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Open Space – What is happiness and how can we build it for ourselves?

Written by · Published Mar 5, 2016

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Here’s feedback from another great Open Space session – This time we looked at what happiness is and how we can build and create it for ourselves.

(Answers in bold were the most common answers)

What is happiness?

  • Something that makes you smile :)
  • A feeling, atmosphere, people/ places
  • Something that’s evasive
  • Gives you a nice feeling inside
  • Music
  • Bodybuilding
  • Exercise
  • A positive feeling/ sensation which makes you feel good
  • Friends
  • A feeling
  • Animals
  • It’s a feeling but I think it is a succession of feelings. You start with feeling well, then wellbeing, then making your own happiness, then happy – Yippee!
  • Happy – feeling good in the moment
  • Play on my laptop
  • Feeling at peace

How can we build it for ourselves?

  • Playing with pets
  • Laughing
  • A smile
  • Sunshine
  • Warm weather
  • Feeling if I have accomplished something
  • Making other people feel happier, by helping others
  • Being outside
  • Music
  • Exercise
  • Making money
  • Uno Cappucino
  • Doing things I enjoy
  • Knitting
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Cinema
  • Running
  • Watching films
  • Fond memories
  • Shopping- treating yourself
  • Connecting with people
  • Talking to someone
  • Healthy diet – protein, slow release sugar
  • Travelling
  • Cup of tea
  • Food
  • Letting feelings out
  • Mum’s make us happy
  • Pets ie. Cats and dogs
  • Sunny days
  • Clothes
  • Jokes
  • Eat and drinking 
  • Socialising, being with others 
  • Music
  • Reading and writing
  • Comedies (movies). Some TV
  • Snow
  • Family
  • Days out
  • Church bells
  • Birds
  • Library groups
  • Candles
  • Singing
  • CD
  • Instruments
  • Gardening
  • Pamper
  • Chocolate
  • Sport
  • Radio
  • Friends

Sarah Lungley

Sarah Lungley

I'm the mental health and wellbeing coordinator at Suffolk Libraries.