What we mean by happiness or subjective wellbeing is people’s evaluations of their life; how they feel about it and how they appraise it. … One way is to just sit back and think about life and wonder is my life as it should be – that is life satisfaction.
Happiness is caused by relationships, goals and habits –and not by lots of money.
Life is, to many people, mysterious and even miraculous. For us all, existence comes to an end proverbially rapidly. En route to death, and perhaps in contemplation of it, many will experience existential angst, cosmic loneliness and a search for meaning. Challenges and difficulties will be encountered by everyone. As former prime minister Julia Gillard remarked to her supporters after being deposed, shit happens.
Linking us all in the face of certain death and inevitable misfortune is the desire, and arguably the need, to be happy. Happiness is a notion we all grasp, but one that can be hard to define. It is a state that can be elusive – and then devilishly difficult to maintain. It is hugely important to the quality of our brief existence, and for many is central to the very purpose and meaning of life. Continue reading “Bad things will happen to us all, but we can actually choose to be happy.”
Is it important what you spend your money on in terms of your own happiness?
A stunning (and important) piece from Michael Norton at TEDx Cambridge — ‘Can Money Buy Happiness?’ Surprisingly the answer is ‘yes’ but in the most fascinating way. Uncover some great research and enjoy the fun way Michael presents it.
Is it more money, a new car, a promotion at work? Sometimes we get lost in the materialism that’s all around us and forget that happiness really lies within ourselves.
If we take a moment to reflect, our eyes can be opened to the joy behind what may seem on the surface, at least, to be the stumbling blocks in our lives.
A thankful spirit is a healthy spirit. As the twists and turns of life lead to feelings of being out of control, sometimes our attitude is all that we have control over…the following reflection may help you develop a thankful attitude. Sometimes life is all about how we look at it!
We all seem to be born with a tendency to be either jolly or morose or somewhere in between, says Grant, director of coaching psychology at the University of Sydney. We tend to return to that level of happiness, even after major setbacks or triumphs.
If you want to get fitter, you need to work at it. The same goes for becoming happier, a growing body of research shows.
Some of us might have been born happier than others, but all of us can increase our happiness – and science is showing us how.
“With happiness, people tend to think you’ve either got it or you haven’t,” says Sydney psychologist, Dr Tony Grant. “But that’s only partly true.”
We all seem to be born with a tendency to be either jolly or morose or somewhere in between, says Grant, director of coaching psychology at the University of Sydney. We tend to return to that level of happiness, even after major setbacks or triumphs. Continue reading “Get to work… on your happiness”