Are You Happy?
Sometimes we make questions so much more difficult than they need to be…
Regardless of your answer, take a look at the links below, I found some great articles on happiness 🙂
Exactly fifty years ago, Marceline Loridan and Nadine Baillot asked people on the streets of Paris, “Are you happy?” in a documentary experiment by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin.
The Are you happy? project is finding out what happens when we ask the same question in the global environment of the web today.
What modern science can teach you about turning that frown upside down.
“For instance, in the “blessings” exercise, patients take time each night to write down three good things that happened that day. “The brain is wired to be negative. So we don’t remember the good things as well,” says Rashid. Writing them down helps change that. ‘Maybe they saw a sunset. Or an old friend from Barcelona called. It gives them a sense that: Gee, my life is not so miserable.’ “
Sages going back to Socrates have offered advice on how to be happy, but only now are scientists beginning to address this question with systematic, controlled research. Although many of the new studies reaffirm time-honored wisdom (“Do what you love,” “To thine own self be true”), they also add a number of fresh twists and insights. We canvassed the leading experts on what happy people have in common—and why it’s worth trying to become one of them.
When was the last time you took inventory on your happiness? Find out how you stack up with Dr. Robert Holden’s Be Happy Index (or. B.H.I.). Once you have your results, you can examine 10 different areas—self, relationships, work, attitude, gratitude, forgiveness, humor, health, spirituality and now—to increase your happiness, starting right now, with this step-by-step guide.
Some scientists have argued that happiness is largely determined by genetics, health and other factors mostly outside of our control. But recent research suggests people actually can take charge of their own happiness and boost it through certain practices.