google-ing HAPPINESS

ever done it before?
well, the results are 2,680,000 in 0.38 seconds.


Some folks are inherently less happy and some more so, and this basic temperament seems to be remarkably enduring. Needless to say, you’ll know which half I fall in given that I even thought of google-ing happiness! (smirk)
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Unashamed of this fact, I’ll say this deserves some moment of reflection at the least, if not some study. After all take a stroll in any bookstore and you’ll see shelves after shelves stacked high with self help books, many of which on the topic of happiness; either addressing the issue head-on or masked in some other form.
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Anyways, I did just that (all of the above by the way, and the stroll in Borders spurred the interests frankly to dwell deeper into the subject) and whilst you may think this is all hog wash, with publishers, psychologists and the likes making some dole for themselves, how do we rebutt the scientific and empirical evidences of scholars, scientist and academia such as Nobel Prize-winning psychologist and behavioral economist Daniel Kahneman of Princeton, Prof. Daniel Gilbert of Harvard University, Tal Ben-Shahar, and Alan Krueger (who was my all time favourite labor economist) and Daniel Kahneman to name a few?
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So for those who are curious to know what has been written and researched (and yet not bothered to read), here goes – in no particular order, the actions you can take for a happy/-ier life:
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  1. Don’t equate happiness with money.
  2. Exercise regularly (includes having lots of sex).
  3. Devote time and effort to close relationships.
  4. Be grateful: pause for reflection, meditate on the good things in life.
  5. Seek work that engages your skills, look to enjoy your job.
  6. Give your body the sleep it needs.
  7. Don’t pursue happiness for its own sake, enjoy the moment.
  8. Take control of your life, set yourself achievable goals.
  9. Be optimistic.
  10. Do not commute.
{sigh}
with that said, 50% of the above suggest that I should quit my job to be happy…
And to my dearest Mr. Sex-With-Camel, your noble and wise advice (Happiness = Sex + Wine + Chococlates) rings so true!!!



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