…Things such as: not enough money, not feeling attractive enough, feeling too fat, too thin, single, or married, etc, etc.
Believe it or not, 50% of your happiness comes from your genetics.
What about the other 40%?
I’ll come back to that in a moment, but first, here are some eye-opening stats:
The World Happiness Report by Columbia University’s Earth’s Institute, produced a list of 156 countries in the world and how
they rate on a happiness scale (see top 10 list below).
Here are some interesting questions to ask yourself about the
data they found:
1: If happiness were about money, then why is Qatar, which is the wealthiest nation in the world, #31 out of 156 countries on that scale?
2: If happiness were about health and longevity then why is Japan (with the longest living inhabitants in the world) #44 on the scale?
3: If happiness were about living in a crime-free society then why is Hong Kong (lowest murder rate per capita) #71 on the scale?
The list of unlikely candidates are Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland etc.
How can this be? Why do they rank among the happiest countries in the world?
They practice the other 40% = GRATITUDE!
They have realistic expectations of life and they practice gratitude. If you have running water be grateful for that. If you ate food, be grateful for that. Are you breathing? Be grateful for that! That means you still have a chance to create your happy ending.
Do you know why gratitude is so powerful?
You can’t be unhappy while you’re grateful. Being happy eradicates negative emotions.
If you’re unhappy, practice gratitude – make a list of all the things you’re grateful for.
In fact, studies PROVE gratitude will automatically influence your hypothalamus, help you sleep better, fight off cravings, control your appetite, and relieve stress.
Gratitude even makes your brain release more of the neuro- transmitter – dopamine, which stimulates the pleasure center
of your brain. (This is the closest thing to a magic pill for happiness).
All you have to do to start experiencing the wonderful benefits is grab a notepad (journal) and a pen, make a list of things you’re grateful for and read them every day for a whopping 5 minutes. IT WILL BE SO WORTH IT!
BTW…here is the Top 10 “happiness” list compiled by the
World Happiness Report Group for 2012:
Which are the saddest countries at the very bottom of the list?
They are Rwanda, Burundi, & Central African Republic.
The United States is the 6th wealthiest nation, but still scored #17 on the happiness scale.
Whether you want a better body, better job, better relationships, more toned and sexy body, a nicer car, vacation, dream home, etc…
it all begins with being grateful for what you already have.