Top lecturer gives tips for International Day of Happiness

PUBLISHED: 14:47 20 March 2014 | UPDATED: 14:47 20 March 2014

Dr Matthew Smith of Buckinghamshire New University

Dr Matthew Smith of Buckinghamshire New University


A leading Psychology lecturer and ‘Luck Doctor’ at Buckinghamshire New University has urged people to mark today’s International Day of Happiness by acting on some top tips.

On the United Nations-backed day, Dr Matthew Smith has pointed to the ideas of author Sonja Lyubomirsky and said they could be the key to happiness.

Dr Smith says the insights will guarantee even the most downbeat of us will experience happiness.

He said: “A worldwide day to encourage a ‘can do’ happy attitude is a great way of celebrating the importance of happiness.

“This is despite the natural tendency we all seem to have of ‘not prioritising’ our own happiness in our everyday lives.

“These are some great ways people can find happiness today and apply to their lives.”

Express gratitude: Encourage yourself to stop and think of three things for which you are grateful. Gives an immediate boost to your wellbeing!

Practice acts of kindness: Go and do something nice for someone. It will make you both happier.

Nurture social relationships: Connect with a friend. Phone one you haven’t spoken to in a while and wish them a happy day of happiness!

Increase ‘Flow’: Do something you love doing, where you lose all sense of time. Do it more often.

Get yourself a Laughter Buddy: This could be your best friend or a character who inspires happiness. Find out more at and see how you could get involved. Lesley Lyle has written a book called Laugh Your Way To Happiness and is sending out ten ‘Laughter Buddies’ into High Wycombe today.

Dr Smith lectures on the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology at Bucks New University. He said the art of ‘Positive Psychology’ was a fast growing sub-discipline within academic psychology.

Dr Smith’s blog entitled ‘How to be happy?’ can be found at


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