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With the United Nations International Day of Happiness occurring on March 20th 2015, it is the perfect reason to take part in various activities and boost the happiness factor in our lives.

A YouGov poll commissioned by Action for Happiness shows that 87% of people would prefer to live in the happiest country rather than one with the greatest wealth, and it seems that Australia is indeed quite the happy nation. In fact, Australians are more satisfied with their lives than the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) average, and this is no doubt a reflection of our healthy culture.

Over 11 million of us participate in physical activity, which we know releases those ‘euphoric chemicals,’ endorphins, that keep us feeling positive.

Want that runner’s high? Here are a few activities you can participate in this International Day of Happiness.

Feel the rhythm

It’s true what they say, anyone can dance! Dancing is a fun way to get moving and can be done anywhere, even on your kitchen “dance-floor”!

You’ll increase your muscular strength, confidence and get that heart pumping by getting your groove on.

For those of you with two left feet, dancing increases your balance. So give it a go anyway, you have nothing to lose!


6 steps to happiness

How to stop ‘juggling’ and start living


 

 

More the merrier

Doing exercise with friends makes it a lot less daunting and a lot more fun! If the thought of fitness makes you run for the fire exit, maybe you should try group fitness classes. Whether it is motivating each other at a boxing class, or laughing at each other doing water aerobics, your friends are bound to get you moving.

Jump around

Still bitter from the days where that kid next door had a trampoline and you didn’t?

Well, the Aussie classic is back, but this time bigger and better! The health benefits of jumping far outweigh those of running, according to the folk at NASA. And above all, it’s bound to bring a smile to your face releasing plenty of those aforementioned endorphins.

Teaming Up

Team sports for all ages are another fun way to get moving this International Day of Happiness. Footy, soccer and cricket – Australians love their sport. Join a team or get your friends to the local field to have a day of healthy competition in the sun.

Team sports help you work on your leadership and cooperation skills, not to mention being part of a happier team environment.

Roll, roll, roll!

Tired of your usual fitness regime? Rollerblading is an oldie but a goodie for exercise and fun. Great for kids and the whole family, it helps to build balance and muscle by rolling around. Rollerblading is an excellent excuse to get outside and it’s hilarious to watch your friends fall over! No? Just me then.

So why not try one or more of the above activities this International Day of Happiness!

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  • Some great ideas to think about there.

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  • The local school celebrates this. They invite parents along to help celebrate. It’s really an enjoyable and gets everyone smiling

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  • Found a little something here that I can incorporate into my day today for a little happiness factor.

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  • so great

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  • it is really great to read

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  • great to read

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  • I also did not know about this day – must remember it for next year – could use some happiness and harmony.

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  • I think im about a month too late at reading this, but I hope I celebrated anyway, I’m pretty sure we were at a party that day.

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  • I missed this day. However, I did spend it doing things for me! So I guess that counts for happiness.

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  • Oh no! I didn’t realise I’d missed the International Day of Happiness. I remember thinking that Friday 20th was better than Friday 13th, but that’s about all!

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  • So, according to this article, happiness is achieved through activity and socialisation – I agree but also happiness is being satisfied with what you have while maintaining healthy goals to prevent complacency.

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  • Hubby and I are going out on a DATE NIGHT on 20/3. Didn’t know it was the International Day of Happiness. We haven’t had a date night for years so we are really looking forward to it.

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  • looks good

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  • Almost broke my leg rollerblading when I was younger so will give that one a big miss.

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  • I like the idea of doing a happy dance!

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