It is estimated that Americans feel happy approximately 54% of the time, neutral 25% of the time and unhappy 21% of the time. After review of the “happiness” research, Dr. Martin Seligman in his book Authentic Happiness concluded that happy people:
- are healthier. (Medicine For What Ails You)
- use their intelligence more efficiently. (Happiness Fuel For The Brain)
- are more creative. (No More Excuses)
- are more optimistic. (Somewhere Over the Rainbow)
- have more fulfilling social relationships.
Fifty years of happiness research suggests that the quality and quantity of individuals’ social relationships are so closely related to their well-being and happiness. It’s virtually impossible to tell where one begins and the other ends. A symbiotic relationship that is vital to our physical and psychological well-being.
All of us need other people in order to thrive physically and psychologically. Relationships provide:
- the psychological framework that encourages learning and exploration. When we feel safe and supported. We take more risks and dream impossible dreams.
- fertile soil for the development of our identity. Relationships help us to understand who we are, our interconnectedness with others and our roles in something larger than ourselves.
Happy individuals’ relationships generally are both positive and fulfilling because they:
- have more empathy— genuinely caring for others.
- laugh and are fun to be around.
- are emotionally generous. Birthing positive emotions in others.
- share their good fortune with others.
- help others in times of trouble.
- are authentic— honest and trusting.
Happiness is contagious. Be a “happiness virus”. Infect others with happiness as often as you can.
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Have a great day! Rita
Be the VOICE heard amidst the deafening sound of sameness!