A Lazy Person's Guide to Happiness
Academically speaking, happiness cannot be measured. It is really a mix of health, emotions, the way you evaluate your life, and the extent to which you live out your values.
While happiness can't be measured, you can measure life satisfaction by asking questions about how much you feel joy. You can measure people's sense of purpose by asking what new and interesting things they learn every day and if they used their strength to do what they do best.
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Happiness can be thought of as a retirement portfolio. You want it balanced with short and long term investments.
Those in pursuit of purpose miss that there is value in the sum of positive emotions we experience every day. If you're only goal-oriented, you forgo today's joy for a perceived better future. But, chasing tomorrow might not give you the happiness you desire.
You can do several things to enjoy your life day-to-day. Positive psychology techniques of gratitude is generally a short-term solution.
More importantly is to optimize your environment so you're more likely to be happy long term.
Even if you cannot change your broader environment, you can still do small things to create positive emotions.
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Happiness lies on transitory things, so simplify your life and possessions to get a clearer path to a better internal life. When stuff, people, and the problems they bring fall away, the resulting stillness allows you to find the self-sufficient joy that resides inside.
Joy comes when you make peace with who you are, where you are and why you are. When you need nothing but your truth to bring peace, then you have settled into unshakable abiding joy.
There are very few tools that can help us research, track and plan our own happiness. Online services now let users map out their happy places and discover where others have felt happy.
People should be able to track their happiness in a similar way they track their fitness goals.
Apps tracking happiness effectively served as a glorified research project. The conclusion: people are happiest when they stop their minds from wandering.
Happiness isn't just a feeling that should be left entirely to chance. There are specific factors that influence your happiness, which can be easily tracked with the right tools.