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Creating a Happy Society Is More Complicated Than We Think

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 happy, and more on how people can achieve happiness in uncertain and insecure conditions too.

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Creating a Happy Society Is More Complicated Than We Think

Creating a Happy Society Is More Complicated Than We Think

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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
  • Trust
  • Generosity

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Solidarity

We are shaped and influenced by our surroundings at every moment of our lives, through our family, work, and the media.

The ideal framework for people to be happy is where everyone cares for each other. This is also a solid ground for children to thrive in.

Selfishness prevents happiness

It is naive to think that we will become happy if we continue being controlled by our selfish nature. Competition and achievement for personal gain do not lead to happiness.

Encourage close bonds of unity and love, as happiness lies therein.

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.
  • They comfort themselves in hard times.
  • They don’t overthink.
  • They remember the positive.
  • They try to be happy.
  • They act happy.
Having Things to Look Forward To

Happy people tend to live active and somewhat busy lives. They meet up with friends after work, go on a hiking trip with the family on the weekend, and play tennis every Wednesday morning with a friend. 

This busy lifestyle provides an unintended but powerful source of happiness: anticipation.

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Prerequisites for Effective Time Management

Trying to apply time management tools without having prerequisite time management skills is unlikely to work effectively. The prerequisites are:

  • Awareness about time being a limited reso...
Steps To Improve Time Management

The way to improve your Time Management skills requires us to figure out where to focus. This can be done by:

  • Getting an objective self-assessment done by your peers or boss, or establishing a baseline behavior to measure your performance against.
  • Understanding that it is your skills, not your personality or preferences that can be developed to provide the best results.
  • Identifying the key skill(s) that you need to prioritize, and avoiding spreading yourself too thin.
    Developing Awareness Skills

    The key factor to consider when developing awareness skills is that effectiveness (doing things well) is as important as efficiency (doing things fast).

    • Find which time of the day is your 'peak performance time.
    • Treat time as money, a limited resource, and create a 'time budget' for your to-do list.
    • Measure and evaluate the projected time vs the actual time taken.
    • Consider which of the tasks create follow-up tasks that take up your time later.
    • Take into consideration the 'opportunity cost' of spending time in an activity.

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