Happiness – an inside job

Happiness is often described as a range of positive emotions, including joy, contentment, love and gratitude. When in fact, this is only one component. The second ingredient to finding happiness is achieving satisfaction in life – making a progression towards a life goal.

But be careful. All too often people score a goal then, rather than enjoying the moment, they move the goalposts.

Psychologically, humans have changed. Forty years ago people were more in tuned with the world and those around them, now they think more of themselves – never truly achieving the happiness they are looking for.

Research shows that:

  • Happiness is associated with a “taking” behavior.
  • Whereas having a meaningful life is associated with a “giving” behavior.

Give generously, be kind to those less fortunate and happiness will find you 😊.