May 22, 2007

Happiology - The Search For and Study of Happiness

Taken from April 07 issue of Her World (yes, can find some good stuff not always fashion and trash)

Happy Triggers
  • Happiness is dependent on your state of mind, not on your bank balance. Cultivate a positive outlook and find a positive spin for negative events.
  • Count your blessings - start a gratitude journal.
  • Perform random acts of kindness: Smile at someone who looks forlorn. Let someone in a hurry in front of you in the queue. Call or visit a grandmother or older family member.
  • Interact with nature.
  • Look after your body. Eat right and exercise.
  • Find your magic trigger - the thing that makes you happy, whether it's writing, loving, dancing or climbing mountains.
  • Each day, no matter how busy you are, find one thing to bring you back to consciousness and to happiness.
  • Live in the moment.
  • Don't compare yourself with others - self-awareness is the route to true happiness.

Other things that stuck:

"Researchers have also found that it's not so much the rewards, the accolades, the new house, the new car, but the dream of it and the pursuit of it that can bring happiness."

"It's the process of being alive, of doing something that is far more important than the results"

"... remember to enjoy the moments of happiness without allowing worries or fears to steal away from them."

I'm also reading Daniel Gilbert's Stumbling on Happiness right now, pretty interesting read on how we imagine the future and our assessment on what we think will make us happy. No it's not a self-help motivational slash inspirational book. It's written more from the angle of sociology, psychology and economic theories with lots of case studies and social experiments.

Tons of books awaiting my reading. Tons of work awaiting my doing. Away with the procrastination monster!

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