“Peace love happiness”If youre like me, you think about words like Peace Love Happiness as "feel good"words or concepts that everyone wants, but in todays world they seem harder andharder to achieve, or maybe even unreachable - both on a personal and globallevel. Why?Stressed out?Negative news all around getting you down?Finances tight?Yeah, me too! Thats why I began my research on happiness. But what ishappiness? Have you ever really asked yourself?Heres Merriam-Websters definition: "a: a state of well-being and contentment:joy b: a pleasurable or satisfying experience.""A state of well-being and contentment," isnt that our ultimate goal as humans?Have you ever wondered what makes you happy and why you do the things youdo? Basic needs for survival are a given, like food and shelter; everything else youdo are things that are intended to make you happy or keep you from becomingunhappy. Agree? Nobody wants to be miserable (although I bet youve met somepeople who seem that way!). The problem is most of us get so caught up in ourdaily grind that we lose sight of why we do what we do.WE WANT PEACE LOVE HAPPINESS, we just forget to remember.Ah ha, "forget to remember." STOP IT! Stop forgetting to remember. There, thatsall you need to do. Now you are happy, right?Oh, its not that easy, is it? Unfortunately not, but new research from the scienceand psychology of happiness worlds shows that those words - Peace LoveHappiness - may not be so unreachable after all.In her book The How of Happiness Sonja Lyubomirsky provides interestingempirical data that supports her idea that you can change your level of happiness.Dr. Lyubomirsky effectively argues that you have control over approximately fortypercent of your happiness through "intentional activity." Surprisingly, only tenpercent is the result of circumstances like environment, while the remaining fiftypercent is thought to be your genetic set point, or the fixed amount of happinessyou have no control over.
What Determines Happiness?How you choose to respond to this data is up to you. The pessimist will not be toothrilled that most of their ability to be happy is predetermined and therefore wontwant to make the effort to improve. My guess is though that YOU are reading thisbecause you care about living a happier life and are excited that a significant fortypercent of your level of happiness is in your hands!So now what?Where do you start?Start with STRONG DESIRE. You gotta want it! Find it hard to get motivated?OK, here you go - happier people are more sociable, energetic, charitable,cooperative, better liked, more satisfied with their work, make more money, theyare overall healthier with stronger immune systems and they live longer!Motivated now? If not, then read no further. I wish you all the best.
Congratulations, you chose to keep reading! Reward yourself and click here todownload Michael Anthonys inspiring e-book called How to Be Happy and HaveFun Changing the World. This free Happy e-book reveals simple, but profoundinsights that will help everyone that uses them to live a fulfilled and happy life.The book is a very refreshing, straight talking read. Mr. Anthony gives easy tofollow, proven methods for overriding what he calls your "tape" which is yourthought history - the programming in your mind that controls most of your actions,reactions and emotions. He offers a simple idea for recording and keeping track ofyour written goals and provides his readers with a great eight word "DailyAffirmation" that summarizes the major points he offers that will set you on yourway to happiness. With Mr. Anthonys permission, I added a ninth word(Gratitude) to his Daily Affirmation. Click here to download a printable versionthat you should frame and post wherever you can frequently see it. Follow Mr.Anthonys advice and read it at bedtime, when you wake and as often as you canduring the day. Dont just read the words though, decide to LIVE THEM! The most powerful force in the Universe is love. Follow Mr. Anthonys advice; commit to rid yourself of your self- inflicted emotions of anger and hate. The more you gain control of your negative emotions, the easier it will be to love. Decide to love yourself first, then love your spouse, love your family, love your friends, love everybody. The power of love is profound and contagious. Spread the love and peace will follow. Dont set out to change the world, concentrate on yourself, but spread the knowledge to family and friends. Do your part to makethe world happier one person at a time. When theres more love, peace willflourish.Money and HappinessDoes money bring happiness? Youve heard that question before. You are probablylike most people and know that it doesnt, not long term anyway. But it seems to behuman nature to deny this fact. Material possessions are fun and nice, but have youever bought anything that comes with a happiness guarantee? Nope. It doesnthappen and never will. The new car you bought made you happy, right. Yeah, butfor how long? The thing is, material possessions can provide TEMPORARYhappiness only, not real long-lasting happiness. Humans are built with an amazingability to adapt to most any situation, its called hedonic adaptation.Guess what?
Marketing people are taught to feed off your constant need for a new happiness fixknowing the old one quickly wears off. So you want, or think you need, to buynew stuff only to adapt again and the happiness is gone.