Lighting someone else’s candle – International Day of Happiness

I had another post entirely planned for this week and then I read about International Day of Happiness which is on Friday 20 March.

Perhaps spreading happiness feels a bit of a hippy concept and something which won’t really produce any tangible results. I’d turn that on its head and ask us to consider what our workplaces and our homes are like when the people there are unhappy.

An unhappy workplace is a miserable place to be. The days drag, employees are unfulfilled and dissatisfied. An unhappy workplace is an unproductive workplace.

An unhappy home is no fun either. Relationships are fractious, the atmosphere is heavy. An unhappy home doesn’t feel like home at all.

So it seems to me that anything we can do to promote happiness is a good idea.

The Day of Happiness site tells us that a fundamental ingredient of happiness is connectedness. Our virtual world might lead us to think we have 576 ‘friends’, 1214 ‘followers’ and 922 ‘connections’ but if we don’t have anyone to have a coffee with, we can feel isolated in the crowd.

The site urges us to reach out and make one positive connection. What if we did that this Friday? There are some great ideas here.

Apparently Mark Twain said that ‘the best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer someone else up‘ so if you’re having a tough day, why not try to improve someone else’s? On the other hand if you’re brimming over with happiness, why not share that? After all, lighting someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours any less bright.

Lighting someone else's candle won't make yours any less bright

Sharing happiness doesn’t diminish our own

Today’s pebble for you to ponder and, I hope, to act upon: how will you make (at least) one positive connection this week?

Spread a little happiness!


Turning over pebbles is the blog of Thinking Space Coaching. 

If you’d like to take action and create positive change in your work and life, why not email me to see how we could work together?

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