LINCCK Civility • Compassion • Kindness seeks to inspire adults and children to be compassionate to themselves, and make long lasting change improving their mental health and level of happiness for vibrant well-being
The Principles of Science of Happiness and Positive Psychology – SoHaPP – have been receiving acknowledgement lately. In the past the medical community primarily treated the symptoms of mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety and bipolar with therapeutic drugs and programs to cure or suppress those illnesses. This is critical to the patient. Imagine the difference in our world if they had equally focused on healthy habits or practices. The medical community is now directing us on how to get there, and it’s in part the same message! As a component of the recovery process from mental illness, some mental health treatment can be enhanced with the cultivation of three life qualities: a positive outlook, a giving spirit and a healthy brain.
Additionally, these same qualities can create or increase vibrant well-being for those not suffering from such illnesses. We now can take advantage of this principal, and pro-actively make life better for ourselves. There is an important need for treating mental illness with medicine and therapy, and just seeking new life practices alone falls short. Individuals lacking essential necessities, such as food or housing, or facing abusive situations must have their life situations addressed as well. We encourage anyone experiencing symptoms of mental illness to seek services from the medical and mental health community. But that shouldn’t deter others not facing such dire circumstances from reaching higher levels of vibrant well-being by utilizing the same principles and tools.
People think happiness comes from getting a nice house, lots of big toys or a good income. In the short term there is satisfaction in those items, but not for the long term. Most people often end up wanting more to keep themselves happy, creating a cycle of wanting – a better neighborhood, a bigger boat or more money. Searching for happiness outside of ourselves is not the best way to long term success, and we need to reverse the way we think! Happiness can lead to a rewarding job, better health and developing better friendships. Take intentional steps to improve well-being, and those real, desired outcomes could occur.
Generally speaking it’s not your genes or life’s circumstances, but your intentional every day activities which brings you vibrant well-being. Some neurological studies suggest five particular activities, done daily, are especially well suited for fostering happiness and well-being. These might not be the only way to obtain vibrant well-being, but LINCCK believes these are the best.
1. Be more Positive 2. Be more Kind 3. Be more Mindful 4. Be more Active 5. Be more Grateful
COMMUNITY BOOK READ: LINCCK suggests as a community book read The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, or other age appropriate book. The Enumclaw and Buckley Libraries will be having a number of resources relating to SoHaPP. Seek a variety of ways to explore this new ‘Science of Happiness’ and encourage the practice of ‘Positive Psychology’.
Awaken a new perspective on how great life can be with the intentional pursuit of life strategies. Enjoy great mental health, happiness and vibrant well-being!