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10 tips for happier living – Cavendish Conference Venues

January 28, 2012

Having survived the rigours of the world’s largest advertising network hosted in London’s best conference venue we moved seamlessly to London’s happiest conference venue. Following a rigorous assessment process, intensive psychometric tests we passed, and were happy to host the event.

See below for some top tips on becoming happier:

GREAT DREAM
Ten keys to happier living
Action for Happiness has developed the 10 Keys to Happier Living based on a review of thelatest scientific research relating to happiness.
Everyone’s path to happiness is different, but the research suggests these Ten Keysconsistently tend to have a positive impact on people’s overall happiness and well-being. Thefirst five (GREAT) relate to how we interact with the outside world in our daily activities*.

The second five (DREAM) come more from inside us and depend on our attitude to life.

GIVINGRELATINGE XERCISING

A PPRECIATING

T RYING OUT

DIRECTIONRESILIENCEE MOTION

ACCEPTANCE

MEANING

Do things for others
Connect with people
Take care of your body
Notice the world around
Keep learning new things
Have goals to look forward to
Find ways to bounce back
Take a positive approach
Be comfortable with who you are
Be part of something bigger
* The first five keys are based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing developed by
nef as part of the UK Government’s Foresight Project on Mental Capital.

 

Ten keys to happier living
The Ten Keys are explained in more detail below. Each has a related question to help us think abouthow our activities and attitudes affect our well-being and the well-being of the others around us.
GIVING
Do things for others
Caring about others is fundamental to our happiness. Helping other people is not onlygood for them and a great thing to do, it also makes us happier and healthier too. Givingalso creates stronger connections between people and helps to build a happier society for

everyone. And it’s not all about money – we can also give our time, ideas and energy.

So if you want to feel good, do good!

Q: What do you do to help others?
RELATING
Connect with people
Relationships are the most important overall contributor to happiness. People withstrong and broad social relationships are happier, healthier and live longer. Closerelationships with family and friends provide love, meaning, support and increase our

feelings of self worth. Broader networks bring a sense of belonging. So taking action to

strengthen our relationships and create new connections is essential for happiness.

Q: Who matters most to you?
E XERCISING
Take care of your body
Our body and our mind are connected. Being active makes us happier as well as beinggood for our physical health. It instantly improves our mood and can even lift us out of adepression. We don’t all need to run marathons – there are simple things we can all do to

be more active each day. We can also boost our well-being by unplugging from

technology, getting outside and making sure we get enough sleep!

Q: How do you stay active and healthy?
A PPRECIATING
Notice the world around
Ever felt there must be more to life? Well good news, there is! And it’s right here in frontof us. We just need to stop and take notice. Learning to be more mindful and aware cando wonders for our well-being in all areas of life – like our walk to work, the way we eat

or our relationships. It helps us get in tune with our feelings and stops us dwelling on the

past or worrying about the future – so we get more out of the day-to-day.

Q: When do you stop and take notice?
T RYING OUT
Keep learning new things
Learning affects our well-being in lots of positive ways. It exposes us to new ideas andhelps us stay curious and engaged. It also gives us a sense of accomplishment and helpsboost our self-confidence and resilience. There are many ways to learn new things – not

just through formal qualifications. We can share a skill with friends, join a club, learn to

sing, play a new sport and so much more.

Q: What new things have you tried recently?

 

DIRECTION
Have goals to look forward to
Feeling good about the future is important for our happiness. We all need goals tomotivate us and these need to be challenging enough to excite us, but also achievable. Ifwe try to attempt the impossible this brings unnecessary stress. Choosing ambitious but

realistic goals gives our lives direction and brings a sense of accomplishment and

satisfaction when we achieve them.

Q: What are your most important goals?
RESILIENCE
Find ways to bounce back
All of us have times of stress, loss, failure or trauma in our lives. But how we respond tothese has a big impact on our well-being. We often cannot choose what happens to us,but we can choose our own attitude to what happens. In practice it’s not always easy, but

one of the most exciting findings from recent research is that resilience, like many other

life skills, can be learned.

Q: How do you bounce back in tough times?
E MOTION
Take a positive approach
Positive emotions – like joy, gratitude, contentment, inspiration, and pride – are not justgreat at the time. Recent research shows that regularly experiencing them creates an’upward spiral’, helping to build our resources. So although we need to be realistic about

life’s ups and downs, it helps to focus on the good aspects of any situation – the glass

half full rather than the glass half empty.

Q: What are you feeling good about?
ACCEPTANCE
Q: What is the real you like?
Be comfortable with who you are
No-one’s perfect. But so often we compare our insides to other people’s outsides.Dwelling on our flaws – what we’re not rather than what we’ve got – makes it muchharder to be happy. Learning to accept ourselves, warts and all, and being kinder to

ourselves when things go wrong, increases our enjoyment of life, our resilience and our

well-being. It also helps us accept others as they are.

MEANING
Be part of something bigger
People who have meaning and purpose in their lives are happier, feel more in controland get more out of what they do. They also experience less stress, anxiety anddepression. But where do we find ‘meaning and purpose’? It might be our religious faith,

being a parent or doing a job that makes a difference. The answers vary for each of us

but they all involve being connected to something bigger than ourselves.

