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Creating a Happy Society Is More Complicated Than We Think

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Creating a Happy Society Is More Complicated Than We Think
Imagine two different societies. In the first, people tend to be stressed, tense, irritable, distracted, and self-absorbed. In the second, people tend to be at ease, untroubled, quick to laugh, expansive, and self-assured. © Adli Wahid on Unsplash The difference between these two imagined scenarios is vast.

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Six Ingredients for Happiness

The six key ingredients required for a happy society, according to The World Happiness Report are:

  • Income
  • Healthy Life Expectancy
  • Social Support
  • Freedom
  • T...

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From Outwards to Inwards

Happiness seekers have to go beyond the notions of good or bad and learn to accept things as they are.

A mature approach to happiness is to focus less on the circumstances that make people...

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      Happy people are generous

      Happy people are generous
      • They give freely.
      • They spend money on experiences.
      • They spend money to benefit others.
      • They forgive (themselves and others). 

      The conscious attitude of happy people

      • They don’t compare themselves to others.
      • They practice gratitude.
      • They are hopeful and optimistic.
      • They practice mindfulness.
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      • They don’t overthink.
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      This busy lifestyle provides an unintended but powerful source of happiness: anticipation.