…a state of mind?
Typical answers you’ll receive if you ask someone, or possibly there will be more personal ones…
…hot chocolate on a rainy day?
…spending time with family?
…a good book?
For me it’s far simpler than that. We have 5 basic human needs – physiological, safety, love & belonging, esteem and self-actualisation. To me happiness is the 6th basic human need, but more than that it is a human right. We all deserve to be happy. Without happiness in our lives we can suffer illness and depression.
Yet sometimes finding happiness can be a hard task. And sometimes it seems like an inappropriate feeling to have. Take our current situation for example. Many find it hard to show happiness right now for fear of what others might be going through. Or are perhaps unable to feel happy because of what they are going through.
Emily Coxhead had these exact same worries when she started The Happy Newspaper in 2015. Fed up with the negativity she felt watching the news or scrolling social media she decided to put out a newspaper focussed on nothing but good news. Well, turns out she wasn’t alone. The newspaper was a massive success with an unexpectedly huge demand for a 2nd edition…and a 3rd…and it kept going until today, 5 years later and 30-something countries subscribing.
Throughout the paper’s history Emily has had similar situations to now. Tragedy and upset surrounds us all and she was unsure whether to publish; how can you promote happiness when there’s so many people experiencing something terrible? But The Happy Newspaper – and happiness itself – is not about toxic positivity. It’s not about being happy at the expense of everything else. It’s about recognising the bad, and then seeking the good, a little something that can bring a smile (even if it is just for a little while).
We all need a little happiness in our lives. What are you doing that brings you happiness? What are you doing that brings happiness to someone else? We’d love to know.
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