Q: What gives your life meaning? 

GREAT DREAM 

Ten keys to happier living 

Action for Happiness has developed the 10 Keys to Happier Living based on a review of the 

latest scientific research relating to happiness. 

Everyone’s path to happiness is different, but the research suggests these Ten Keys 

consistently tend to have a positive impact on people’s overall happiness and well-being. The 

first five (GREAT) relate to how we interact with the outside world in our daily activities*. 

The second five (DREAM) come more from inside us and depend on our attitude to life. 

GIVING 

RELATING 

E XERCISING 

A PPRECIATING 

T RYING OUT 

DIRECTION 

RESILIENCE 

E MOTION 

ACCEPTANCE 

MEANING

Do things for others

Connect with people

Take care of your body

Notice the world around

Keep learning new things

Have goals to look forward to

Find ways to bounce back

Take a positive approach

Be comfortable with who you are

Be part of something bigger

* The first five keys are based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing developed by

nef as part of the UK Government’s Foresight Project on Mental Capital.


Ten keys to happier living

The Ten Keys are explained in more detail below. Each has a related question to help us think about

how our activities and attitudes affect our well-being and the well-being of the others around us.

GIVING

Do things for others

Caring about others is fundamental to our happiness. Helping other people is not only

good for them and a great thing to do, it also makes us happier and healthier too. Giving

also creates stronger connections between people and helps to build a happier society for

everyone. And it’s not all about money – we can also give our time, ideas and energy.

So if you want to feel good, do good!

Q: What do you do to help others?

RELATING

Connect with people

Relationships are the most important overall contributor to happiness. People with

strong and broad social relationships are happier, healthier and live longer. Close

relationships with family and friends provide love, meaning, support and increase our

feelings of self worth. Broader networks bring a sense of belonging. So taking action to

strengthen our relationships and create new connections is essential for happiness.

Q: Who matters most to you?

E XERCISING

Take care of your body

Our body and our mind are connected. Being active makes us happier as well as being

good for our physical health. It instantly improves our mood and can even lift us out of a

depression. We don’t all need to run marathons – there are simple things we can all do to

be more active each day. We can also boost our well-being by unplugging from

technology, getting outside and making sure we get enough sleep!

Q: How do you stay active and healthy?

A PPRECIATING

Notice the world around

Ever felt there must be more to life? Well good news, there is! And it’s right here in front

of us. We just need to stop and take notice. Learning to be more mindful and aware can

do wonders for our well-being in all areas of life – like our walk to work, the way we eat

or our relationships. It helps us get in tune with our feelings and stops us dwelling on the

past or worrying about the future – so we get more out of the day-to-day.

Q: When do you stop and take notice?

T RYING OUT

Keep learning new things

Learning affects our well-being in lots of positive ways. It exposes us to new ideas and

helps us stay curious and engaged. It also gives us a sense of accomplishment and helps

boost our self-confidence and resilience. There are many ways to learn new things – not

just through formal qualifications. We can share a skill with friends, join a club, learn to

sing, play a new sport and so much more.

Q: What new things have you tried recently?


DIRECTION

Have goals to look forward to

Feeling good about the future is important for our happiness. We all need goals to

motivate us and these need to be challenging enough to excite us, but also achievable. If

we try to attempt the impossible this brings unnecessary stress. Choosing ambitious but

realistic goals gives our lives direction and brings a sense of accomplishment and

satisfaction when we achieve them.

Q: What are your most important goals?

RESILIENCE

Find ways to bounce back

All of us have times of stress, loss, failure or trauma in our lives. But how we respond to

these has a big impact on our well-being. We often cannot choose what happens to us,

but we can choose our own attitude to what happens. In practice it’s not always easy, but

one of the most exciting findings from recent research is that resilience, like many other

life skills, can be learned.

Q: How do you bounce back in tough times?

E MOTION

Take a positive approach

Positive emotions – like joy, gratitude, contentment, inspiration, and pride – are not just

great at the time. Recent research shows that regularly experiencing them creates an

‘upward spiral’, helping to build our resources. So although we need to be realistic about

life’s ups and downs, it helps to focus on the good aspects of any situation – the glass

half full rather than the glass half empty.

Q: What are you feeling good about?

ACCEPTANCE

Q: What is the real you like?

Be comfortable with who you are

No-one’s perfect. But so often we compare our insides to other people’s outsides.

Dwelling on our flaws – what we’re not rather than what we’ve got – makes it much

harder to be happy. Learning to accept ourselves, warts and all, and being kinder to

ourselves when things go wrong, increases our enjoyment of life, our resilience and our

well-being. It also helps us accept others as they are.

MEANING

Be part of something bigger

People who have meaning and purpose in their lives are happier, feel more in control

and get more out of what they do. They also experience less stress, anxiety and

depression. But where do we find ‘meaning and purpose’? It might be our religious faith,

being a parent or doing a job that makes a difference. The answers vary for each of us

but they all involve being connected to something bigger than ourselves.

Q: What gives your life meaning?

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