Thursday, January 27, 2011

Happiness

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Did you see Oprah's show yesterday?
It's all about happiness.   More specifically, how to get more of it.
It also included a "test" to measure your happiness. ( I scored 74 - "Getting there")

What was interesting to me was that there a study at Princeton University stating that,


"Earning more than $75,000 a year (for a family of 4) doesn't increase happiness". There's still a great debate about that *number*. Researchers found that lower income did not cause sadness itself but made people feel more ground down by the problems they already had. Having money clearly takes the "sting" out of those adversities.


Authors concluded that, "High incomes don't bring you happiness, but do bring you a life you think is better". So it's not absolute wealth that 's linked to happiness, but relative wealth or status - that is, how much more money you have than your neighbors.

Hmmmmm...interesting........money can buy you happiness but only to a point.
Anytime I'm asked what I want (especially for my family), I always say "happiness" (and health, of course).   Isn't that what we all want?

So here's 10 ways to increase your happiness:
1. Know who you are and like who you are.
2. Connect with others.
3. Do what you love for a living.
4. Have a good attitude.
5. Appreciate your life.
6. Let go of your hurt and disappointment.
7. Know how to have FUN.
8. Take care of your health and well-being.
9. Get in touch with your spirituality.
10. How you view happiness is important.

Want more?: Here's 10 more ways to find happiness

Why can't we all be like dogs? Seems like they are always happy....
"A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, just give him your heart and he'll give you his" (from Marley and Me)


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