Chude Jideonwo and Damola Morenikeji’s article titled “As we celebrate happiness day, should we pay attention to the World Happiness Report?” was published on Thrive Global.
And happiness – just like joy, human flourishing and trust – is not about sporadic laughter or happiness for the sake of it, but more. It is about thriving in a state of centeredness of body, mind, heart and spirit. It is about acknowledging that most people – even if it is in your closely curated circle – can be trusted. It is about having safe and warm spaces, across business, government and culture, for individuals to thrive irrespective of their differences – in faith, in gender, in race and in upbringing. It is about being your deepest, truest self, and finding, with ease, someone to count on when in trouble. It is the sanctity of life being treasured, of accepting the freedom to choose what to do with life, and knowing that whatever it is, however vain it may seem, it is worthwhile. It is the acknowledgement that society has systems in place to promote justice and hinder the flourishing of corruption. And when those systems don’t count, it is peace of mind – while making the highest quality of demand – and peace from mind while accepting things as they are.