|The Happiness Quiz|
What Really Makes People Happy?
If you ask, living a life that is happy and full is at the top of most people’s priorities, but have you considered what factors contribute most to happiness? We are conditioned to believe that doing well in school, getting a good job, a new car, buying your dream house, finally reaching your goal weight, youth, and obtaining more money and material possessions are the road to happiness. However, study after study shows happiness is minimally linked to any of these factors. Yes, these factors are ones you should be proud of and can make you happy—they are lower on the totem pole than you might imagine.
Building Strong Relationships
Having a strong social circle and being part of something larger than yourself are major contributing factors to happiness. This includes friends, family, spiritual communities, and your significant other, but you don’t have to have a significant other to be happy. If you’re short on social connections, it’s time to get out there and make some new friends.
Positively Impacting Someone Else’s Life
Giving back to others, even in the smallest ways, not only improves your happiness levels, but often creates a positive ripple effect. Volunteer, buy coffee for a stranger, hold the door open for a parent with a stroller, pay it forward, help a neighbor, or be there for a loved one going through a challenging time, positively affecting someone else’s life will help you feel part of something larger than yourself.
Do More of What You Love
It is easy to get caught up in your long list of obligations or to get stuck in a rut that makes every day feel like a repeat of the day before. While we all have personal and professional obligations we must fulfill, we must not forget that our personal and professional lives are meant to fulfill us. Yes, you need to earn a living, but why not earn a living doing something you enjoy? And when was the last time you made time for the things you love? To read, spend time in nature, or immersed in your favorite hobby or pastime? Even an hour or two a week can have a significant impact on your happiness level.
Money and Its Link to Your Happiness
Money can contribute to your level of happiness, but maybe not in the way you might think. It’s not a matter of being rich, but achieving the confidence you have a safe place to call home and all your basic needs are meant. Statistics and studies vary, but most find there is little difference in the level of happiness for a person who earns $40 or $50 thousand per year and someone who earns hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars per year. Happiness levels sometimes decline with wealth.
Living Life on Your Own Terms
Between societal norms, familial expectations, and the all-too-human desire to fit in, many of us have abandoned our authenticity. Reclaim your authentic nature, and you will open the door to happiness. Ease this transition by spending more time with those who accept you just the way you are and letting other’s expectations roll off your back.
We have all met at least one person who seems to “have it all”, yet does not appear to be happy or fulfilled. On the flipside, we have all met at least one person overflowing with happiness, even though they have yet to achieve many of the societal measurements for success. What changes can you make today to increase your level of happiness?
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