Yesterday was the late August bank holiday and for many people it was the perfect opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Spending time with loved ones creates memorable experiences, and helps keep us happy.
Happiness is something that preoccupies us, because while it’s a feeling, it’s trickier to define, as it comes in different forms, and from a variety of sources.
What you might not know is that there’s a Secret Society of Happy People (naturally, you won’t have heard about it, because it’s secret!) that promotes Happiness Happens Month in August.
The idea is that happiness is something you should experience yourself, and that you can spread to others.
Happiness Happens Month is about encouraging people to talk about being happy more, and to create a space for happy people to connect.
This year, the focus is on unity, that what divides us is nothing compared to what brings us together.
Here at WDS we understand that everyday things contribute to people’s happiness, whether these are gestures, remarks, conversations, or the normal things we share together – a drink, a bite to eat and just being with others.
As wholesale food and drink suppliers, these things that people share are our business, so, in our own way, we’re in the business of helping happiness happen.
So, we’re supporting Happiness Happens Month by asking you to join us in making the most of it.
A Formula for Happiness?
You might think, that if a formula for happiness existed, then everyone would want it, and use it. But of course, happiness means different things to different people.
The ancient Greek philosopher, Epicurus, wrote that, “Nothing satisfies him for whom enough is too little.”
In other words, if you’re always looking to accumulate, or have more of everything, it’s probably not going to end up making you any happier.
Researchers in psychology conducted an experiment among people in Vancouver, Canada. They found that individuals experienced greater happiness if they spent their money on saving time rather than on material things.
Against a background of modern living, many people across the developed world suffer time famine, where they face increasing stress over the daily demands on their time.
Freeing up time can be a way of achieving greater happiness. Having the time to enjoy moments of companionship, and of sociability, are a big part of happiness.
Happiness doesn’t have to be about the big things, the events and special occasions. If you spent the recent bank holiday just hanging out with friends or family, this might have left you feeling truly content.
And perhaps this is the tricky part about being happy: if you make it into a big ambition it can be difficult to achieve, because it so often comes from things that aren’t ambitious or grandiose: like sharing a drink with friends; watching a film together at home with a bowl of crisps; walking the dog; taking the kids to the park; even working where you meet different people.
What Makes Us Happy?
What things make people happy? We’ve done a brief sweep of our customers and staff, and the responses are varied, intriguing, and a bit baffling sometimes – but it’s always great to hear the things that give people a sense of wellbeing and joy.
“New people, and regulars, up for a chat on a working morning, even when it’s the start of the week.”
“A full English out on a Sunday morning with the family, followed by a car boot.”
Matt, Warehouse Manager
“Working my way through a box set at my own pace, with drinks and snacks, and my boyfriend of course.”
Kirsty, Butty Shop
“Bath, bubbles and a pork pie.”
“Football with my twins in the park, then ice cream.”
Paula, Account Manager
“Cleaning the house – not everyone’s idea of happiness, but definitely mine.”
“Getting a seat on the tram when it’s busy, then doing the Sudoku.”
Sue, Bar Manager
“The sound of the lid of a new jar of jam popping open for the first time.”
“Loosening the belt on my jeans after a meal in front of the telly.”
“The smell of bacon frying drifting out of a café or sandwich shop.”
Joan, Delivery Driver
See what we mean? Happiness doesn’t have to be the big things like holidays or life-changing events – though it can be. It’s about a warm glow and just feeling right and comfortable in your own skin, even if it doesn’t last that long.
People try to measure it and define it – a study from the London School of Economics and University of Sussex recently measured percentages of happiness using an app – but ultimately, we make our own choices about things that will help us to feel happy.
The Secret Society of Happy People suggests three purposes for Happiness Happens Month. These are:
- recognise and express your own happiness;
- listen to other people talking about their happiness; and
- don’t rain on their parade – don’t bring them down, let them be happy.
Tell Us About Your Happiness
We know happiness is its own reward, but we’d like to reward you all the same.
Let’s spread the word about happiness and what it means to us, and what we’re doing to experience it.
We really want to know about your happy moments and what things make you happy, whether they’re big, small, eccentric or everyday.
Get In Touch
We’re specialist wholesale suppliers of snacks and drinks in Bury, and we cover Lancashire and the North West. We’ve got plenty of choice to keep your customers happy. Discover how we can help you, by picking up the phone and calling 0161 763 6020. Or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org