Happiness is circular.
Happy people have happy habits,
which in turn, makes them happier.
Here’s a list of habits that have a high chance of giving you a happiness boost. (This links to my Psychology Today blog’s newest post.)
A few weeks ago I went to a continuing education day-long workshop on developing positive emotional habits. The presenter was a psychologist and a comedian, so it was one of the better workshops I’ve been to.
Here are a few key points:
- Happiness has many influences: 50% is our based on our “set point” (temperament/genetics); 10% is based on our circumstances; and 40% is based on intentional activity.
- Despite increases in our standard of living, Americans are no happier than they were 60 years ago.
- Money brings happiness to the extent that it alleviates poverty; beyond that, it does little to increase sustained happiness.
- Developing skills to increase happiness/contentment is not frivolous. Happiness is linked to many important life outcomes such as health, problem-solving ability, creativity, less depression and anxiety…
Okay, I don’t know what you’ll think about this, but the presenter said this has been determined the world’s funniest joke (according to the Richard Wiseman LaughLab):
Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy takes out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps: “My friend is dead! What can I do?” The operator says: “Calm down, I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.” There is a silence, then a gunshot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says: “OK, now what?”
Did that make you laugh or groan?
I hope you’ll click through and read my post on Psychology Today: 15 Habits to Cultivate Lasting Happiness.
Photo credit: D. Sharon Pruitt