Friday, March 9, 2012

Can’t buy happiness? Now what?!

According to the new science of happiness, our happiness has not really increased as much as it should have over the last 60 years.  The message in the American Declaration of Independence (‘pursue happiness’), radios, work rewards, and television advertising gives us the clue that we have to purchase our happiness or get it from someone else. 

But this does not work! A study published in 2010 that analyzed the responses of 450,000 respondents gave strong evidence for the case that while high income can buy life satisfaction (i.e. the thoughts that people have about their life when they think about it), it cannot buy happiness!

Just think about it, the amount of Americans who are on Anti-depressants is at an all time high!

So, our culture and our government implies that in order for us to ‘achieve’ happiness, it has to come from a person, place, thing, or circumstance which we usually have to dish out the dollar for…. 

Back to the economy… and YOUR happiness…  The cover story of The Economist in January 2007 highlighted how we can measure happiness at a gross national level…

The good news is that even though our government, culture, and health organizations are leading us in the wrong direction to find happiness… they do mean well. 

So now we know their intentions are good, although their methods are bad… and you can no longer afford their methods anyways…

Take your happiness into your own hands.  Take leadership of your own happiness and insert happiness activities into your daily life.  These activities have been scientifically proven to make you feel happier!

Before we do anything, we have to decide to do it… it takes a decision.  Fortunately, Lionel Ketchian, Founder of The Happiness Club made a certificate called “The happiness decision” and you can print it out and hang it on your wall to commemorate the first day of your own happy life!

Start a gratitude walk where everyday you recount the things you are grateful for in your life and never ever repeating, because there is always something new to be grateful for.

Practice five acts of kindness a day.  It can be as simple as telling someone they have a nice smile.  The science of happiness has proven that if we practice five acts of kindness our happiness will increase…

The good news?  You don’t have to depend on any person, place, thing, or circumstance that you can not afford anymore in order to achieve happiness.  You can do certain activities that will make you feel happier!

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Dr. Aymee Coget, a widely-known happiness expert, has more than 15 years of experience in positive psychology. Through the Happiness Makeover™, a program developed by Coget, she teaches people how to achieve happiness and handle life's challenges. She also serves as CEO and founder of the American Happiness Association, a science-backed nonprofit designed to educate individuals and organizations about how to be happier, and was nominated for CNN Hero of the Year in 2011.

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