Can you describe your happiness?

Happiness is an ongoing and popular research topic. Every year there are published detailed rapports on the subject. The results are published in magazines, or newspapers.  For you, if you are a total nerd, here is a  PDF of the World Happiness Report,  the whole 150 something pages if you will! According to this report there are various happiness factors we should take into consideration. But what exactly are the happiness factors?

External factors

External factors are , income, it effects your overall happiness  whether you can pay all the bills and then have money to travel or do other things that you like. Like hanging out in a dusty antique shop or a good bookstore.Depending on your places of interest.  Work is a attributing factor, if we love what we do there is not a problem. But if we are working to survive there is not so much fun in it, if all you do is wait for the weekend (that is if you are not working seven day´s a week). Work is not that pleasant experience. .The community and governance has great impact on our lives. In America the privatisation of the education system is probably the greatest worry. People face that they can not afford to pay for education for their children for instance.Then there is the factor of values and religion. I  imagine that people who have found some sort of relationship with their higher power. Find meaning in life.Then we have the  personal factors.

Personal factors

Personal factors that influence happiness. Mental and physical health, they go hand in hand don’t they?  If you lose your health, the only wish you have is regaining it.  The family of origin has a great impact on happiness. In my 12 step journey I have met people who have adopted a new family because the broken one they had did not measure up. Family is not a law of nature. It too can be reevaluated.  Education has impact. And gender and age. Where there is gender suppression or age discrimination‘s the impact on individual happiness can be significant

But in the very end what are the things we regret?

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

These are the things that a nurse revealed as the top five regrets her patients had at the  death-bed. You can read her blog here, it is called;  inspiration and chai. It gives you something to think about doesn´t it?

I point out the fifth regret. I wish I had let myself be happier. Because happiness is a decision. When the pyramid of basic needs has been fulfilled. (I´m not saying that a starving person can choose to be happy, but I´m not assuming she can not.)

So once again be your true self, there is no better version of you.

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3 responses to “Can you describe your happiness?

  1. Good information here, definitely! One more resource is on the way… I’ve got a new book coming out next month called, Happiness Rocks. A Powerful Blueprint to Master the Art of Lifelong Happiness! I hope you’ll give it a read!

  2. lookingtothesky

    Finding or creating happiness in this life should be our main goal — we should definitely keep moving in this direction. Spread the word – happiness is the way!

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