A Simple Key to Happiness
There are many dimensions to happiness. There is no simple formula which will make people happy. Happiness depends to a large extent upon what people want in their lives and whether they have enough opportunities to achieve it. Yet we cannot simply say that people will be happy if they have opportunities to realize their dreams. It is just one aspect of happiness. People experience happiness in certain situations, but not always, and not all conditions produce the same level of happiness in all. It is determined largely by individual factors and personal differences. Cultural and social factors and religious beliefs also play a role. Studies show that each individual is subject to a set level of happiness or happiness set point Once a person reaches the threshold level, his or her happiness or unhappiness stays near the line most of the time. In favorable circumstances it goes up a little and then reverts back to its original level and the opposite happens when circumstances are not favorable. In other words, beyond a point it is difficult to increase people's levels of happiness. In the following article the author suggests a simple method to experience happiness, and it is doing what one loves most or loving what one does. The first is surely effective. However, the second one is probably more difficult to accomplish and may not always guarantee happiness or produce positive results. Jayaram V
Maybe someone you work with ?
Maybe a friend ?
Maybe a member of your family ?
Maybe the hot dog seller on the corner ?
Do they enjoy what they do?
Now, obviously I can't know who you're thinking of, but I can tell you whether or not they enjoy what they do. (Ok, here's a clue, the answer begins with Y' and ends with es'.
They enjoy what they do, they do it for a reason, it is either on a path Towards a goal, or it was the goal they worked hard for it.
Maybe the hot dog seller used to be a high flyer in the world of finance, but could no longer stomach the stress and the power politics. Maybe now he's his own boss, and instead of spending every weekend flapping over computer reports, he spends them fishing in the country.
Why we need happiness?
Happiness increases our zest for living. It makes us feel good about ourselves and others. It justifies our effort to accomplish better conditions in our lives The prospect of increased happiness is a motivation in itself for people to strive for success or take on new goals. Advertisement companies are well aware of this aspect of human behavior. Hence to motivate people to act and respond in certain ways and influence their thinking, they use happy images. However, the same strategy may not be always effective. For example, if you are in a depressed mood, a happy person or a happy face may actually irritate your upset you. This leads to another conclusion. It is easier to make a happy person happier than an unhappy person happy. We may not experience happiness continuously, yet it is important that we try to remain above our happiness set point and cope with the feelings of negativity and depression without damaging our morale or optimism. Increased happiness contribute to good health, resilience, positive thinking and an upbeat mood. It is definitely desirable to be happy rather than unhappy and depressed. Jayaram V
Who is the happiest person you know? Not the happiest person you know of, but the happiest person you actually know?
They enjoy the present and plan for tomorrow.
You could pay me a hundred grand to write a newsletter about widgets, but I wouldn't enjoy it. I'd get stressed, maybe even an ulcer, who knows? Leave it to the widget lovers.
But my newsletter about self-improvement, goal achievement and wealth creation? I LOVE writing it!
I love the fact that I can work for myself, helping others to make their lives more free and powerful. It doesn't earn me a hundred grand, but that isn't the point here or more accurately, it's precisely the point! It makes me happy!
In fact, probably the happiest time of my life was when I was earning the least, as a newcomer in the entertainment industry, where the money would certainly be described as poor'!
Something had clicked inside me though, and I knew I was following my passion. I felt like I was enjoying the deep end, rather than just paddling at the shallow end of life's pool.
So there we are! Don't do what you do just for money. Whatever the elusive meaning of life' may be, it surely isn't that!
1 simple key to happiness? Do what you enjoy, and enjoy what you do!
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