Hello there, champion of true wellness...
The Happiness Index is a survey that measures the happiness of nations. The researchers collect data on different areas of human behaviour, which allows them to evaluate how satisfied people are with life. Nationally representative samples of country's residents are asked to rate their own current lives on a scale of 0 to 10. The best possible life for them being a 10, and the worst possible life being a 0. Each year, the world is presented with a Happiness Report. Not surprisingly, the World Happiness Report finds that people are feeling worse. Negative emotions are rising around the world. Yes, unfortunately it’s true. Negative feelings, such as worry, sadness, and anger, increased by 27 percent from 2010 to 2018. There is a distinct and noticeable parallel between happiness inequality and income inequality, which simply means the poorer you are – the less satisfied with life you are. The gap between the happy and unhappy is also getting wider.
What's The Problem?
When are you going to realize that material comforts don’t give life meaning?
Where Are We Going Wrong?
The tech revolution promises us everything our heart’s desire at the click of a mouse. Anything you want to buy can be ordered online and delivered to your door in a matters of days without you having to leave your home. It’s amazing! And extremely convenient! But this fantastic service is packaged in a highly addictive digital playground where most of what we see is actually beyond our means, and totally unrealistic for us.
Our new icons are individuals who become rich and famous by doing something that goes viral around the world in seconds. But watching people become famous to millions of complete strangers doesn’t make you happy. It breeds envy, jealously, dissatisfaction, resentment; self-loathing, depression and – yes you guessed it – unhappiness. Seeing fabulous things you can’t have in reality is soul destroying.
We’re on the outside of the screen looking into a fantastic universe that we can never truly enter. Yes, we can be entertained and buy what we can afford, but in comparison to the glitz and glamour that is presented to us our lives are empty and meaningless.
What Can We Learn From Studies?
Interestingly, studies also show that older people are happier, with happiness peaking when people reach their 60s and 70s. Why is that? Well, the answer is slap-your-forehead simple. Maturity leads to more contentment and a greater appreciation of what really matters in life. The elderly are beyond the pursuit of personal ambitions, material acquisition, and the latest trends. They enjoy spending time with loved ones, doing simple activities they enjoy, and helping others. They are less and less engaged in the rat race. Whilst the rest of the world suffers from an epidemic of addictions, they disassociate from the madness of it all and focus on what matters most to them.
What Can We Learn From Our Elders?
We can learn a lot from our elders. We should be striving to break our addictions. We’re addicted to stress, consumerism, junk food, television, social media, work, ambition, harmful vices, pain and misery. In short, we are ruled by our ego-minds. We need to find our true-selves. We need to reconnect with what really matters in life. For one thing:
(No one else is going to do it for you.)
What Can You Do About It?
So, what can you do to increase your personal happy index? A good place to start is to examine indicators that measure your satisfaction with life. Here they are:
- Psychological Well-Being (Mental health is as important as physical health)
- Physical Health (Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness)
- Time Balance (Devoting time to what counts for our longevity, vitality and happiness)
- Lifelong Learning (Constantly endeavoring to be the best version of yourself)
- Community (Striving to improve your connection with others)
- Social Support (Developing good relations with your loved ones)
- Environment (Connecting with nature)
- Work (Doing something you love to sustain your livelihood)
- Spiritual (Devoting time to raise your self-awareness and connect with your Creator)
- Emotions (Evoking positive emotions that make you feel good)
What can I do to consciously and deliberately improve my satisfaction with life in the areas mentioned above?
Ways To Make Yourself Happy:
On a practical level, there are a few simple techniques you can apply to make yourself happy. Here they are:
Live With Intention:
Practicing mindfulness simply means being fully present in the moment. We spend so much time thinking about the future or dwelling on the past that we don’t spend enough time in the here and now. But, your point of power is now. This moment is all that is real. Everything else is just sets of thoughts in your head. Try this quick exercise. Sit quietly, close your eyes, and think about moments in your life when you were very happy. What memories spring to mind and how to they make you feel? Hold that feeling. Let this emotion fill you completely. Now, ask yourself: Do I feel happier in this moment?
Look For Good:
It’s easy to see all the things that are wrong with the world. It’s easy to find fault in others. It’s easy not to be satisfied and to want more of everything we desire. But, this doesn’t make you happy. Try something different. Train yourself to see the good in life. When you focus your attention on good things, more good things appear. This is the law of concentration: Whatever you concentrate on grows in your experience. When you look for good, you bring happiness your way. Why? Because everything good makes you happy. Doesn’t it?
Make A Happy Plan
Make a long list of everything that makes you happy; plan to do at least one thing each day, and then do it. That’s it! It really is that simple, and it really does work. Try it and see for yourself!