Researchers Reveal The Three Keys to Happiness

Researchers Reveal The Three Keys to Happiness

Lifestyle

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

Here are a few scientifically-valid facts about happiness:

1. Money doesn’t contribute much to happiness once basic needs are met. (There are numerous studies on this.)

2. Consumerism and materialism are associated with higher feelings of loneliness and unhappiness. (The U.S. is experiencing relative prosperity, yet doesn’t crack the top 10 in the ‘World Happiness Index.’)

3. Physical health directly correlates with a positive outlook and subjective happiness.

So what are those keys? We’re glad you asked:

1. Do What You Love…Even If It’s Just ‘Part-Time’

“…And you’ll never have to work another day in your life.” Cliche? Yes. True? Absolutely!

We spend roughly half of our waking hours at work. We’ve all got to make a living, so why not do so doing something that you love? (Or at the very least, something you can tolerate.) A big reason why this is the case is that we’ve come to embrace this notion that work and a sense of drudgery are two peas in a pod. This is ridiculous, of course, but there you have it.

job

Studies of the world’s happiest people (and often most successful, at least financially) have one defining characteristic: they love their jobs. Speaking of jobs, it was Mr. Steve Jobs – in his infamous commencement speech at Stanford University who said:

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

If you aren’t up to a career change, do what you love outside of the workplace! Your life will be much happier as a result.

2. Prioritize Your Relationships

It is unfortunate that some people become so infatuated with their ambitions and goals that they all but forget about those who love them. If we are completely honest with ourselves, we can acknowledge that we have – at some point or another – placed self-interest above the interests of others.

It is human nature to dream, strive, and do – but at what cost? You’ve probably heard some variant of the “deathbed story” where the bedridden person confesses that they wished they had made time for loved ones. Perhaps the reason why this old fable remains widely known is that there’s a surprising (or unsurprising?) element of truth.

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