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How Happy Are You? Can we make ourselves happier?

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  1. Goal Line Technology

    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    Can we make ourselves happier?

    According to studies from all over the globe collated by the World Happiness Database in Rotterdam, we can.
    But the path to happiness may not be where we are looking for it.


    Professor Ruut Veenhoven, Director of the Database and Emeritus professor of social conditions for human happiness at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam,
    says his own study found a slight negative correlation between the number of times people in a study spontaneously mentioned "goals" and their happiness.

    "Though it is generally assumed that you need goals to lead a happy life, evidence is mixed.
    The reason seems to be that unhappy people are more aware of their goals, because they seek to change their life for the better."


    But perhaps the most intriguing finding from an array of studies on file at the database is the lack of correlation between seeing meaning in life and being happy.

    "Surprisingly I found no correlation," says Professor Veenhoven. Studies suggest leading an active life is the strongest correlate with happiness.
    "In order to have a happy life, a rewarding life, you need to be active.
    So involvement is more important to happiness than meaning in the sense of the why, why we are here."


    But the best news on file at the World Happiness Database is that we can make ourselves happier, and not just through external changes like having more money.
    "Research has shown that we can make ourselves happier because happiness does change over time," says Professor Veenhoven, "and these changes are not just a matter of better circumstances but of better dealing with life.
    Elderly people tend to be wiser, and for that reason, happier."


    So what should we do to make ourselves happier?

    Studies collated by the database say you tend to be happier if you:

    • Are in a long-term relationship

    • Are actively engaged in politics

    • Are active in work and in your free time

    • Go out for dinner

    • Have close friendships (though happiness does not increase with the number of friends you have)
    And there are some surprising findings:

    • People who drink in moderation are happier than people who don't drink at all

    • Men tend to be happier in a society where women enjoy greater equality

    • Being considered good looking increases men's happiness more than it does women's.

    • You tend to be happier if you think you're good looking, rather than if you actually, objectively speaking, are.

    • Having children lowers your happiness levels, but your happiness increases when they grow up and leave home.
    And be careful of that morning commute to work.
    A German study (by Frey and Stutzer published in 2004) found a strong link between time spent commuting and satisfaction with life.
    Those who spent an hour on their journey to work were found to be significantly less happy that those who did not commute.

    And the study suggests that higher earnings from a job that involves commuting do not compensate for the time lost.

    Professor Veenhoven and his colleagues have been trying to encourage people to do more of what makes them happy with a diary they can fill out online.
    So far it has attracted more than 20,000 users.

    Pensioner Jana Koopman says it has changed her life, not just because it helped her identify what makes her happy,
    and prompted her to take up a painting class, but because it made her do less of what doesn't make her happy.


    Top 10 happiest countries ranked in order of "satisfaction with life", according to the World Database of Happiness:


    1. Costa Rica
    2. Denmark
    3. Iceland
    4. Switzerland
    5. Norway
    6. Finland
    7. Mexico
    8. Sweden
    9. Canada
    10. Panama

    "You can make everything clean and tomorrow it's dirty again, so why do it? Or don't do it too often.
    I like to read. So now I just pick up a book I want to read and leave all the other things."


    Don't worry, though, if you can't put down your laptop and pick up a book or a paintbrush. We can't be happy all the time.
    Research shows that sadness is useful. It acts as a red traffic light to curb negative behaviour.
    According to studies on the database it's actually good for us all to be sad 10% of the time.


    Professor Veenhoven and his colleagues have begun analysing the data collected in the online diary to conduct more happiness studies.
    So far, analysis on self-confessed workaholics shows, perhaps unsurprisingly,
    that unwinding after work with exercise rather than a beer on the sofa makes for a happier life.
     
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  2. Goal Line Technology

    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    darkfury Regular Member

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    Interesting and ironic :)
     
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    wokaka Senior Member

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    how on earth actively engaged in politics make us happier? lolz
     
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    Roparadise BANNED BANNED

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    Or you could get more happy the BH way, by taking MDMA.
     
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    tompots Elite Member Premium Member

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    Drugs will only make you artificially happy my friend, MDMA works by releasing high levels of serotonin witch is the chemical in our brain that makes us naturally happy, then when your done drugging yourself to death you will find your self depressed. That might be your way but not the BH way.
     
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    carnage_100101 BANNED BANNED

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    Lame post with whack data..
     
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    X changed me from an introvert to an extrovert and I've been a lot happier living as an extrovert. Just saying.
     
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    Just smoke (or vape) weed and you'll be happy
     
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    Ironic username whilst advocating drug use :p
     
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    Happiness, just like any other feeling, is just a state of mind. Situation and environment do make an impact upon us, but at the end of day, it's our choice whether we want to be happy or not. You don't necessarily need worldly possessions or shitty things to be happy. All you need is inner satisfaction for eternal happiness. I know I am going into the domain of philosophical shit, but all I intend to indicate is that you can be happy at any point of time. It's all in your mind.
     
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    Are we all happier after reading this thread...;)
     
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  13. Jobless

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    I'm self employed. Nice try, though.
     
  14. swords12

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    These are the things that makes me happy:
    being myself
    think positive
    always be contented in every thing that you have
    smile
    and most of all, what makes me happier is when I see my family happy too.
     
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    Treating others with kindness and doing what gives me 'piece of mind' at the end of the day makes me happy... I can't believe I've been to 4 out of the 10 listed :)
     
  16. Goal Line Technology

    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    Point is that if we are concious (aware) of what makes us happy,
    then we may be able to strive towards inner happiness and peace more easily.

    Besides, the thread was just to spread a little happiness around to those who perhaps needed it at this time,
    a la Pursuit of Happyness ;)

    One of the best ways to feel good about oneself is to feel that they have in some small way helped others to achieve and be happy :)

    checkout a post made by fellow member crusher and others about motivation etc...
     
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    I agree that happiness could also be attained through having a long term relationship :)