Liz and I attended the Happiness and Its Causes conference last week and I have some observations I want to share.

I’m going to share them in ‘dot-point’ format and will expand on them in future posts.

My advice is to just read through these, and see which ones resonate and then ask yourself why it does? Who does it affect and how? And what will you do about it?

  • Happiness has three forms – the pleasurable life, the good life and the meaningful life (unfortunately, we mostly only hear about the pursuit of the pleasurable/happy life).
  • Well-being is about 3 things according to Ed Diener, one of the founders of positive psychology – health and longevity; good social relationships; happiness on the job.
  • Happiness is not a consequence of success – it is causal (it’s a precursor to success).
  • Good mood people are more altruistic… doing altruism, people feel even more happy.
  • Science shows that in business, when you have people who are high in subjective well-being measures, costs associated with health care, employee turnover go down, and customer loyalty, productivity and employee creativity goes up.
  • Latest Australian stats on Life Satisfaction in Australia show: 5% of people are dissatisfied; 8% neutral; 32% somewhat; 45% very and 9% extremely.
  • 6 keys to keeping love alive in your life – have positive illusions; novelty; stay in touch; regular kissing; regular sex; affectionate comments (5 x daily) NB: 5 x daily is for affectionate comments – not for regular sex
  • “Nothing can be loved at speed” Michael Leunig
  • The paradox of slow – slowing down delivers better results and delivers them faster
  • Best ideas come to us in moments of slow
  • After meditation when we return to ‘fast’ we cope better
  • It’s not about doing things slowly… it’s doing things at the right speed.
  • Health is not just being free from illness
  • A Victorian Health Survey suggests the majority of Australians don’t have enough time for family, sleep or renewal.
  • With increased wealth, we’ve achieved increased rush, and decreased happiness
  • Happiness is not the goal
  • Do you have a fixed mindset or growth mindset (vehemently, vigorously engaged in learning)?
  • With effort and difficulty we grow new neurological connections
  • On a positivity measured scale, high performing teams rate 5.61; medium performing teams rate 1.86; and low performing teams rate 0.36
  • Low performance teams collapse into a non-inquiry mode
  • The most productive outcomes from positivity ratio (number of positive things happening per day compared to negative things) is between 3:1 to 8:1 (anything lower is negativity and anything higher is ‘Pollyanna’)
  • In the UK, 50% of employees have completed staff satisfaction surveys. Of that 50%, 80% report no difference after completing one.
  • Holistic education is the answer – teach the value of inner-value to our children
  • A more happier world will be achieved not through prayer or meditation, but through education (Dali Lama)
  • Increase your capacity to tolerate ‘pain’, difficulty and stressful situations in your life
  • Mindfully live by your values and allow the full range of life’s emotions and feelings
  • Values are neither good or bad – it’s the goals and behaviours that determine outcome.

As I’ve said, more to come in future posts, where I will discuss who said what and more importantly, what it really means and what you can do with the information and strategies to help you live a more happy, flourishing and prosperous life.