The health benefits of being happy will be promoted at the Broken Hill hospital when International Day of Happiness is celebrated on Tuesday, 15 March.
The celebration will be held in the hospital foyer from 11.30am to 1pm and feature a number of activities all aimed at highlighting findings from international research into what people can do to increase their feeling of wellbeing or happiness.
“In the 1990s serious research commenced into the question, ‘what can be done to increase people’s feelings of wellbeing or happiness?”, said Cathy Morrison, the Hospital Social Worker. “The findings of this research now form the basis of much of the mainstream practice of the health system.”
In summary these findings are:
• Connect – talk and listen, be there, feel connected;
• Take Notice – remember the simple things that give you joy;
• Keep Learning – embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself;
• Give – your time, your words, your presence;
• Be Active – do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood.
“Those who are able to make these elements part of their lives feel better, live longer and experience higher levels of wellbeing or happiness,” said Ms Morrison.
The Happiness event at the hospital will involve static displays, come and try activities including Tai Chi, line dancing and a laughter group, and ‘pop up’ workshops on aspects of achieving ‘happiness’.
The schedule of events is:
11.30am: Tai Chi – Court yard off main foyer
12noon: Line Dancing – Court yard off main foyer
12.30pm: Laughter group – Grassed area at main entrance of hospital
1pm: Meditation – Court yard off main foyer
The event is open to the public with activities in the hospital foyer and on the grassed area at the hospital’s main entrance. For more information contact Cathy Morrison on 8080 1250 or Garry Halliday on 8080 1577.