Updated: Aug 20, 2020
I think this is a whole heaping pile of AWESOMESAUCE! I know it may seem hard to believe with everything going on in the world right now, but happiness is a CHOICE. Yep. I said it. While each of us has had a "bad day", or has "woken up on the wrong side of the bed", we alone are responsible for how we DECIDE to react to any given situation. That's the hard truth right there! Am I always happy? NO. Do I always behave as if I'm happy? NO. But... I should, and so should you! Here's why: Current Research and Studies
For instance, we have learned a lot about what happiness is and what drives us.
Recent studies have shown us that:
Money can only buy happiness up to about $75,000 – after that, it has no significant effect on our emotional well-being (Kahneman & Deaton, 2010).
Most of our happiness is not determined by our genetics, but by our experiences and our day-to-day lives (Lyubomirsky, Sheldon, & Schkade, 2005).
Trying too hard to find happiness often has the opposite effect and can lead us to be overly selfish (Mauss et al., 2012).
Pursuing happiness through social means (e.g., spending more time with family and friends) is more likely to be effective than other methods (Rohrer, Richter, Brümmer, Wagner, & Schmukle, 2018).
The pursuit of happiness is one place where we should consider ditching the SMART goals; it may be more effective to pursue “vague” happiness goals than more specific ones (Rodas, Ahluwalia, & Olson, 2018).
Happiness makes us better citizens – it is a good predictor of civic engagement in the transition to adulthood (Fang, Galambos, Johnson, & Krahn, 2018).
Happiness leads to career success, and it doesn’t have to be “natural” happiness – researchers found that “experimentally enhancing” positive emotions also contributed to improved outcomes at work (Walsh, Boehm, & Lyubomirsky, 2018).
There is a linear relationship between religious involvement and happiness. Higher worship service attendance is correlated with more commitment to faith, and commitment to faith is related to greater compassion. Those more compassionate individuals are more likely to provide emotional support to others, and those who provide emotional support to others are more likely to be happy (Krause, Ironson, & Hill, 2018). It’s a long road, but a direct one! PositivePsychology.com
As you can see, the research clearly indicates that even "faking" happiness is beneficial! This short article written on Happiness and Physical Health offers even more insight into the benefits of being a HAPPY person. And the world needs more of them! When it comes to deciding on presenting a happy demeanor, there are several time-tested "tricks" you can use to uplevel your emotions! Jam to your favorite upbeat tunes, repeat positive affirmations, meditate, pray, sing your heart out, get jiggy with it, enjoy some exercise, and last but certainly not least, use some uplifting Essential Oils! While this list is not a comprehensive one, it will set you on the happy path of including mood management oils in your daily life! Everyone's different, so what works best for you may not work quite as well for me, and vice versa. But you will always find some kind of benefit from the essential oil you use, even if it's an unexpected one! • Bergamot • Grapefruit • Invigorating Blend • Jasmine • Joyful Blend • Lemon • Lemongrass • Lime • Melissa • Spearmint • Tangerine • Wild Orange • Uplifting Blend Now you know that even if you're not exactly feeling happy, there are many options to help get your mood changed around to one that is more agreeable and life-enhancing.
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