Health and Happiness program
What is health and happiness?
In 1946 the World Health Organization (WHO) defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (WHO, n.d., para. 1). Health is very complex and can influence one’s happiness and vice-versa.
Happiness is more than just a feeling of pleasure or enjoyment throughout the day. Khoddam (2015) describes happiness to be “a state of well-being that encompasses living a good life. Happiness has been said to relate to life satisfaction, appreciation of life, moments of pleasure, but overall it has to do with the positive experience of emotions” (para. 1). Happiness (positive emotions) has been shown to benefit the functioning of the immune, cardiovascular and endocrine systems versus the possible harm posed by negative emotions.
This Health and Happiness program provide students with the opportunities to participate in activities that are proactive for maintaining or improving physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being. These sessions are proactive, with efforts to make one feel good and feel connected. By engaging in these activities the hope is that students’ minds and bodies feel better during and afterward, with ideally, a prolonged afterward. This may just be the right dose of ‘medicine’ the body needs, and if so, will reduce the chances of getting overwhelmingly stressed, angry, anxious, tired, or lonely. The activities incorporate diverse content and delivery methods, all with a component of interactivity, social connectedness, relationship building, physical activity, or self-exploration and expression.