How Your Happiness Affects Your Health and Productivity!

Dear Colleagues

January is always a difficult month after a nice relaxing break with family and friends and sometimes we all need something to knock us back into our usual happy state.  Our Wellbeing Lead, Lisa Sibley has spent some time on this blog talking about our inner being and indeed is a proponent of the view that instead of not liking Mondays we perhaps ought to think more along the lines of ‘Thank God its Monday’! As I may have said before, I’ve endeavoured to use this thought process in Somerset but with a slight twist in saying to my fellow colleagues at the end of the week ‘Oh God its Friday’. I admit that me trying to suggest to them that the weekend gets in the way of the fun of work has had limited success so far but I shall persevere!   What it probably needs is a happyologist  like Susanna Halonen, who unlike a crusty old HRD like me, has that genuine happy disposition that is infectious and gets the happiness agenda really moving.  I met Susanna having ‘borrowed’ one of her excellent pieces on Nelson Mandela which I posted here not long ago and I believe she has much to offer. Below is a taste of what I mean:-

‘Leaders of teams and organisations are always looking at how to improve the productivity of their
people by investing in all kinds of office equipment and health promoting activities. These all have
a role to play in a more productive workforce, and so does happiness.

Happiness is a big word in positive psychology and touches on everything from positive emotions
to focusing on your strengths and being more resilient. Research has been exploring this field for
nearly a decade and a half and numerous findings have shown the link between happiness and
health, as well as happiness and productivity.

The body and mind are connected in one, hence if one is not at its optimal state, the other one
won’t be either. Robert Holden, one of the leading happiness researchers, emphasised this by
saying, “There is not true health without happiness”. They go hand-in-hand, with happiness
associated with having reduced stress and better adaptability to challenges. From a bodily
perspective, when you’re happier you have increased immunity, reduced risk of inflammation and
better bodily recovery after strenuous exercise or illness. These are all connected to being more

It’s also interesting that research has shown that the link between happiness and better health is
stronger than the link between obesity and reduced life longevity. Ed Diener, another leading
positive psychologist, adds “be happy” to the list of health promoting behaviours of “eat right,
exercise and don’t smoke”. The good news is simply “being happy” will also make you more likely
to choose these health promoting behaviours, so it becomes a self-reinforcing spiral.

A happier, healthier you will bring out your best performance. Instead of feeling disengaged and
feeling ill, you’ll be feeling energised, engaged and focused on what you need to do. So why don’t
you give this a go? Next time you’re feeling frustrated and thinking about frowning, try finding
something to smile about (even forcing a smile starts to release feel good endorphins in your
body). After all, it turns out laughter is indeed the best medicine.’

‘Susanna Halonen is a coach, trainer and speaker at Happyologist. She offers one-to-one coaching, workshops and talks to help you find your best performance through a happier, more passionate life and career. Find out more here:


With best wishes and be happy

Your President





By | 2017-07-30T12:23:17+00:00 January 30th, 2014|Categories: PPMA President, Richard Crouch, Susanna Halonen|0 Comments

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