Happiness, facts and myths

“Have you ever seen «The pursuit of happiness» film?

You should.

Money does not make us Happy at all. Helping people does.

Por Jeff Figueroa

HOW MUCH DOES HAPPINESS COST?

Do you want to earn more money? Do you think  it will make you happier? If your answers are «Yes» and «Yes», then you are in for a surprise. Studies consistently show that how much we earn is actually less important to our happiness than how much other people earn. What we want most of all is to earn more than our friends and colleagues. This might explain why countries like China, South Korea and Chile have seen the average income more than double over the last 20 years, but have seen no increase in happiness. In the case of South Korea, «Life satisfaction» has actually fallen. However, this does not mean that we do not care about our income.

According to Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman, money does not buy you happiness, «but a lack of money certainly buys you misery».

HAPPINESS AND THE CITY

Most people think that city folk are more stressed and less happy than country folk. Well, now it is officially true:  cities are not only bad for your health with their pollution and overcrowding, «They are also bad for your happiness». Using a special smarthphone app, economist George Mackerron collected data on where , when and why people were happy. The results were clear: cities are the unhappiest places to live in. If you think of happiness as being on a scale from 1 to 100, cities reduce your well-being  by between one and five points. And which places make people happiest? Mountains and forest!.

It has been said that there no such thing as True Love

What do you think?

Has TRUE LOVE something to do with happiness?

 

 

«Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.»

Aristotle

GIVE A LITTLE

Philosophers may tell us that money can not buy happiness, but is this reality or a myth? Psychologist Elizabteh Dunn from the University of British Columbia in Canada decided to find out. She gave one group of students $20 each to spend on themselves. She gave another group the same amount of money and asked them to spend it on other people. The next morning, the students were asked how happy they felt. Those who had spent the money on other people were overwhelmingly happier, proving that «Pro-social spending» as Dunn calls it, makes us happy. Newspapers tend to report on random acts of aggression or violence, but in reality, «random acts of kindness» make a bigger difference to society.

Dunn´s experiment shows that we can improve our own contentment, and other people´s by giving  more than we take. The problem is that very few people believe it.

 

HOLD A PENCIL BETWEEN YOUR TEETH

We all know that we smile when we are happy, but can it really be true that smiling itself can make us happy?

Well, it turns out that this is no myth. Give it a go. Hold a pencil between your teeth – go on!. What are you waiting for? Leave it there for a while. 

Are you feeling a bit happier yet? You should be. Holding the pencil between your teeth reminds your face muscles of what it feels like to smile, and smiling reminds you what it feels like to be happy. And even if you do not feel happy yet, at least everyone watching you is having a good laugh!

 

 

 

 

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