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Here are 10 surprising truths about the pursuit of happiness: 1. Once your income is above the poverty level, more money does not correlate with more happiness.a 2. Activities that make people happy in small doses – such as shopping, good food and making money – do not lead to fulfillment in the long term, indicating that these have quickly diminishing returns.b 3. People who express gratitude on a regular basis have better physical health, more optimism, make more progress toward goals, and help others more.c 4. Trying to make yourself happy can actually lead to unhappiness.d 5. People who witness others perform good deeds experience an emotion called ‘elevation’ and this motivates them to perform their own good deeds.e 6. A positive attitude (optimism) can protect people from mental and physical illness.f 7. People who are optimistic or happy have better performance in work, school and sports, are less depressed, have fewer physical health problems, and have better relationships with other people. Further, optimism can be measured and it can be learned.g 8. People who report more positive emotions in young adulthood live longer and healthier lives.h 9. What does NOT make people happier? (1) Wealth (2) Education (3) Youth (4) Sunny weather What DOES make people happier?i (1) Relationships (2) Giving (3) Religious Faith 10. Proven interventions that can change your happiness level:j (1) Performing acts of altruism and kindness (2) Discovering your strengths and finding new ways to use them (3) Expressing gratitude (4) Giving to others – it adds meaning to your life
But anyone that wants to find happiness thru poverty. I'll take care of your stuff!!
originally posted by: BELIEVERpriest
a reply to: Stupidsecrets
That's not always true. I knew someone who lost his entire family to the socialist regime in Venezuela and had a stroke because of the loss. He managed to come to the US, and was begging on the streets for months before he was able to find someone willing to give him a job.
a reply to: Sheye
Do you really want other people’s stuff though ? I’m finding I’m getting weighed down by material possessions and I would really love to downsize. But then again I’m older, and realizing I can’t take any of it with me.
originally posted by: Wildmanimal
a reply to: Sheye
I read somewhere that after 100k per year,
happiness is no longer part of the equation.
In other words, after 100k after taxes,
happiness is no longer correlated to income.
Psychological survey says.
Personally I think it is 200k per annum,
a healthy love life, and an Audubon
bird feeder filled all winter.
Optimists are just living in denial of reality. A form of psychosis.
I don't know if it's possible to be always "happy" or what that even means, seems not very scientific.
In my opinion to aim for a purpose and fullfillment in what you do is the only way to have a satisfying life. You might live shorter and less healthy but you never had a day wasted. No regrets. That seems much better than a shallow smile on your face and constantly mumbling "everything is fine" even though you know it's untrue.