HAPPINESS-WELLBEING ACRONYM – 'SMALL ROCK MEN FC!'
Adapted from Lord Richard Layard, the economist, William James (Habit), Maslow (Self-Actualisation), Csikszentmihalyi (Flow), and Seligman (PERMA, founder of positive psychology in 1998), and others, there are broadly TWENTY ESSENTIAL ASPECTS to personal wellbeing/happiness (in LARGE CAPITALS)
SUPPORT: MUSIC, ART, LAUGHTER, LONGEVITY…
R – RELATIONSHIPS – Keep in good repair. Be RESILIENT
O – OTHERS – Think of doing things for others, not yourself
C – COUNT your blessings. Everyday count three things that
you've done that are worthwhile (before going to
K – 'KNOW thyself: to find yourself, think for yourself' (Socrates). Find what your really LOVE doing – don't stop until you have (Steve Jobs) - somethingWORTHWHILE
M – MEANING, Values & GOALSMatter. Most crucially it's yourATTITUDE that matters: nothing more – nothing less.
E – EXERCISE. Regularly exercise, thirty minutes a day, and you'll feel a lot better for it
N – NEW. Do something new everyday –an anti-habit trains the will (James) - something that is RISKY too!
F –FLOW. Be completely committed and focussed on what you're doing – whatever it is, get into the ZONE (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi [pronounced 'MEE-hy CHEEK-sent-ma-HY-ee]). And FINISHthings. There is nothing more satisfying than actually finishing things – preferably before time.
C – CONTROL. People are more successful, and live longer, when they feel they are in control of their lives (Marmot).