HAPPINESS

Sustainable happiness comes from a life comprised of pleasure and meaning with present and future benefit. A happy life most often is dependent on having a sense of purpose, a reason for being, as well as something for which to look forward.

According to positive psychology experts, happy people have a goal they consider worthy, and they enjoy the journey to achieve it. Happiness also can be achieved through participating in something compelling and challenging, especially when it is perceived to make a contribution to the world.

Happiness is not about a single moment or a constant high. It is important to remember it is about a sum of experiences. In other words, one can have unpleasant times and still achieve overall happiness.

Research shows that happy people often are successful in multiple areas of their lives. The relationship between happiness and success is reciprocal. Often people think that professional success leads to happiness. While success may contribute to happiness, studies illustrate that happiness also leads to more success.

The good news is most people can increase their happiness. By applying simple, proven tools, some which take only a few minutes to implement, one can learn to appreciate positive circumstances, shape surroundings, discover optimal ways to work, and benefit from understanding the mind-body connection.