Happiness Hacks…and by happiness hacks I mean shortcut workarounds to achieve happiness, not those people who are particularly bad at happiness!  We all know THOSE guys…

Ok, so now that’s clear, with the kind support of one of our awesome wellness partners here at mwah. – Energx  graciously provided the opportunity for mwah. to attend (drum roll please…….) The 2019 Wellness show – Happiness & it’s causes in beautiful Sydney. I’m reliably told it’s the world’s largest conference on Happiness & Wellbeing!  So, surely I would find the answer here to that which sometimes ails me, and many others. Lucky you, because I’m giving you the Reader’s Digest version and saving you a couple of thousand bucks in the process.

Importantly the conference also featured workplace wellness.

It’s a super important topic which I’ll address in a later blog, but suffice to say, there was a recent comprehensive study undertaken by mwah and the Curtin University on happy workers which dispels plenty of myths on this front and is well worth the read. Also check out our Wellbeing in the Workplace Webinar & Our Process for Wellbeing.

Now back to the Conference and The Hacks.

The Happiness & It’s Causes conference included a collection of presenters from all around the globe providing expert opinion and suggestions (at one end of the spectrum) from spending quality time relaxing in a garden to the more extreme and complex of understanding the role your Telomeres and Mitochondria play along the gazillions of bacteria you (and I) have in our human microbiome (aka the gut) and whether we are the masters of these bugs or merely the hosts for them as the true apex organisms on planet earth.

Ok, so here’s the rub and… surprise surprise, the quantum of themes running through the entire conference were:

Sleep

Super important. Get plenty of quality sleep, listen to your tired body and show some discipline around going to bed and getting up.  Sleep is when your body repairs and renews.  It’s the human equivalent to rebooting your computer with the on/off switch.

Relax

Chill people… learn how to do it.  Breathing deeply and slowly helps, meditate if you know how, and if not google it! Try closing your eyes and scanning your body, slowly… I mean really slowly starting from each of your toes and work your way up relaxing each body part at a time. Respect this process and you’ll get a fab result.  Definitely try giving yourself a time out too.

Friends & family

Find time to be with people who are good for you, whether it’s just a chat, to sit in silence or have a laugh.  Remember relationships sometimes need work, so make sure you play your part in the feel good experience.

Laugh

I mean really laugh.  Hunt down your sense of humour, whether it’s a show on the telly, seeing live stand up or watching ‘fail’ YouTube videos of precocious skater dudes trying to impress their friends. Find your groove and apply it regularly.

Daylight

In Oz we have plenty of daylight, even on the winter solstice Sydney has 10 hours.  So, get an hour of daylight each day…. there’s really no excuse.

Positivity, mindfulness & gratefulness

Do yourself a favour: every morning as you wake up think of something you’re really grateful for, take a minute and totally immerse yourself in that moment.  I guarantee you’ll start your day well.  Don’t get bogged down in crap, focus on the up, be in the moment, especially for those that you meet.  Strike up a chat with a stranger… you’ll be surprised by the human connection and what it does.

Food

The easy peasy answer here is the Mediterranean diet and occasional fasting. Oh, yeah and don’t stuff your face.  If it’s weight loss you’re after, you’ll need to focus 80% of your efforts on food and 20% on exercise, remember it takes a whole hour to run off a Big Mac, so have some fruit instead.

Exercise

Just ‘get around to’ doing it!  Morning seems to work well and no need to burst yourself, do what works for you.  Walk briskly up to light puffing for 30-45 mins and you’re on your way.  Cycle, bush walk, swim, jazzercise… it’s the movement that’s important.  So just start.

Tech

Ditch it!  Yep, let it go for predetermined times of the day/week.  You’ll sleep better and be glad you did.

So, there you have it. Happiness is within your grasp and importantly, what YOU make of it.

Let me know what works for you, and as with all things in life, it’s different strokes for different folks.

I’m off to get some feel good hormones on YouTube now.

Cheers, Michael

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