New Ideas and Your Stories
Here are some ideas and thoughts on what contributes to genuine happiness.. Please offer your own by sending me your stories or thoughts of how you measure happiness to firstname.lastname@example.org
“Happiness is impossible, and even
inconceivable, to a mind without scope and without pause, a mind driven
by craving, pleasure or fear. To be happy, you must be reasonable, or
you must be tamed. You must have taken the measure of your powers, tasted
the fruits of your passion, and learned your place in the world and what
things in it can really serve you. To be happy, you must be wise.”
Income and Happiness
Does earning a higher salary really make a person happier? Not permanently, according to GSE Affiliated Professor and ICREA-IEA Researcher Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell. Her research in happiness economics has shed new light on what determines a person's happiness, particularly the effects of income changes and other life events on subjective satisfaction. Watch Video
Happiness can be contagious!
A new study has found that being happy can be contagious and rub off on our neighbours. It gives new meaning to the song "the more we get together, the happier we'll be."
Is 44 the year of depression? The tipping point in happiness?
According to new happiness research, the biggest lows of our lives are experienced in middle age, according to new research that concludes that Britons are at their most depressed aged 44. (read rest of article)
Do you Know your Virtues?
Who amongst us can remember the four virtues that Plato identified:
Or the 3 holy virtues: hope, charity and unselfish love.
Did you know that Benjamin Franklin lived his entire life according to 13 virtues he used to assess his life and progress towards genuine happiness.
Franklin's virtues can be broken down into seven personal virtues and
six social virtues.
Imagine you developing a similar set of virtues to guide your life. Imagine the US President, the Canadian Prime Minister or the CEO of Nike using such a list to guide their decisions. The world would certainly be a happier if not wiser place to live and have our being.