My afternoon with Action for Happiness, His Holiness The Dalai Lama & Friends

Wow, what an experience, listening to His Holiness The Dalai Lama and friends yesterday at the Action for Happiness, Happier World Event in London.  A real moment of Happiness.

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Action for Happiness sets out to create a Happier World, filled with Compassion & Kindness towards ourselves, and others. I truly believe this is a good philosophy for life, and it has served me well through the experiences and challenges, and giving the best to my clients.

The patron is his Holiness, the Dalai Lama & Mark Williamson is the Director of Action for Happiness.

Their key principles are based around your GREAT DREAM… 

G iving – do things for others

R elating – connect with people

E xercising – take care of your body (& nourish your body with #feelgood foods)

A ppreciating – notice the world around you

T rying out – keep learning new things

D irection – have goals to look forward to

R esilience – find a way to bounce back

E motion – take a positive approach

A cceptance – be comfortable (or learn) with who you are (develop self love/respect)

M eaning – be part of something bigger

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As I write these out, I really believe they are a fundamental in helping each person to feel better about their life, however tough it is in the moment you are reading this… and also to feel joy and embrace it, if you are having a good time.

The line up of speakers at the event was truly inspiring. I love what Suzy Greaves is doing with Psychologies Magazine & her Happiness Clubs, Mattieu Ricards compassion & values of meditation were insightful and captivating as always, Daniel Goleman, a fountain of wisdom & for me, Richard Davidson a renowned neuroscientist was brilliant.

To have the science linking with the well being I believe is powerful stuff, and his research on neurolplasticity is something I have been reading a huge amount on, personally for my own brain healing (post weils encephalitis) and for many complex GP referral cases I work with.

Richard’s Key Research and evidence to neuro plasticity and looking after your brain, which his Holiness highlighted too are:

  1. Resilience –  to learn, adapt and overcome adversity
  2. The Ability to Savour Positive Outcomes and Experiences, and sustain a positive outlook
  3. Attention – to develop positive habits and a quiet mind, focused in the present.  To quieten your wandering, unhappy mind and move away from things that may ‘feed’ this
  4. Generosity, be kind to others and kind to yourself, engage in things that enhance this, as this will develop positive circuits in the brain, and keep your ‘mental hygiene’ good

The overall statement – Look after & use your brain daily  – if you don’t like something, change what you can, and if you can’t change it, change your thinking. Practise the art of self love, compassion & kindness, whilst looking after yourself too :-)

The speakers whom captivated me the most were the children from John Stainer School, led by Adrian Bethune.  I coach a lot of teenagers who are really struggling with liking the person they are, and finding joy in what they do.   The principles of self love, kindness, mindfulness, of love, wonder, curiosity (i really think we can all use more of this) and so much more really is impacting these children, so exciting and wonderful to see.  I just wish every child (and adult) who doubted themselves had the courage to find these tools and start a journey to feel good.

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Action for Happiness run a course called Exploring What Matters, I encourage you to check it out. Psychologies Magazine have also set up Happiness Clubs all over the UK.  Both link really well with my philosophy and values for my Energised Performance clients, so watch this space as we may run both in Bristol and perhaps even on line.  Even if I don’t, get involved and if you have questions, just ask me :-)

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So my leaving message, from His Holiness & the other wonderful speakers, to pass onto you is this…

You are you own Master.  You are the Master of your Thoughts, Your Brain & your Body. Some situations or conditions you cannot change, but you can change your way of thinking about them.  Utilise your intelligence daily, nourish your body, develop compassion for yourself and others, journal happy things, learn and adapt from challenging things, nuture self love and inner peace, go on adventures, explore, move your body….. pay attention to your attention.

So there you have a little summary for thought (& action :-) I hope.

I would love to hear what makes you feel happy. Tweet me @kimingleby#HappierWorld

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And if you want to find out more check out http://www.actionforhappiness.org/ & https://lifelabs.psychologies.co.uk/channels/154-the-happiness-club

On 11th October I will be running Dignity – 7 Day Feel Good & Be Mindful Course Online, it’s free and in aid of Mental Health Awareness Day.  More information and sign up will be live from Thurs 1st Octobe Here: http://www.energisedperformance.com/section.php/112/1/energised_courses

If you love TEDx, come to Bristol on 11th November – #GreatXpectations – check out the line up and book your tickets here: http://tedxbristol.com/