As a part of our Feel Good campaign, we’ve teamed up with world-renowned professor, Dr Todd Kashdan to review the results of nationwide research carried out into how us Brits truly feel, inside and out.
Dr Kashdan has drawn upon his years of experience in social relationships, happiness and the meaning of life to analyse the research which has shown that Britain is in need of a bit of a lift. He is onboard with Transform to inspire a more upbeat Britain and the result is the creation of the UK’s first Feel Good Formula!
The formula is the perfect prescription for a happy soul, Dr Kashdan tells us: “there is no single secret to feeling good, but when these six ingredients are carefully attended to, in the right doses, you will be on target for a happy life.”
But what does it all mean?! Dr Kashdan breaks down the formula:
M Live in the moment – do you taste the different spices with each spoonful of your soup? Appreciate the sounds, smells and sights that you take for granted everyday. Remind yourself every waking hour to do this.
C Be curious - without a curious attitude, boredom creeps into the seemingly mundane routine of work, friendships, romance, and family. Explore the unfamiliar, mysterious, complex, and uncertain aspects of our world once a day.
L Do something you love - if there is anything that provides the framework for a well-lived life it is the presence of activities that are important to us and excite us. Do this once at work and once at play.
T Think of others first - offer compliments, do a good deed and listen. Do this five times a day and you’ll soon see it feels good to make someone feel good. The greatest of gifts cost nothing.
N Nurture relationships – dedicate time to a partner, friend or family member twice a day. The happiest people on the planet have close, significant relationships with others. Have someone you can turn to anytime and know that you can be yourself.
B Take care of your body – taking care of your body is about healthy eating and committing to exercises that focus on flexibility, endurance, and strength – not worrying about body fat and unassisted handstand push-ups! Eat healthy meals at least 3 times a day and commit 30 minutes per day to exercise.
Each of the ingredients requires a bit of work, but hard work will lead to the greatest rewards possible – there’s nothing greater than the feeling of feeling good!
The climax of Transform’s Feel Good campaign will be the UK’s first National Feel Good Day on 19th July - a whole day dedicated to giving Britain the boost it needs. Our research found that receiving a compliment is the biggest mood booster, so on Friday, Transform’s Feel Good team is going to be encouraging the nation to get involved in feeling good.
We’re inviting everyone (including you!) to compliment friends, family, colleagues or even strangers in everyday life and on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #feelgood and #feelgoodday. We hope that the Feel Good Formula and National Feel Good Day will boost spirits and put a smile on faces across the UK.
To find out more about National Feel Good Day visit: http://www.national-awareness-days.com/national-feel-good-day.html
You can get involved by following us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Feel-Good-Day/ and Twitter @NatFeelGoodDay