The art of being happy requires extracting happiness from common things.
Hello , Happiness Fan,
I have lots of wonderful things coming for you in my 2021 newsletters. First I wanted to start the New Year off with some thoughts on your happiness by sharing some of those with you today. Happy New Year!
Health and Happiness Depend on Each Other
More and more research is beginning to show that happiness is the key to good health. Studies reveal that happy people have better cardiovascular health and immune system health than others, which is a massive revelation in terms of mental and physical well-being. Researchers are saying that mental health and self-care are great places to start if you want to live a longer and more fulfilling life. When we focus on our minds and our bodies with activities like journaling, meditation, and self-care, our hearts, and immune systems become more robust, so don't forget to breathe, drink water, and focus on yourself! Make 2021 the year of YOU.
It turns out that money does buy happiness, but not in the ways you probably thought. Researchers at Harvard and British Columbia have found that we are more joyful when buying gifts for others or donating to charity rather than just buying for ourselves. Even when we receive large amounts of money or bonuses, researchers pointed out that the amount of money we receive has little sway over our happiness, but rather it is who or what we spend it on that affects it most. So – if you're looking to add a bit of joy to your day, buy a loved one a gift, and you'll both end the day so much happier. Even a roll of Lifesavers given, will put a smile on someone's face and make you a more memorable person.
When It Comes to Happiness, What's Love Got to Do With It?
Researchers in Michigan set out to discover if someone's marital status plays a part in their quantity of happiness to see if love affects our overall well-being. The study followed over 7,500 people throughout their lives to determine who reported the highest levels of happiness. It turns out, that marriage has little sway over our overall emotional well-being. While the study showed a slight happiness increase in those that were married, the researchers also pointed out that those numbers had little to do with actual marital status. They found it had more to do with whether or not those participants were happy in other parts of their lives. Our friendships, hobbies, work, and pursuit of our dreams have much more sway over our happiness than whether or not we walk down the aisle.
Yes, those most certainly are words to live by. Because honestly, we tend to forget we only have one life. So, wasting it on trying to outdo others, especially people we do not even know, is just too tragic for words.
Let 2021 be the year you and happiness become the best of friends, and in the famous words of Leo Tolstoy, "If you want to be happy, just be." This is your year to shine!
Delivering the News with Humor Makes Young Adults More Likely to Remember and Share
News has come a long way since the early days of television. With so much going on in the world and more access to information than ever before, news outlets have struggled to grab younger audiences' attention in the same ways that they did with the generations that came before them. Studies are showing that the rise of comedy-news is a potential solution to that problem. Researchers have pointed out that news shows like Trevor Noah, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, and the like are all more memorable to young adults. As a result, they are much more likely to be shared with their peers, meaning they retain more of the factual news information regardless of how many jokes are sprinkled throughout. The news is dark enough, and laughing helps us enjoy and retain that information more easily.
Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others, including Love. One day there was an announcement that the island would sink, so all repaired their boats and left.
Love wanted to remain until the last possible moment. When the island was almost sinking, Love decided to ask for help. Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat.
Love said, "Richness, can you take me with you?"
Richness answered, "No, I can't. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place here for you."
Love decided to ask Vanity, who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel, "Vanity, please help me!"
"I can't help you, Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat."
Sadness was close by, so Love asked for help, "Sadness, let me go with you."
"Oh.... Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!"
Happiness passed by Love too, but he was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her!
Suddenly, there was a voice, "Come Love, and I will take you."
It was an elder. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that he even forgot to ask the elder his name. When they arrived at dry land, the elder went his own way.
Love realizing how much he owed the elder and asked Knowledge, another elder, "Who helped me?"
"It was Time," Knowledge answered.
"Time?" asked Love. "But why did Time help me?"
Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, "Because, only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is."
With the New Year comes plenty of reasons to seek and find joy. I wanted to include a brief quote from my new book, Happiness Power: How to Unleash Your Power and Live a More Joyful Life:
"Happiness develops when you are working on something bigger than yourself. It is attained slowly, little by little, as you build yourself up. It develops as you develop your altruism. You find happiness by committing to other people and positivity, by working to better yourself to find real meaning in your life."
Happiness Powercoaches you to apply and nourish its over 50 powers you gain to live a happier, more fulfilling life by tackling happiness from a completely different angle. It sets out to help you be happy WITHOUT change. To quote the book, "Happiness does not depend on what we have; it depends on how we feel about what we have."
Let 2021 be the year you and happiness become the best of friends, and in the famous words of Leo Tolstoy, "If you want to be happy, just be."
The only thing we can depend on in life is that everything changes. The seasons, our partners, what we want and need. We hold hands with our high school friends and swear to never lose touch, and then we do….Change is the only constant. Your ability to navigate and tolerate change and its painful uncomfortableness directly correlates to your happiness and your greater joy in life. Let the changes be your adventure, as without such changes life would be boring, Bring on what is in store for me in 2021 and smile through it all because you are strong enough to take it!