight tickets on Blue Islands! We'll also have additional draws for the 1, 3 and 6 month follow-ups.
Volunteer to ‘Take Part in the World’s Boldest Ever Happiness Experiment’
Be happier now! Click here to take part in a 10 day happiness experiment beginning on 28th March 2016
Please sign up to The Dandelion Project e-mail list to hear about the results and about any future experiments. We will also provide information on how this happiness project is going to be expanded on island and around the world in future.
Survey supported by Plasticity Labs
The idea is to get involved any way you can. There are a huge range of interests and skills in the Guernsey community. We want to be able to publish details of
events/volunteering opportunities/classes/walks etc that you wish to offer to others so they can try new activities and get engaged with the community.
Our vision is a happier Guernsey, with fewer people suffering from mental health problems and more people feeling good, functioning well and helping others. Can we take action to be happy and stay that way?
Backed by scientific research - these are 10 areas we can take action in that studies show can boost our happiness (and help us deal with tough times).
The 10 Keys are a menu not a prescription so why not give them a try? Reflect on what do you do already that contributes to feeling good? Think about what else you could try. Why not take part in our 10 keys in 10 days Happiness experiment.
The acronym 'GREAT DREAM’ - is an easy way to remember the keys!
Giving - Do things for others Caring about others is fundamental to our happiness. Helping other people is not only good for them; it’s good for us too. It makes us happier and can help to improve our health. Giving also creates stronger connections between people and helps to build a happier society for everyone. It’s not all about money - we can also give our time, ideas and energy. So if you want to feel good, do good.
Relating - Connect with people Our relationships with other people are the most important thing for our happiness. People with strong relationships are happier, healthier and live longer. Our close relationships with family and friends provide love, meaning, support and increase our feelings of self-worth. Our broader social networks bring a sense of belonging. So it’s vital that we take action to strengthen our relationships and make new connections. Action ideas.
Exercising - Take care of your body Our body and mind are connected. Being active makes us happier as well as healthier. It instantly improves our mood and can even lift us out of depression. We don’t all have to run marathons - there are simple things we can do to be more active each day. We can also boost our wellbeing by spending time outdoors, eating healthily, unplugging from technology and getting enough sleep.
Awareness – Live life mindfully Have you ever felt there must be more to life? Good news – there is. And it’s right here in front of us. We just need to stop and take notice. Learning to be more mindful and aware of the present moment rather than getting lost in thoughts about what’s just happened or what we need to do next, does wonders for our wellbeing. We can be mindful on our walk to work, in the way we eat or in our relationships. It helps us get in tune with our feelings and stops us dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.
Trying out - Keep learning new things Learning is for life not just for school. It doesn’t need to mean textbooks either but trying new experiences, taking up a new hobby or getting deeper into an existing one. Learning and trying new thing helps us stay curious and engaged. It also gives us a sense of accomplishment and so can help boost our self-confidence and resilience. There are many ways to learn new things throughout our lives, not just through formal qualifications. We can share a skill with friends, join a club, learn to sing, play a new sport and so much more.
Direction - Have goals to look forward to Feeling good about the future is really important for our happiness. We all need goals to motivate us and these have to be challenging enough to excite us, but also achievable. If we try to attempt the impossible, this creates unnecessary stress. Choosing meaningful but realistic goals gives our lives direction and brings a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when we achieve them.
Resilience - Find ways to bounce back All of us have times of stress, loss, failure or trauma in our lives. How we respond to these events has a big impact on our wellbeing. We often cannot choose what happens to us, but we can choose how we react to what happens. In practice it’s not always easy, but one of the most exciting findings from recent research is that resilience, like many other life skills, can be learned.
Emotions – Look for what’s good Pleasant emotions – like joy, gratitude, contentment, inspiration and pride – don’t just feel good when we experience them. They also help us perform better, broaden our perception, increase our resilience and improve our physical health. So although we need to be realistic about life’s ups and downs, it helps to focus on the good aspects of any situation – the glass half full rather than the glass half empty.
Acceptance - Be comfortable with who you are Nobody’s perfect. But so often we compare a negative view of ourselves with an unrealistic view of other people. Dwelling on our flaws – what we’re not rather than what we’ve got – makes it much harder to be happy. Learning to accept ourselves, warts and all, and being kinder to ourselves when things go wrong increases our enjoyment of life, our resilience and our wellbeing. It also helps us accept others as they are.
Meaning - Be part of something bigger People who have meaning and purpose in their lives are happier, feel more in control and get more out of what they do. They also experience less stress, anxiety and depression. But where do we find meaning and purpose? It might come from doing a job that makes a difference, our religious or spiritual beliefs, or our family. The answers vary for each of us but they all involve being connected to something bigger than ourselves.
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Plasticity Labs is a technology startup that combines neuroplasticity and psychological sciences to increase individual emotional intelligence and happiness. On a mission to provide 1 billion people with the tools to live a happier and higher performing life, Plasticity is the first and only platform to bring together social collaboration, measurement, analytics and training technology inside one app. Plasticity Labs is also deeply committed to research. They work with highly respected scientist advisors from institutions like Harvard, Stanford and UCLA while hosting a core team of post doctoral fellows from Wilfrid Laurier University. This core team of scientists analyze the data and deliver reports back to enterprise clients as well as head up research projects like the one in collaboration with Action for Happiness. Plasticity works within school boards, government, the private, public and non profit sector, analyzing how happiness shapes education, economics, infrastructure and policy building.
By signing up you will receive a link to take part in a survey which will happen on the first and last days of the experiment, and then at 1 month, 3 month and 6 month intervals. Each day you will prompted to tell us about your happiness actions and how you feel. That’s it! Ten days Ten actions.