Wednesday, October 6, 2010

CHOOSE HAPPY

Yesterday's quotes seemed to be wise words regarding finding happiness.

In many ways they fly in the face of recent research by a Nobel winning economist/ psychologist.The good doctors found that the cost of happiness is $75,000 a year. This flies in the face of the old saying that, "Money can't buy you happiness."

In fact, my experience suggests that the old saying is right on. I have met many people in my career who are financially happy, but personally miserable.With money comes burdens,responsibilities and unrealistic expectations. Wealthy people often sing the Rolling Stones, "Can't Get No Satisfaction."

Some of the happiest people I have ever met was in East and West Africa where they have little materially, but much culturally and communally. They have many smiles and little stress. They help each other in a "It takes a village" way.

The same is true here. There are many hard working people I have met who are part of communities that get together frequently and have pure, unadulterated FUN. Laughs are free as are dancing, socializing,listening to music, a Sunday picnic,etc. Keeping it simple can keep it happy and fulfilling.

More tomorrow on this research, Meanwhile,as the song says, "Don't Worry, Be Happy," no matter your income. After all, what else can we really do?

I once read a book called, "Happiness Is A Choice." Choose it, you'll like it!

Bye For Now,

Bill

1 comment:

  1. I have followed happiness research for some time too! Recently there was an author, I believe his name was Dr. Kenneth Smith. He indicated that in his studies he found three things that topped the list for happiness: they were:

    Having a purpose
    Being involved in something we consider to be meaningful and important
    and the third; pleasure.

    thank you for todays blog!

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