“Happiness is a journey, not a destination; happiness is to be found along the way not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it’s too late. The time for happiness is today not tomorrow.” -Paul H. Dunn
Happiness is the appreciation of life and moments of pleasure, but overall it has to do with the positive experience of emotions. All too often people say, “I’ll be happy when…
- the baby is potty trained.
- the kids are back in school.
- I get a raise in pay.
- I get that promotion.
- you fill in the blank.
It is a trap! Be happy now.
In his Ted Talk, Harvard Psychologist, Dan Gilbert, compares the happiness levels in lottery winners compared to quadriplegic patients. The results were surprising, to say the least. Gilbert found that after one year of living with the change, both groups leveled out at the same level of happiness.
Surprising, right? We all imagine how much happier we’d be if we won the lottery. Turns out, this is just a trick the brain plays on us!
Gilbert also identifies studies that found that after only 3 months, even major life trauma (with a few exceptions) had no impact on happiness.
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