Thursday, April 24, 2008

How to be Happier

Last night as part of my No TV week, I listened to "Measuring National Happiness" on the NPR radio show "On Point." I was only half listening, but there were three points that caught my attention:

1. Americans are always in the "pursuit of happiness" and don't stop to recognize when they are happy (even if it's just for a few moments).

2. We can choose how we spend our time. Certain activities make us happier (especially those involving other people), why not choose to do those more often?

3. Abundant research shows that giving money to charity or volunteering is highly correlated with happiness. They are happier after the experience - and this happiness lasts longer than just the immediate moment of giving.

So. The lessons? Stop to smell the roses - recognize a happy moment when you're in it. Even if you're having a bad day, maybe your iced coffee that morning was delicious. Choose social activities rather than so called "neutral" activities like watching TV.

And finally, take control of how you spend your free time... and perhaps consider volunteering with OYFP. After all, studies show you'll be happier if you do so. ;-)

Photo courtesy of **Mellieboots**.

1 comment:

Krystle said...

It made me happy last night to sit outside on the porch and talk. Sometimes its great to take time out of your daily routine and do something different.