Another one hit wonder 🙂
Are you happy? Do you ever think about it? What are the things that make you happy? Your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, sports, your job, money, family, friends, weather, the ocean, traveling, yourself? Doing the right things, helping people, being generous, allocating time for special causes? There are so many things that can make us happy, but what is sustainable happiness?
Do you belief that if we just do the right thing, happiness will follow – that additional happiness will be doled out to us because we earned it? Happiness is a consequence of the choices we make. So what can people do to increase their happiness? Their answer is surprisingly simple: spend your time wisely.
There has been little research on the relationship between the resource of time and happiness. Perhaps not surprisingly, it is another resource – money – that has been investigated much more thoroughly as a potential key to happiness. Yet, very little research corroborates the idea that more money leads to more happiness. Money can result in individuals being less likely to engage in behaviors linked to personal happiness, such as helping others, donating to charity, or socializing with friends and family.
Why might concentrating on time get us closer to our centuries-long search for happiness? One reason is because time spent doing something, especially when compared to owning something or spending money, is associated with personal meaning and evokes emotional memories. You might not recall how much money you had in your bank account when you were 20 years old, but most people remember their first kiss. Time also fosters interpersonal connections: the camaraderie that people get from attending a baseball game with friends, for example, would be more conducive to happiness than watching it alone in front of the television.
So here are the happiness headlines:
- Spend time with the right people – People you love and admire
- Spend time on the right activities – Do what you like
- Enjoy experiences without spending time actually doing them – Just think and smile 🙂
- Expand your time – Think about now and not then or when
- Be aware that happiness changes over time – Younger = Excitement, Older = Feeling Peaceful
Can I get an Hallelujah?
Stop the madness. Hang out with people you like/love and don’t work for anyone you do not like. That sucks. Life is way too short to tolerate idiocy, incompetency, insincerity and insecurity.
Have an awesome weekend!
One thought on “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!”
Being happy – or even being content – is something that takes a long time to find. When you do, you have to make sure you embrace it. Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:)