Life’s goal- Creating the most happiness while creating the least misery

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I cant take credit for the title of this blog entry because it is from a video featuring Richard Layard, an economist who found early on that the relationship between increasing wealth has little if anything to do with our happiness.  This is not the first time I’ve introduced this concept, I just feel our culture is so heavily dominated and weighted by the concept of “more will make you happy”, the reality is as a society we have never had more and yet happiness levels remain unchanged.

I found this info-graphic that depicts various aspects of influence to happiness on the Action for Happiness website . What was most striking to me, a full 50 percent of your happiness might be attributed to your genes and upbringing ! To me this means if you come from a unhappy family or had a rough upbringing you might have to work harder to achieve happiness, it is my belief though that through re-framing perspective and work (happiness takes work ) anybody can achieve happiness. Hopefully I am of some help or inspiration in that quest 🙂

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The Action for Happiness website goes on to say                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “Our happiness is not set in stone”
“Although our genes influence about 50% of the variation in our personal happiness, our circumstances (like income and environment) affect only about 10%”
” As much as 40% is accounted for by our daily activities and the conscious choices we make. So the good news is that our actions really can make a difference.

Richard Layard says in Why Happiness “The research shows that we need a change of priorities, both at the societal level and as individuals. Happiness and fulfilment come less from material wealth and more from relationships; less from focussing on ourselves and more from helping others; less from external factors outside our control and more from the way in which we choose to react to what happens to us.”

10centlemonade says Perspective 🙂

The video is here and I think you will enjoy it very much

Find your happiness, Share your Happiness

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