Subjective Wellbeing is merely Personal Happiness
Our study with Deakin University is underway. A couple of things that have been very interesting is that they are measuring Subjective Wellbeing. Without wanting to show my ignorance, I looked up the dictionary to determine exactly what this means. Put simply, it said that subjective is “dependent on the mind or on an individual’s perception”, and wellbeing as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy”. Combine the two and you get “personal happiness”. What a wonderful thing to measure, and for each of us to be aware of.
The Subjective Wellbeing Survey
The questionnaire is comprehensive and extensive. As is the way it will be measured. The headings of the survey are a) Personal wellbeing, b) How you generally feel, c) What you expect to happen d) Coping with problems, e) More about yourself, f) Over the past week, g) Support, h) Your job, and i) Risk taking.
A Plain Language Statement
The other document that came with the survey was a Plain Language Statement. This made me laugh because isn’t everything we write just that? Isn’t everything we say just that also? Well the answer is no. I reviewed some emails, blogs, articles, and columns that just made no sense at all. I’ve been more aware of conversations with friends and associates and become more confused with the more that is said. My point here is that laughter is real and in the moment. There is no complexity, confusion, diagnosis, or logic. It just is. It’s when we allow our mind and body to give into the process that is Laughter Yoga that the magic happens.
So what we have to do is take Laughter Yoga to three very different organizations. This will be done by conducting three to four laughter sessions per day, every day, for the month of July. By the time it’s complete there will have been more than 70 sessions conducted. My challenge will be to ensure that the numbers are maintained, and even increased over that period. People who conduct a weekly Laughter Club often find it challenging to keep things fresh. I wonder how I’ll do this over the 70 sessions in a month. Wish me luck ! (ha ha ha). In conjunction with this there are ten other Laughter Clubs involved here in Melbourne. Thank you to all of those leaders and attendees who are helping to make this historical event happen.
The outcome of all of this work will be diagnosed, collated, and then distributed by the School of Psychology. We will publish the results on the Laughter Yoga Australia website for all to see as soon as they become available.
7th Australasian Conference in August
I also look forward to sharing some insights regarding this project at our upcoming Conference on the 24th to 26th August here in Melbourne. All of the information you to know need can be found at our website:
Hope to see you all there.