World Happiness Agora – Self-Mastery and Social Impact

On March 20th, 2019, join us at the World Happiness Agora as we discuss social well-being, self-mastery, and how to make a conscious social impact.

Many factors influence emotional and psychological well-being. And time and time again, social relationships that are filled with trust and support have emerged as being critical components of happiness.

Research shows that the happiest people are those who enjoy healthy relationships, while those who are lonely or have estranged relationships have lower levels of well-being. In fact, social connectedness is so beneficial to one’s well-being that it exceeds the benefits of exercise, not smoking, and avoiding obesity.

However, despite the proven benefits of social relations, policymakers feel that personal relationships don’t fall within the policy domain. Fortunately, they are doing what they can within their scope, including initiatives that collectively contribute to social well-being. These involve urban design that promotes social inclusion and happier neighborhoods and policies focused on the reduction of public and private corruption. And by having systems in place to prevent and treat family-related violence, healthy family relationships are supported and promoted.

Self-Mastery and Conscious Leadership

These policies are a good start; however, we believe that social well-being should be a concern by members of the government at all levels. Social relationships are critical drivers of well-being and social connectedness. Close ties are one of the secrets to happiness, the changing of your life, and improving well-being. 

The key to happiness is self-mastery or the ability to take control of your internal thought processes to guide your behaviors, feelings, and habits. These include your personal choices such as the people you let into your life. Because social connectedness and self-mastery are interlinked, it’s vital to understand them to unlock their powers.

But how does society move towards self-mastery? It all circles back to social impact and the influence of conscious leaders. When policymakers are aware leaders, they realize that there’s more that we can do as a society to increase our levels of happiness. First, we need to measure who is flourishing and who is suffering. We should have a government unit dedicated entirely to well-being. And we should have more programs and campaigns aimed at promoting prosocial behavior.

On May 20th, 2019, we want to ignite the conversation on #selfmastery, conscious leadership and how it aligns one’s whole self with total awareness and authenticity to be who you are. Aware leaders don’t focus on the “me;” they focus on the “we” to create a culture of trust and influence.

What do you think the government should do to encourage stronger relationships within families, neighbors, and communities? Should there be policies and programs put into place that teach and guide each member of society to become masters of their happiness? Don’t miss the discussion at the World Happiness Agora.

Luis Gallardo