First, let’s establish what Happiness is. When I searched wikipedia for Happiness, this is what it returned. “Happiness is an emotion associated with feelings ranging from contentment and satisfaction to bliss and intense joy.” There sure are a lot of words in there.
So how do we know the difference from feeling contentment, satisfaction, bliss and intense joy?
We all have our own perception of what happiness means to us. Our emotions are our own so for instance, if you were fired from your job today, it’s reasonable to think that you would not be experiencing the emotion of intense joy unless you perceived being fired as an opportunity to go forth and try something new.
According to a scientific study by Leicester University in England, the happiest country in the world is Denmark. And that’s despite having one of the highest tax rates in the world! They are paid to study. Imagine not having school fees for University! Apparently, the students can take as long as they like to complete their studies.
They are also paid to stay home in the form of paternal and maternal leave and this is paid by the government! That’s full time wages for 6 months if required.
If that’s what makes someone happy then why not!
Some of the things I think can cause a person to find happiness are:
- some good friends who stick by you no matter what
- a loving family who you enjoy being around
- the freedom to choose when and where you work
- the freedom to take a break anytime you like for holidays
- the freedom to live where in the world you want to
- your dream home
- positive emotions
- positive activities
- quality of life
- satisfaction in all things that you do
- eating a delicious meal
- playing with your children
- hearing children’s laughter
- listening to music that inspires you
- dancing like no-one is watching
- watching a funny movie
- reading a good book
- living in a state of gratitude
Every effect in your life has to start with a cause and for each of us it will be different. Making choices is what leads us to creating whether or not we find Happiness. Choosing what is right for you is key!
Too Many Choices
A couple of days ago I watched another TED video by Barry Schwartz which I found via Blonde2.0 Blog and thought about it for a while… then realised what he was talking about. Watch this!
Interesting… isn’t it? I’ll let you make up your own mind.
So what are your thoughts? Is it because we have too much choice nowadays that makes us un-happy or does it bring you happiness knowing that there are all these choices? Do you feel satisfied, contentment, bliss or intense joy having such a range of options available? Is it a state of mind perhaps!
Here are some other articles and sites on Happiness you may also like to read…
- The Only Guide To Happiness You’ll Ever Need
- The Happiness Project
- The Seven Habits Of Highly Happy People