Founded five years ago to explore the science of happiness through creativity, kindness, mindfulness and community, The Museum of Happiness is a small non-profit with a big presence. And they support the International Week of Happiness at Work. Read more…
After their pop-up Winter Happiness Festival in Spitalfields went viral in 2016, co-founders Vicky Johnson and mindfulness author Shamash Alidina have created popular spaces and events all around London.
Their vision is to make the world a happier, kinder and more playful place, and they’ve created an amazing community who are drawn to the fun and playful way they share the art and science of happiness.
Since 2018 they’ve also offered Happiness Facilitator training to help everyone bring more happiness to where they live and, especially, where they work.
Because their corporate work, for people like the NHS, Facebook, J P Morgan and Brainlabs, has revealed the need for more happiness in the workplace.
“People don’t have self-care on their radar,” says Johnson, “even though more of them are meditating or going to the gym.” Struggles with self-care are one of the main challenges clients face, along with relationships and the competitive nature of work, and the ability to sleep or switch off.
The Museum is focused on teaching easy, practical skills that even really busy people can use immediately, focusing on meditation, gratitude, self-care and self-compassion. This “Happiness Toolkit” helps their clients to quickly feel better and far less stressed.
Happier in Five Minutes with The Museum of Happiness
- Spend a minute every night writing down three things you’re grateful for that day. They can be anything from the tiny (like an amazing cup of coffee) to something bigger (like your family or nature). Feeling and recording gratitude is one of the most scientifically robust ways to improve your outlook, as it rewires the brain to look for the good things in life and counteracts our innate negativity bias.
- Take some mindful breaths. When we’re stressed, we breathe less deeply – and sometimes even hold our breath without meaning to! So set your phone to remind you to stop and take a few deep breaths regularly, allowing your exhale to be longer than your inhale – which your nervous system takes as a signal that you’re relaxed, even if you’re not.
- Schedule in some self-care. It’s easy to fill your diary with appointments, but how about adding yourself to the schedule? We all need time to rest, process and recharge, and zoning out with a box set can quickly become more numb than fun.
Can you add a few minutes walking somewhere green? Being in nature is one of the best ways to reset our nervous system. Or can you hang out with someone you love, who can listen without trying to fix or change? Sharing our worries without interruption for five minutes is a huge stress reliever.
And talking of talking, remember – being kind to yourself starts with the tone of voice you use to talk to yourself (whether it’s out loud or just inside your head!)