You might wonder why Happiness is important?
Recently my very good friend and (carpool buddy) said to me that her relatives from Denmark were coming for a visit to Southern California. I was intrigued since I have followed news briefs and studies, that say -“Denmark has the Happiest People in the World”. So that made me think about how do we measure Happiness ? Over the past 20 years, Scientists all over the world have looked at happy people and what they have in common. It turns out that no matter where you live or what your religion, those of us who are consistiently happy with our lives all follow a pattern. Scientists say they measure Happiness using 3 basic approaches.
- Ask people how Happy they are
- Observe Happy People
- Measure Physiology
So Webster defines Happiness as:
- good fortune, prosperity
- Joy, a state of well-being or contentment, a pleasurable or happy experience
- Felicity, Aptness
I would have to add, that at different times in my life I have felt happiness. We all can choose happiness but it is important so that we can feel good, and live longer. Being happy and optimistic go together and hopefully it can affect your Health. When you are happy you are more likely to help others and get involved. Things that make me happy are the following:
- My children
- My family
- Having a reason to get up in the morning
- Helping others
- good Health
- My career / work