Why is sunshine, laughter, socialising, comfort, kindness and encouragement all so vital to our happiness?
New research revealed by Heathrow Express shows that it’s the little things that are the key to our happiness, such as getting into bed with freshly washed sheets, sitting in the sun and getting a message from a loved one.
Why do you feel a formula is a good way to help people feel happier this month?
A formula is a great way as it illustrates that there is more than one factor that can depict our happiness. There are many ways people can find happiness throughout January – for example we can take walks in the countryside and make the effort to socialise more.
To what extent do you think we feel we SHOULD dread January? Does the media help matters by having us focus on this month?
It’s not that we should dread January; we should just be happy and focus on the small and more meaningful things going on in our lives.
Why do you think January is such a hard time for people to feel happy, when there is a lot to look forward to like better weather, lighter nights and holidays?
January is often known to be the gloomiest month of the year and it is easy to see why people can be unhappy– New Year’s resolutions that were set have already been broken, work routines begin, bills over the Christmas period are now due and not forgetting that January is cold, dark, and dreary! We all love the sunshine!
From the Heathrow Express research, a staggering 33% typically feel the least happy in January, and the majority (52%) feel the least happy during winter in general. In terms of the time of day, over a third (39%) of the working adults asked feel least happy in the morning before work.
Do you personally dread January?
No, I am staying positive this January… positive mind, positive outlook!
What always puts a smile on your face?
When my two children are smiling from the inside, then I am happy.
I also love looking through old photographs with the children and walking around the harbour in Bristol.
Do you have a method of lifting yourself up when you feel blue?
Flying a plane lifts my spirits!
Why should little things make us happy rather than holding out for the bigger things?
We should always try to be optimistic and have a “glass half full” outlook. If you are happier with the little things, you are less likely to be disappointed.
From the research, laughter is the best medicine to kick these ‘January Blues’. If you have a look at the top 20 things that make adults happy – little things such as finding a ten pound note in an old pair of jeans, eating comfort food and cuddles are high up on the happiness list.
What is next for you?
I plan to fulfil my childhood dream of flying around the world this year.
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