It was a hit for Helen Shapiro in 1961 and now it is back. Happiness was relaunched yesterday by Action for Happiness. The show opened with the exercise led by the Buddhist du jour to become fully present and then we were introduced to happiness, the organisation and the way it will work to make us happy. One early point was made by the grandee du jour Professor Lord Richard Layard that the most productive organisations were those where staff felt happy.
The people who had done a lot of the solid research were represented by Geoff Mulgan of the Young Foundation drawing on The State of Happiness the publication that uses the findings from the Local Wellbeing Project to take a broader look at “how a wellbeing focus can be integrated into public policy more systematically”. How about thinking about that in relation to running the NHS? We have always said that good customer service can only be offered by staff who feel recognised themselves. High morale gives better service. Judging from Roy Lilley’s and others’ write-up of the RCN Congress and other events in the world of healthcare, there are few happy bunnies in those particular fields.
So in uncertain times, is the new patient priority to engage in rescuing NHS staff from stress and depression? As Z said when we were encouraged in the traditional New Age event way to exchange greetings and insights with the unknown person on your right, she works with staff in the NHS to give them the support she never got when she broke down under the strain of caring too much, doing too much and feeling permanently undervalued.
What can I do to be happy ? do I hear you cry? A shorter journey to work is one good one; know the names of your neighbours is another handy happiness hint – see all 10 of them here. The website should have recovered from crashing on day 1 under the weight of the less than happy logging on for answers.
Yeah oh Yeah Yeah – which are all the words of Helen’s hit song I can remember. But I feel better already.