Research has show that 50% of happiness is genetic. Evidently we are born with a happiness set point, but you can retrain your brain to think differently. Studies show you can increase your happiness by 40%. I have a feeling my genetic pool doesn't have one of the higher set points. It's not that I'm unhappy, it just seems like I'm constantly trying to be more positive. I think it just comes more naturally to some people like my husband for instance. I also personally think hormones have a way of wreaking havoc on your happiness.
Studies have show having 10 minutes a day of quiet time can increase happiness. Oprah and Goldies recommendation was to take just 1 or 2 minutes throughout the day to take deep breaths and be still. I have tried to meditate and 10 minutes can seem like 60. I like the idea of starting with just 1 or 2 and taking deep breaths. I found the following findings on happiness interesting.
- The happiest jobs in America are travel agent, clergy, special education teacher and fire fighter.
- According to Dan Buettner, author of Thrive, belonging to a club that requires you to show up once a month is equal to the happiness of doubling your income.
- Dan also said studies show the impact of a material possession only lasts 9 months. However, an experience will increase happiness over time. So if you're debating between a new pair of shoes or taking a dance class, take the class.
- Studies show that money can buy you happiness, but only to a certain point. When it comes to finding a job do something you love not something that will just make you a lot of money.
I have a bad habit of over thinking things. I have a piece of art by Rodney White that hangs in my kitchen. I think it's simple message sums up happiness the best.