While 60% of happiness is determined by an individual’s genetics and environment, a whopping 40% is self-determined.
Martin Seligman, one of the pioneers of Positive Psychology, has identified three different kinds of happy lives:
1. A Life of Pleasure: A life filled with as many pleasures and positive emotions as possible.
2. A Life of Engagement: Deep engagement in parenting, love, work and leisure and the regular experience of Flow.
3. The Meaningful Life: A life that "consists of knowing what your highest strengths are, and using them to belong to and in the service of something larger than you are."
While it might sound overwhelming to tackle concepts like meaning and engagement, happy people practice daily habits (or skills) that demonstrate aspects of each of these kinds of lives; habits that many of us can learn to incorporate into our own lives to give ourselves that extra boost of happiness.
Research has found that supremely happy people:
- have a great breadth and depth of relationships
- focus more on experiences than on material items
- are clear about their priorities
- are open to new experiences
- regularly experience flow (in play or work)
- think of themselves as always learning
- know how to overcome failure quickly
- practice gratitude and mindfulness
- can let go of negative emotions quickly and move on
- and more...
What are your resolutions for 2015? How are they related to your happiness on a fundamental level? If you had access to an easy, affordable and quick method to attain your goals would you use it? Do any of your goals for 2015 relate to your family life?
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