Happiness is a popular but distorted word. There are four things that are not in the realm of true, everlasting happiness.
Few years ago, on a morning like any other, I had a sudden realization: I was in danger of wasting my life. I decided on the spot to begin a systematic study of happiness. It did. I made myself happier. And along the way I learned a lot about how to be happier. Here are those lessons.
- Exercise more—7 minutes might be enough.
- Sleep more—you’ll be less sensitive to negative emotions.
- Move closer to work—a short commute is worth more than a big house.
- Spend time with friends and family—don’t regret it on your deathbed.
- Go outside—happiness is maximized outdoors.
- Help others—100 hours a year is the magical number.
- Practice smiling—it can alleviate pain.
- Plan a trip—try it alone.
- Meditate—rewire your brain for happiness.
- Practice gratitude— increase both happiness and life satisfaction.
I love to be happier, as I’m sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are actually backed up by science. All the best.
Happiness is so important to us, both as individuals and as a world, primarily because happiness is really all there is. As human beings, although we possess cognitive abilities and are highly thought oriented, the quality of our lives is ultimately entirely determined by our emotions. For example, which life would you rather have; that of a very rich, attractive, successful, healthy, powerful person who despite all of those blessings is very unhappy or that of a very poor, unattractive, unsuccessful, unhealthy and powerless person who is nevertheless fortunate enough to be very happy?
Considering happiness within the framework of good and evil, or right and wrong, we find that what is evil or wrong is only undesirable because it diminishes the happiness of an individual or group, and that what is good and right is only so because it increases the happiness of and individual or group.
Happiness, which includes the pleasant emotions and moods that comprise it, is really the only aspect of our lives with any ultimate value. Aristotle described it as the highest good. Of what value is any good except that it facilitates the happiness, or greater happiness, of human beings and other life on our planet?
Happiness is not only important to our personal and societal lives, it’s also important to our global community. Unhappiness breeds wars and terrorism. Countries who unjustly attack other countries are doing so because they are not happy with certain international realities. As individuals and as societies, happiness is both our highest goal and an extremely effective means of achieving many of our other cherished goals. Both as individuals and as a planet, happiness is our ultimate reason for living. Happiness is really all there is and all there ever will be; all else is only a means to happiness.
The biggest lesson that one can from great philosophers like Aristotle and Chanakya is the sense of achievement, as well as the sense of fulfillment, are equally important. You cannot run behind your goals all the time without spending time with people you love. Developing the bond of love, being happy, having faith is an essential part of human life.