Happy August! No, we’re not just saying that because we want to celebrate the fact that it’s almost time for the kids to get back to school, or because your annual leave is finally rolling around - August is actually Happiness Happens Month (it’s also the month to celebrate International Cat Day and Rice Pudding Day, but we couldn’t think of a work-related spin to put on those). Created in 1999 by the Secret Society of Happy People, this holiday is all about celebrating the little things that make us happy in a bid to improve our mental health - and of course, this all has a positive knock-on effect when it comes to work.
But first let’s take a step back to ask - what actually is happiness?
Happiness isn’t some intangible thing that’s impossible to achieve - there are a specific set of chemicals that need to be present in the brain in order for us to feel that rush of glee, and once we understand what they are, it can be easier to get there.