The year 2022 marked the 10th anniversary of the World Happiness Report, which uses global survey data to evaluate happiness and contentment in more than 150 countries worldwide. Understanding how to foster happiness and to advance well-being are more important than ever and Wellness Coaching has been proven to provide the platform for such a pursuit.
“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” - Dalai Lama
This focus of this blog is not to blast you with useless data to be used at your next trivia night but rather on how we can take action in our pursuit of happiness and purpose. Based on the philosophy of if you can measure it, you can improve it, we will dive into the three main takeaways which we can use to take action towards our own happiness.
1. Life satisfaction
The report indicates that globally, life satisfaction between ages 18 and 40 has fallen. The main indicators for this decline has been attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, global conflict, and economic forecasts.
Wellness Coaching is based on the philosophy that true happiness comes from within and not based external factors. This does not mean that we ignore or close our eyes to what is going around us but rather work as a team to devise an action plan into how we will respond to these challenging times. In short, the only thing we control is our response so hence we should spend most of our energy in that realm.
2. Global upsurge in benevolence
On the positive side, there has been a global upsurge in benevolence. There was a 25% increase in every global region where people were providing crucial services, money to charity, helping strangers, and engaging in charitable work. Nordic nations made up half of top 10 happiest countries and the main indicators for happiness included social support and generosity to one another.
Studies have shown that our sense of contribution and service to others has been strongly correlated to our sense of happiness. Wellness Coaches will work as a team with clients to reflect on ways of showing up in the world in a positive manner, contributing to others while at the same time enjoying the process of giving. Benevolence is not to be viewed as martyrdom but rather a way of living one's purpose.
3. Interest in happiness and subjective well-being has risen sharply
The report indicates that since 2013 the word happiness has occurred more frequently in searches than economic terms such as GDP which was long hailed as the marker of progress. Interest in happiness and well-being has risen sharply, indicated by the upsurge in books in multiple global languages, or by the scale of published research, or by the number of government measurement initiatives.
A Wellness Coach works with clients to turn "interest in happiness" in to a concrete strategy and action plans. Without the plan, initial interest and motivations will wander similar to new years resolutions. Through weekly sessions, the client moves incrementally towards their goals and become the best version of themselves in the process.
The Happiness Report highlights both positive and challenging aspects of where we stand globally regarding happiness. Armed with this knowledge, a Wellness Coach works with clients to focus their efforts on how to respond to challenges rather than focusing on the problems. If you feel like you can gain from such insights, contact us for your FREE consultation session to learn more.