Arthur Brooks: Two things. The first is that people have actually figured out that happiness is more than a feeling, so therefore it's worthy of study. The second thing is figuring out that, when you study it, you get better at it. This is not of theoretical interest; the more you know, the happier you can get.
Life is hard because we are worried and fearful that we have not done well in our lives. We are concerned that we are not living up to our potential, living our dream, working in our passion, or planning for retirement. Life is hard because we want more and believe that we are already failing.
89% of the respondents believe happiness is something you can control. Of those who answered yes, 32% are happier on average. The average happiness rating of those who think happiness is controllable is 7.39.
Happiness is more than a good feeling or a yellow smiley face. It's the feeling of truly enjoying your life, and the desire to make the very best of it. Happiness is the "secret sauce" that can help us be and do our best. Here's what researchers found when they studied happy people: Happy people are more successful.
happiness, in psychology, a state of emotional well-being that a person experiences either in a narrow sense, when good things happen in a specific moment, or more broadly, as a positive evaluation of one's life and accomplishments overall—that is, subjective well-being.
Physical movement, spending time in nature, and getting some exposure to sunlight can all be great ways to boost your feelings of happiness in the present moment. Seek wonder. Studies have found that people who experience a sense of awe tend to have lower stress and greater feelings of satisfaction.
You can find happiness by simply reflecting on past happenings, some of them achievements, and others simply pleasant experiences. If you're a freelancer or entrepreneur, try reflecting on your journey on a regular basis. It's easy to get swept up with future plans, and forget how well you've done previously.
Is happiness a choice? Yes! Many happy people realize happiness is a choice and it's up to them to intentionally choose it every single day. Happy people are not held hostage by their circumstances and they do not seek happiness in people or possessions.
True happiness is enjoying your own company and living in peace and harmony with your body, mind and soul. To be truly happy, you don't need other people or material things. Happiness is the consequence of personal effort and living a life of purpose.
Authentic happiness comes from within. It comes from making wise choices, including choosing to be happy. When our external situation is going well, it might make it easier for us to choose happiness, but it is not the cause of it. You can be happy even when things around you are nothing like you would like them to be.
“Happiness is a skill that can be learned like speaking Spanish or playing guitar. It is a skill of the mind; a capacity to shape the way that we see, process and interpret our reality and the things around us. It can be developed like any other competence.”
Some people are born happy, scientists say. Researchers have identified a "happiness gene" that makes people more likely to feel satisfied with their lives. Their sunny dispostion is an accident of birth, at least in part. Those who carry the less efficient version of the gene are more likely to be pessimistic.
A twin study of over 2,000 twins from the Minnesota Twin Registry found that approximately 50% of life satisfaction is due to genetics. This leaves 40% attributable to intentional activities and 10% attributable to external events.
The bottom line. Even if you prefer living on your own, it's not always easy. You might value personal space but still have moments where you long for human interaction. Times of crisis that make it difficult to connect with others can isolate you and cause further distress.