I love this Thoreau quote. It hangs in the holiday cottage we stay at in Cornwall and I just had to photograph it on our last visit. It reminds me that happiness is not a final destination we may one day reach or a rare state exclusive to the few. Happiness is actually more achievable than we think if only we can change our view of it. It's about enjoying the journey of life and finding moments of joy along the way.
Today I stumbled across an interesting BBC article which suggests we can become happier if we change our attitude.
Can we make ourselves happier? According to studies from all over the globe collated by the World Happiness Database in Rotterdam, we can. But the path to happiness may not be where we are looking for it.Results from the project suggest that goal setting isn't always the route to happiness. Some factors affecting your happiness such as where you live and your relationship status are not easy to change but others are. Suggested ways to happiness include:
- Leading an active life at work and in our spare time.
- Developing an appreciation of happiness as we gain life experiences.
- Doing less of what doesn't make you happy – ditching the chores sometimes and making more time for relaxation and interests instead.
- Not judging yourself too harshly – look for the beauty in yourself just as others do. Accept those compliments and believe in them. Accentuate your strengths and accept we all have imperfections.
- Accepting you can't be happy all of the time. Learn from the lows in your life.
- Focusing on the quality of your relationships not how many friends you have.
- Considering the relationship between the stresses of your job versus the pay you receive. For example, is the time spent commuting to work worth the pay?
It's definitely a good read and makes many more good points. I'd love to know what you think.
Do we set ourselves too many goals because we're unhappy? Or can goal setting be useful in creating a happier life? Is happiness actually within our grasp only we're too focused on our perceived unhappiness that it escapes us?