Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Truths and myths about happiness

There is no doubt that married people are happier than single people, but that does not mean that happiness is reserved for them.

Fact: Marriage happy
Friendships are also a great source of happiness, as well as relationships with siblings, cousins, and even home
pets. However, that happiness was short-lived, it is necessary to invest time and energy into matter.




MYTH: Physical beauty is a condition of happiness
Psychological studies show that attractive people are no happier than people of average looks.Moreover, "ordinary" people who think they look good, have more confidence, more friends and more pronounced feeling of happiness. So, the point is to love yourself and emphasize your strengths.

TRUTH: Happiness is inborn

For the lucky person recorded increased activity in the prefrontal cortex - the part of the brain associated with positive emotions. However, the potential for happiness is genetically determined by only 40 percent. Everything else depends on you - and this is not it!

MYTH: Money makes you happy

American researchers have discovered that rich representatives of their society - those with a yearly income of $ 10 million - only slightly happier than their employees. Happiness is not measured notes: it is a state of mind that anyone can accomplish.

The road to happiness
Hug yourself.

Scientists have found that the more often we embrace, we are happier. Hugging is also useful because it enhances the feeling of closeness, relieves stress and reduces pain.

Turn something boring into something special.

In practice, it is proved that a focus on an activity that is usually done automatically - such as eating a meal increases the degree of happiness.

Enjoy every moment.

Psychological research shows that people who live "here and now" more confident, optimistic and satisfied with their lives than people who are burdened by the past or worry about the future.

The objectives to be achieved

Interim targets
- Provide a sense of happiness and achievement, as they meet the innate psychological needs, such as creativity and personal reward.
- It allows to develop as a person, because it does not depend on other people's opinions and approval to feel joy and pleasure.

- Provide a sense of competence and control over their personal lives, as you focus on what's right for you.

EXTERNAL GOALS

- Spend your energy as you work to achieve something that you have imposed on families and society.

- They make you realize certain ideals - financial success and social recognition - that will allow you to fit into society.

- Hinders you to accept yourself as you are. For example, dieting just because your partner thinks you need to lose weight. 

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