Abraham Lincoln once said,
"Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be."
A recently posted article stated that:
"Psychologists have recently handed the keys to happiness to the public, but many people cling to gloomy ways out of habit, experts say. Polls show Americans are no happier today than they were 50 years ago despite significant increases in prosperity, decreases in crime, cleaner air, larger living quarters and a better overall quality of life."
Sonja Lyubomirsky of the University of California at Riverside has "discovered" that the road toward a more satisfying and meaningful life involves a recipe repeated in schools, churches and synagogues.
It involves cultivating certain ATTITUDES:
GRATITUDE-- make lists of things for which you're grateful in your life:
Notice life's small pleasures
SERVICE-- Practice random acts of kindness
FORGIVENESS-- forgive your enemies, or at least begin dealing with your anger towards them
HEALTH-- take care of your health
THOUGHTS-- practice positive thinking
HOME & HEART-- time and energy into friendships and family. The happiest people have strong friendships, says Ed Diener, a psychologist University of Illinois.
Unhappiness-- an easy default all- back position...
Lethargy holds many people back from doing the things that lead to happiness.
Easterbrook, also a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institute, goes back to Freud, who theorized that unhappiness is a default condition because it takes less effort to be unhappy than to be happy.
Being happy is a service to others because it gives them joy.
Health is important to happiness because it combats the Lethargy
that holds many people back from doing the things that lead to happiness.
Let me be Happy, One day at a time.
About What Matters-- Healing for ourselves and our world
through Better Health, Unity, Spirit, consciousness and the truth about it all, as sought & found by happy questing souls.
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