Happier together: ‘focus on what we have in common, rather than what divides us’

Happier together: ‘focus on what we have in common, rather than what divides us’

19 Mar, 2019

A recent Social Weather Stations survey shows 8 out of 10 Filipinos feel happy and satisfied with their lives. The SWS said these results were the lowest recorded since 2014.

In the survey, respondents were asked: "If you were to consider your life in general these days, how happy or unhappy would you say you are on the whole? Are you very happy, fairly happy, not very happy, or not at all happy?"

The SWS survey showed more Filipinos answering they were unhappy. About 13% of Filipinos said they were unhappy – the highest number recorded since 2015, when 15% of Filipinos said they were unhappy.

Happiness is one of the many human emotions that is always sought after. We wish for happiness as a sign of a good life but what does it really mean to be happy? Happiness can manifest in so many ways even in the simplest of things that often, we find hard to grasp.

International Day of Happiness

20 March, Forever is the International Day of Happiness and this year's theme is Happier Together, focusing on what we have in common, rather than what divides us.

Everyone wants to be happy - and life is happier when we're together. So let's celebrate our common humanity, and be part of this special day.

AGREA celebrates this day annually, actually every day. Read on and find out how the AGREA Team projects happiness every day together.

Give happiness a chance

At times, we may feel that we are stuck in a rut for a day, some for weeks, while others even months. Experiencing setbacks in life is only natural. We cannot choose what happens to us but we have a say on how we act towards those challenges.

Next time we feel down and frustrated, let’s hit our personal Pause Button and remember that we must also be kind to ourselves. Let’s give each other that chance to really look at the situation. Maybe it wasn’t as bad as we thought it was. Maybe it’s about time to dig our way up the rut to see the brighter side.

Create happiness

Once we recognize what gives us joy, it’s up to us how we integrate them into our lives. We have a very limited 24-hours each day; think about how we will fill up those precious minutes.

Fill it up with things that contribute to our personal happiness level, too. For example, spending time with people who we care about and creating memories with them. A simple me-time is very important. It is up to us to whip up something good and fun despite a not-so-favorable day.

Share happiness

Happiness is contagious. From thinking good thoughts to connecting with people and caring for the people around us, we get to share our own bit of happiness for other people to experience as well. A bright smile for someone won’t hurt and it is guaranteed to make one feel good.

Create a happier world together

In fact, the moment we find out that we have the ability to make others happy even from a random act of kindness, makes us feel good about ourselves too.

As mentioned, happiness is contagious and to be able to feel its domino effect, it must start with us as an individual.

Happiness is vital in paving our way in reaching our goals in life. Therefore, happiness is all about understanding ourselves, embracing our flaws and others’ flaws, and continuing to work together in creating a happier world together.

Happy International Day of Happiness to all!