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30 September 2014 By In Blog

This article will take a look at our feelings of happiness and how that can affect how we are on a daily basis.

Most of us rate happiness as the thing we would most like from life, although money does come a close second to this. Certainly we all feel at some stage of our life that money would ease our daily problems and would give us perhaps more breathing space to be able to have more time doing the things that make us happy without worrying about the monthly bills . However you may be surprised that one American study has suggested that just £9000 per annum can be enough to give you happiness! To have significantly more than this raises happiness levels only slightly. This however is no where enough money to actually live on so perhaps this means spare cash to use as you please which in reality may still be no where enough to give us the things that we think will make us truely happy !!

For those lottery winners and even those of you who love regular shopping trips, it is the instant gratification we get after winning money or buying something that makes us ecstatic for a while and then that feeling wears off and has to be found somewhere else. Research has also found that there is no significant relationship between how much money a person earns and whether they actually feel good about life. This again can be something we may not understand until we have more money and then perhaps find there are still some problems in our life that we still find difficult to live with. Some 80% of self-employed people are satisfied with their jobs because they can control their hours and working environment. However weather you believe that more money or less could make you happy it has also been shown that people with a happy outlook to everyday life are healthier and may indeed be able to rise up further in their career choice and earn more money because of feeling happier!

It is also shown that family genetics play a part in how positive and happy we are naturally on a daily basis. Some of our happiness can also be within our interaction of family, friends, work colleagues and neighbours. Most experts agree that to make sacrifices in our lives to be more social with family or friends can make us happier. Many people (60%) of British adults have claimed that their friendships were more important to them than career, money and even family.



To feel happy when something is stressing you or making you upset is difficult and over a period of prolonged stress this can lead to an enforced habit of feeling miserable or even depression. It is possible to trick yourself to feel better by making yourself smile, lifting up your body posture and appearing more at ease, in other words acting happy! It is a fact that laughter raises levels of seretonin and endorphins (our feel good chemicals in our brains) and it is a natural painkiller. To add to this, be on the giving side of a compliment to someone rather than expecting to receive, or help someone with a random act of kindness. When you see the good it does them, you will receive back that feeling also. Perhaps try to make this a habit, by regularly boosting others egos and yours will blossom too.

We have around 50,000 thoughts a day and for many people up to 80% of them could be negative. Don't make your life such hard work, we can all beat ourselves up for not meeting all the goals we have or even imposed work deadlines. We are all human and make mistakes. Firstly identify what happened in any problem as to why it came about and then work out the most efficient way of correcting or handling the situation. Positive people will not kick themselves further when they are down; they look for another opportunity to get them selves' back on track. If you wallow in your situation it is likely you will look for excuses and start shifting blame onto someone else and this will create low self worth and unhappiness for you and people around you. Genuinely admitting to a mistake or misjudgement is far healthier than struggling to keep a fantasy of being perfect. Know that when something goes wrong that you can find a coping strategy and you will do all you can within your capabilities to rectify the problem. This will be respected by others and will allow you leave your negative thoughts behind with the problem.

To relax and kick back and find some inner happiness. Rather than saying to yourself that you should be checking your social media, cleaning the house or watching something on television that makes you feel that you need everything that someone else has, try to find some 'me time ' where you are able to switch off the computer mobile or television and instead listen to some music, read a book or go out for a scenic walk or jog and actually absorb yourself in what you are doing.

Really the best news about happiness is that we start to become happier as we age, perhaps because we learn to accept our lot and become more emotionally grounded. So whatever age you are the best happiness could be yet to come!

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